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06-Jul-2017 12:32:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI, Hambantota

Openers set up comprehensive win for Sri Lanka

Hambantota: Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the third one-day international in Hambantota on Thursday, take 2-1 lead in five-ODI series.

Sri Lanka, after electing to field, conceded 310 after Zimbabwe rode on Hamilton Masakadza’s 111-run knock gave the visitors a solid platform.

The right-hander had solid stands with Musakanda and Williams and the two contributed with useful 40s in the process.

Sri Lanka bowlers were found wanting as none of them made an impression.

In reply, it was more of an open and shut case as hosts’ openers put on a 229-run stand and made easy work of the stiff chase.

Gunathilaka scored 116 while Dickwella smashed 102 – his maiden ODI hundred. The result gives Sri Lanka 2-1 lead in the five-ODI series.

Sri Lanka ride on a solid opening stand to chase down Zimbabwe’s 310 in the third ODI. After twin tons from both the openers, Tharanga and Mendis finished the chase in clinical fashion.

Earlier, opener Mazakadza hit a sparkling century as Zimbabwe posted 310 for eight.

Masakadza (111) put on a crucial 127-run partnership for the second wicket with Tarisai Musakanda (48) before Sri Lanka's bowlers struck back at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Cricket Stadium.

Masakadza's 98-ball knock, laced with 15 fours and a six, had Zimbabwe eyeing 350-plus at one point before a middle-order collapse pulled them back.

Teenage leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who took a hat-trick on his ODI debut in the second match in Galle, and paceman Asela Gunaratne grabbed two wickets each.

Sean Williams contributed with a gutsy 43 while cameos from wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Moor (24) and Sikandar Raza (25 not out) helped Zimbabwe cross the 300-run mark.

Brief scores
Zimbabwe -
310 for 8 (Masakadza 111, Musakanda 48, Hasaranga 2-44)
Sri Lanka - 312 for 2 (Gunathilaka 116, Dickwella 102)
Result - Sri Lanka won by eight wickets


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