Sri Lanka kept their hope to play tri-nation final as they won against Zimbabwe by 5 wickets in the fourth ODI of the Tri-Nation Series at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Sunday.
The islanders opener Kushal Perera scored team highest 49 runs off 57 balls where he fired four boundaries with one over boundary.All-rounder Thisara Perera played a quick innings of 39 runs off 26 balls including one boundary with three massive sixes.
Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal played an unbeaten knock of 38 runs from 71 balls which included two boundaries while Kusal Mendis made 33 runs off 44 balls with four boundaries.
Blessing Muzarabani bagged three wickets for his 10-over bowling spell allowing 52 runs while Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara took 1 wicket each for the team.
Earlier, Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to bat first. Lankan bowlers restricted team Zimbabwe at a total of 198 in 44 overs.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Brendan Taylor scored the highest 58 runs off 80 balls including six boundaries where Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer made the second highest 34 off 42 balls with three boundaries.
Zimbabwe’s opening stand Hamilton Masakadza and Solomon Mire made a steady start contributing 44-run in 10 overs.Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera removed Masakadza for 20 runs. Later he continued his attack on Zimbabwe innings as he scalped wickets of Craig Ervine who managed 2 runs, Solomon Mire scored 21 runs and Sikandar Raza made only 9 runs for the team Zimbabwe.
Perea grabbed four wickets conceding 33 runs in his 8 overs and Nuwan Pradeeep supported him very well yesterday’s match with three for 28 runs in 8 overs while Lakshan Sandakan bagged two wickets for 57 in his allotted of 10 overs.
All-rounder Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka was adjudged player of the match for his extraordinary performance with bowl and bat.