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21-Jan-2018 13:51:00 GMT
SL v Zim, 4th match, Dhaka

Thisara all-rounder shows helps Sri Lanka first win

Dhaka: Thisara Perera picked up four wickets and compiled a timely unbeaten 39 as Sri Lanka overcame Zimbabwe by 5 wickets in the fourth one-day international of the tri-nation tournament in Dhaka on Sunday.

Sri Lanka managed to chase the total under 45 overs with Kusal Perera (49) being the top scorer. Zimbabwe had their moments in the game, giving Lankans a tough fight.

Thisara Perera was the star performer for Sri Lanka with the ball picking up 4 wickets for  33 in his eight overs and contributed 39 runs with the bat.

Thisara Perera and Dinesh Chandimal added 57 runs to the sixth wicket to register first win for Sri Lanka in 2018. Both Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will look to win their last game against Bangladesh to qualify.

Zimbabwe are on the second spot in the points table with a better run rate. So, even if Sri Lanka lose Zimbabwe have a better chance to qualify.

Blessing Muzarabani took three out of Sri Lanka’s five wickets. He dismissed the in form Kusal Perera on 49.

Kusal was the top scorer in the last match scoring 80 runs. He bowled Kusal Mendis who was looking good on 38.

Sri Lanka seemed to be struggling at 117 for 4 as Niroshan Dickwella edged one to the kepper on Muzarabani’s bowling.

Brief scores:
Sri Lanka 202 for 5 (K Perera 49, T Perera 39*, Muzarabani 3-52) beat Zimbabwe 198 (Taylor 58, Thisara 4-33, Pradeep 3-28) by five wickets

Earlier, Thisara led an inspired Sri Lankan bowling attack to help bowl out Zimbabwe for 198.

Perera claimed four wickets with his medium-pace as Zimbabwe survived 44 overs after electing to bat first.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor top-scored with 58.

Perera, who ran through the Zimbabwe top-order including Taylor's wicket, was ably supported by fellow paceman Nuwan Pradeep (3-28).

Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan took wickets before Pradeep wiped off the Zimbabwe tail including the prized wicket of skipper Graeme Cremer for 34.

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