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Dhananjaya de Silva, bowlers get Sri Lanka to winning start

Dhananjaya de Silva, bowlers get Sri Lanka to winning start
Nuwan Kulasekara picked two wickets on his comeback
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Sri Lanka 155-2 (de Silva 78no) beat
Zimbabwe 154 (Moor 47) by eight wickets
First One-Day International in Harare

After a collective bowling performance from Sri Lanka restricted Zimbabwe to 154, Dhananjaya de Silva led the chase with an unbeaten 78 to ensure an eight-wicket win for the visitors in the first game of the tri-series in Harare.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bowl first. Suranga Lakmal (2-19) struck twice in the fourth over to remove Brian Chari (7) and Craig Ervine (0) while Nuwan Kulasekara (2-23) picked Sikandar Raza (1) as Zimbabwe were restricted to 25 for three at the end of the powerplay.

Things went from bad to worse for the hosts as Sachith Pathirana (1-44) had Sean Williams (9) caught behind. After a brief 17-run stand with Peter Moor (47), Chamu Chibhabha (18) was trapped LBW by Nuwan Pradeep (2-21).

Vital knocks from Moor, Graeme Cremer (31 not out) and Donald Tiripano (19) helped Zimbabwe post 154 before they were bowled out.

In their chase, de Silva (78 not out) and Kusal Perera (21) provided a solid opening stand of 56 in just 62 deliveries. Even though, Chibhabha (1-58) provided Zimbabwe with the initial breakthrough by dismissing Kusal, Niroshan Dickwella (41) played a 38-ball blistering knock and added 84 runs with de Silva.

De Silva's 50 came off 46 deliveries and had nine boundaries included in it. Sri Lanka eventually reached the target in 24.3 overs with eight wickets in hand. The win helped Sri Lanka secure five points in the tri-series while de Silva was named the man of the match.

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