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HomenewsHasaranga helps SL to facile series win over Zimbabwe

Hasaranga helps SL to facile series win over Zimbabwe


SL V ZIMBABWE, 2024

Zimbabwe were rolled over for 82, thanks to Hasaranga's 4 for 15

Zimbabwe were rolled over for 82, thanks to Hasaranga’s 4 for 15 © AFP

Led by Wanindu Hasaranga’s 4 for 15, Sri Lanka secured a comfortable 9-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the 3rd T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to seal the three-match series 2-1.

Put in to bat, Zimbabwe lost last match’s top-scorer, Craig Ervine for a first ball duck to Angelo Mathews. Nonetheless, Brian Bennett went on the attack right from the outset, especially against Dilshan Madhushanka, stroking four consecutive boundaries off the left-arm pacer’s first over. However, his brief stay was brought to an end in the next over by Mathews when he miscued a lofted shot to mid on.

Tinashe Kamunhukamwe’s struggled stay was also brought to an end by Maheesh Theekshana in the powerplay, reducing the visitors to 52 for 3 by the sixth over. Sean Williams attempted to steady the innings and he even got a reprieve when Hasaranga put down a tough return catch. Nonetheless, the spinner had his measure and dismissed the batter soon enough, opening the floodgates for a middle order collapse as they lost their last six wickets for only 11 runs in a space of 23 balls, with Hasaranga bagging four of those scalps, bundling out Zimbabwe for only 82 runs.

With a small target to chase, Sri Lanka had little difficulty going about their business. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis put on a 64-run stand in only 46 balls for the opening wicket to all but end the chase. Nissanka took on the short ball challenge by Richard Ngrava and Blessing Muzarabani, and cracked three boundaries of those. Mendis was fluent as usual but top-edged a six off Ngrava to bring up the team’s fifty.

He was soon cleaned up on 33 by Sean Williams’s turner that beat his bat and knocked the stumps. However, Nissanka and Dhanajaya de Silva ensured there were no further hiccups along the way, with the former slogsweeping Sikandar Raza for a six to help his side over the line with 55 balls to spare.

Brief Scores: Zimbabwe 82 in 14.1 overs (Brian Bennett 29; Wanindu Hasaranga 4-15, Maheesh Theekshana 2-14) lost to Sri Lanka 88/1 in 10.5 overs (Pathum Nissanka 39*, Kusal Mendis 33) by 9 wickets

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