Zimbabwe Bowled Out For 199 In Tri-Series Final
Zimbabwe 199 (Taibu 71, Fernando 3-36) v Sri Lanka
One-Day International tri-series final, Harare
Zimbabwe were bowled out for 199 after losing the toss and being invited to bat first by Sri Lanka in the One-Day International tri-series final in Harare.
All six group matches produced victories for the side batting second and it was no surprise to see Sri Lanka captain TIllakaratne Dilshan opt for his side to chase.
His bowlers made an excellent start as Nuwan Kulasekara had Hamilton Masakadza (4) caught behind by Dinesh Chandimal and in-form opener Brendan Taylor superbly caught by Thilan Samaraweera for the first of three Dilhara Fernando wickets and when Craig Ervine was run out, Zimbabwe were in trouble at 49 for three.
Tatenda Taibu and Greg Lamb then put on a stand of 90 for the fourth wicket to raise hopes of the home side at least passing 200 but their stand was broken when Taibu, who made 71 in 93 balls, was caught by Chamara Kapugedera as Fernando struck again and wickets then tumbled as the Zimbabwe batsmen tried in vain to force the pace.
Lamb made a patient 37 in 65 balls before he was bowled by Jeevan Mendis and while Elton Chigumbura (10), Charles Coventry (18) and Prosper Utseya (10 not out) made starts, sharp fielding and smart bowling from Sri Lanka prevented them going on.
Fernando completed figures of three for 36 by bowling Graeme Cremer for three while Ajantha and Jeevan Mendis took two wickets apiece.
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