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Sri Lanka romp to Tri-Series win

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Sri Lanka cruised to a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe with more than 12 overs to spare to win the Tri-Nation Series. 

Victory over the West Indies on Friday saw Zimbabwe progress to the final but they were soundly beaten in Bulawayo, Upul Tharanga hitting an unbeaten 57 for Sri Lanka after the hosts had been bowled out for 160 in 36.3 overs.

Sri Lanka lost three early wickets in their reply to give Zimbabwe a glimmer of hope but half-centuries from Tharanga and Kusal Mendis (57) ensured the visitors got over the line comfortably.

Zimbabwe's innings got off to an ominous start when, having won the toss and elected to bat, they lost both openers in the first five overs to find themselves 19-2.

A partnership of 53 between Tarisai Musakana (36) and Craig Ervine (25) recovered the situation somewhat before both fell in quick succession to Jeffrey Vandersay (3-50) as Zimbabwe lost three wickets in four overs to stumble to 89-5.

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From there wickets began to tumble with increasing regularity, Sean Williams' 35 the only real resistance before he was one of three wickets to fall to Asela Gunaratne (3-10); the seamer taking his wickets in the space of just four balls across two overs to wrap up the innings.

Brian Vitori (3-52) then trapped Dhananjaya de Silva lbw with the first ball of the Sri Lanka innings and when he removed Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera soon after, Sri Lanka were wobbling at 42-3.

However, Mendis and Tharanga added 75 for the fourth wicket and by the time Williams brilliantly caught the former at deep backward square, the game was up for Zimbabwe.

Gunaratne (16no) was next to the crease but it was left to Tharanga to finish the job, the left-hander whipping the ball through midwicket to bring up his fifty before launching the next ball back over bowler's head for a maximum to see his side home with 75 balls to spare.

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