Sri Lanka crush hapless Zimbabwe in tri-series
Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan cracked an unbeaten 60 to lead Sri Lanka to a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in a rain-curtailed one-dayer in the tri-nation series in Bulawayo today.cricket Updated: Jun 02, 2010 00:14 IST
Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan cracked an unbeaten 60 to lead Sri Lanka to a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in a rain-curtailed one-dayer in the tri-nation series in Bulawayo on Tuesday.
Chasing 119 for a win from 26 overs, Dilshan took the inexperienced Zimbabwe bowlers to the cleaners with his 45-ball innings, which contained seven fours and a six.
He was given able support by opening partner Upul Tharanga (37-ball 40) as Sri Lanka romped home with 10.4 overs to spare at the Queens Sports Club. Earlier, off-spinner Suraj Randiv led a disciplined Sri Lankan bowling charge with three scalps to skittle Zimbabwe out for 118 in 24.5 overs after Dilshan won the toss and inserted the home side.
The match was reduced to a 26-over affair after the start was delayed by more than four hours due to rain. Tharanga and Dilshan, who stitched an 86-run opening stand, almost clinched the issue for Sri Lanka, but the opening combo came to an end when wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor found Tharanga short of the crease in 11th over. Tharanga cracked six fours during his breezy 37-ball innings.
Dinesh Chandimal (10 not out) then paired up with Dilshan to complete the formalities as Sri Lanka reached 119 for one in 15.2 overs. Tuesday's win means that all the three teams are on two points with a victory each from two matches.
Sri Lanka had lost to India on Sunday. Zimbabwe had beaten India on Friday in the tournament opener.
Earlier, Randiv, who gave away 23 runs for the three wickets, received good support from Dilhara Fernando (2/26), Ajantha Mendis (2/21) and Jeevan Mendis (2/12).
Opener Hamilton Masakadza waged a lone battle for Zimbabwe as his 62 off 69 balls helped the hosts cross the 100-run mark before being all out in 24.5 overs.
Masakadza, who cracked four fours and a six, was the only batsman to negotiate the disciplined Sri Lankan bowling. Zimbabwe were off to a rather slow start as the first five overs yielded only 18 runs.