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Sri Lanka down Zimbabwe to take ODI series

Press AssociationPress Association 27/11/2016

Half-centuries from Kusal Mendis and Upul Tharanga helped Sri Lanka overcome a nervy start to their run-chase as they sealed a six-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the tri-series final.

Sri Lanka's pursuit of 161 for victory got off to a shaky start after they slipped to 3-42 in Bulawayo, with Brian Vitori taking all three wickets, including Dhananjaya de Silva to the first legitimate ball of the innings.

Following the break, Mendis (57) was the aggressor in a 75-run stand alongside Tharanga, who sealed victory with a four then a six to finish on 57 not out as Sri Lanka overhauled their target with 12.3 overs to spare.

Asela Gunaratne helped to take Sri Lanka over the line and contributed an unbeaten 16 after Mendis had fallen to a catch in the deep.

Tarisai Musakanda had earlier top-scored with 36 on his international bow for Zimbabwe, who were skittled for 160 in 36.3 overs after winning the toss in gloomy conditions.

Following a couple of short delays for rain, Musakanda and Craig Ervine (25) combined in a 53-run stand after Zimbabwe had slipped to 2-19.

But Ervine chipped a return catch to legspinner Jeffrey Vandersay, who had Musakanda caught at slip in his next over, and wickets tumbled at regular intervals thereafter as Zimbabwe were bowled out for a score that proved well below-par.

Gunaratne cleaned up the tail to finish as the pick of the bowlers with 3-10 from 4.3 overs, while Vandersay took an impressive 3-50 from his full allotment.

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