Thisara Perera’s all-round show guides Sri Lanka to win over Zimbabwe
Thisara Perera got here up with stellar all-round efficiency as Sri Lanka stayed alive within the tri-nation one-day event, securing a five-wicket win towards Zimbabwe on Sunday.
Perera’s 4-33 wrapped up Zimbabwe innings for 198 earlier than his fluent 26-ball 39 not out helped Sri Lanka race to 202-5 in 44.5 overs. He hit one 4 and three sixes, the final of which sealed the sport.
Opener Kusal Perera was the best scorer with 49 whereas captain Dinesh Chandimal was not out on 38.
“Thisara is performing as a batsman and bowler. It is crucial; we missed the most senior player after the first game so Thisara stood as up as a performer,” Chandimal mentioned. “As I said, once you get a start in the top four you need to bat long. That’s what we need to do, and we will have three more days to come up with a good plan.”
Despite dropping opener Upul Tharanga cheaply, Sri Lanka cruised to victory as Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis stored the aspect untroubled, rotating the strike intelligently.
Zimbabwe, nonetheless, briefly appeared to flip the sport of their favor, courtesy to paceman Blessing Muzarabani who moved the ball admirably on a useful floor to strike thrice in three overs.
He broke via with the wicket of Kusal Perera who scored 49 and shared a 70-run stand with Mendis. Muzarabani adopted it up with the wicket of Mendis (36) and Niroshan Dickwella (7) to increase the prospect of one other victory over Sri Lanka.
Chandimal resisted however Kyle Jarvis additional troubled Sri Lanka with the wicket of Asela Gunratne (9). Perera’s effort with the ball gave Sri Lanka a comparatively straightforward goal to chase. Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep performed a powerful supporting position, claiming a profession greatest 3-28.
Brendan Taylor who returned to the Zimbabwe nationwide group following his three-year stint with Nottinghamshire, was the best scorer with 58.
He held collectively the innings after Perera had Zimbabwe wobbling at 56-3.
Left arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan then dismissed the in-form Sikandar Raza, leaving Zimbabwe on 73-4 however Taylor was unfazed by the spirited Sri Lanka aspect, which wanted to win the sport to have any likelihood of becoming a member of Bangladesh within the remaining.
Taylor and Malcolm Waller mixed for a 63-run stand for the fifth wicket to resurrect the innings earlier than Sandakan once more struck to eliminate Waller on 24.
Perera then returned for his second spell to take the prized scalp of Taylor after he had introduced up his 33rd half-century, which included six fours.
Taylor’s dismissal successfully ended Zimbabwe’s hopes of setting an enormous complete.
Pradeep joined the get together to clear up the tail, as Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer offered the resistance reaching 34 earlier than seeing his leg-stump uprooted.
“We were probably 30 runs short with the bat. We need one of the top four to bat through the innings,” Cremer mentioned.
“Taylor played well, but we need one to bat till 45 overs. The seamers did quite well, maybe a bit inconsistent with the length.” Playing for the primary time within the event, Sandakan returned figures of 2-57.