Jayawardene Century Sets Up Sri Lanka Victory

Jayawardene Century Sets Up Sri Lanka Victory
Jayawardene Century Sets Up Sri Lanka Victory
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Sri Lanka 173-7 (Jayawardene 100, Price 2-32) beat
Zimbabwe 29-1 by 14 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method)
ICC World Twenty20 Group B, Guyana

Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene stroked a superb century before rain and tight bowling helped his side complete a 14-run Duckworth/Lewis method over Zimbabwe and put themselves back in the reckoning for the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies.

The 2009 runners-up had needed to win the game to stay in the tournament after an opening-day loss to New Zealand and with Jayawardene in top form, they dominated the match, reaching 173 for seven and then restricting Zimbabwe to 29 for one in the five overs of their innings that was possible.

Jayawardene followed up his 81 in the opening game against New Zealand with 100 in 64 balls, becoming the fourth man to register a Twenty20 International century and first Sri Lankan by hitting ten fours and six sixes.

He held Sri Lanka's innings together as Zimbabwe bowled and fielded competently and only Kumar Sangakkara (24) and Chamara Kapugedera (13) could reach double figures as well as opene Jayawardene.

Spinners Ray Price and Greg Lamb took a pair of wickets while Elton Chigumbura, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer also struck but the class of Jayawardene put Sri Lanka into a winning position.

The rain then arrived with Zimbabwe on four without loss after one over and after a lengthy delay, they were asked to chase 104 in 11 overs.

With Sri Lankan spinners Sanath Jayasuriya, Ajantha Mendis and Suraj Randiv keeping it extremely tight, Zimbabwe had lsot the wicket of Hamilton Masakadza to a desperate run out and had failed to even score a boundary by the time the match was eventually abandoned with them crawling to 29 for one in five overs.

Should New Zealand beat Zimbabwe on 4th May, Sri Lanka will progress to the Super Eights but should Zimbabwe upset New Zealand instead, they will be relying on net run-rate to see them through.

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