Monday 12 January 2009 

Zimbabwe Collapse To 80 All Out To Hand Sri Lanka Win

Zimbabwe Collapse To 80 All Out To Hand Sri Lanka Win
Zimbabwe Collapse To 80 All Out To Hand Sri Lanka Win
© REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 
Zimbabwe Collapse To 80 All Out To Hand Sri Lanka Win
Zimbabwe Collapse To 80 All Out To Hand Sri Lanka Win
© REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Sri Lanka 210-6 (Mathews 52no, Rainsford 3-41) beat
Zimbabwe 80 (Kulasekara 3-13, Mendis 3-15) by 130 runs

Tri-Series One Day International, Mirpur

Zimbabwe were bowled out for just 80 as Sri Lanka wrapped up a 130-run win despite a mid-innings collapse in their tri-series ODI in Mirpur.

A maiden half-century from Angelo Mathews rescued Sri Lanka after and enabled them to post 210 for six before three wickets from Nuwan Kulasekera and Ajantha Mendis were too much for Zimbabwe, for whom only Stuart Matsikenyeri (15) reached double figures.

Mathews was unbeaten on 52 as he helped his side bounce back from 97 for five with stands of 69 with Jehan Mubarak (31) and 44 with Thilan Thushara (28 not out).

Sri Lanka had made a good start before an Ed Rainsford triple strike knocked them back. The paceman sent back Kumar Sangakkara (4), Mahela Jayawardene (0) and Chamara Kapugedera (4) to leave Sri Lanka reeling.

Sanath Jayasuriya (42) and Upul Tharanga (22) had put on 51 for the first wicket in 8.4 overs, Jayasuriya blasting six fours.

Right-hander Mathews dropped anchor to ensure that his side wouldn't be bowled out, occupying the crease for 96 balls, hitting one four and two sixes towards the end of the innings to haul Sri Lanka up to a competitive total.

Thushara also smashed two sixes late on as Rainsford finished with figures of three for 41.

210 proved to be more than enough as Zimbabwe's batting collapsed in familiar fashion, and just like it had when they went down 5-0 to Sri Lanka before Christmas.

Pacer Kulasekera removed openers Hamilton Masakadza (3) and Vusi Sibanda (7) as well as the dangerous Taibu for nine and after Thushara and Mathews had grabbed a wicket apiece, it was left to spin twins Mendis (3-15) and Muttiah Muralitharan (2-4) ripped through the lower order with a minimum of fuss.

Zimbabwe lost their last five wickets for 10 runs and they managed as many boundaries as a team (6) as Tharanga had hit on his own earlier in the day.

In the process of his spell, Mendis became the quickest man to reach 50 wickets in One Day Internationals in just his 19th match.

Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by 38 runs in the opening match on Saturday (January 10th) and the final is on January 16th.

© Cricket World 2009

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