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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sri Lankan Thrashed Zimbabwe by 130 Runs in the Tri-Nation Tournament 2009 in Bangladesh

(This entry was first published on Monday, January 12th, 2009)

Sri Lanka crushed Zimbabwe by 130 runs in their first match of Tri-Nation tournament in Bangladesh. In the first match of the tournament, Zimbabwe defeated Bangladesh by 38 runs. Winning the toss Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya decided to bowl first and invited Sri Lanka in batting. Sri Lanka started off well as they put 51 runs on the board for the first wicket, but losing some quick wickets they fell under huge pressure. At one stage, Sri Lanka was 97 for 5. Opener Upul Tharanga scored 43 runs. From that stage, Angelo Mathews and Jehan Mubara built a 69-run sixth wicket partnership, helping Sri Lanka to come out of the pressure. Jehan Mubara played a short but important innings of 31 runs. However, Angelo Mathews was instrumental behind Sri Lanka’s decent total of 210 runs as the youngster played an excellent innings of unbeaten 52. For the seventh wicket, Mathews and Thilan Thushara added 44 runs. Thushara scored 287 runs.

Chasing down decent total, Zimbabwean batsmen failed to stave off the challenge posed by Sri Lankan bowlers, especially pacer Nuwan Kulasekara and spinner Ajantha Mendis. Both Kulasekara and Mendis picked up three wickets each with other spinner Muralitharan bagging 2 wickets. Zimbabwe got all out for only 80 with highest 15 runs coming from Stuart Matsikenyeri’s bat.

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