Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in tri-nations opener
(REUTERS) – Opener Dhananjaya de Silva struck an unbeaten 78 to help Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets yesterday in the opening match of the triangular one-day tournament that also features West Indies.de Silva made his highest ODI score off 75 balls as his side reached their target in less than half the allocated time, after Zimbabwe were bowled out for 154 in 41.3 overs.Niroshan Dickwella made 41 in the other significant contribution as Sri Lanka compiled 155 for two in 24.3 overs.Earlier, the visiting seamers scythed through the top order to leave Zimbabwe 50 for six before Peter Moor (47) and captain Graeme Cremer (31 not out) fought back.Sri Lanka meet West Indies at the same Harare Sports Club venue tomorrow while Zimbabwe’s next game is against West Indies in Bulawayo on Saturday.ZIMBABWE inningsB. Chari c K. Mendis b Lakmal 7C. Chibhabha lbw b Pradeep 18C. Ervine c K. Mendis b Lakmal 0S. Raza c Pathirana b N. Kulasekara 1S. Williams stp. Dickwella b Pathirana 9P. Moor lbw b N. Kulasekara 47E. Chigumbura c Dickwella b Pradeep 1G. Cremer not out 31D. Tiripano c N. Kulasekara b Gunaratne 19C. Mumba lbw b Gunaratne 1T. Panyangara c Jayasuriya b Gunaratne 12Extras: (lb-2, w-6) 8Total: (all out, 41.3 overs) 154Fall of wickets: 1-13, 2-13, 3-14, 4-29, 5-46, 6-50, 7-105, 8-136, 9-139.Bowling: N. Kulasekara 8-2-23-2 (w-1), S. Lakmal 7-0-19-2, S. Pathirana 10-0-44-1 (w-1), N. Pradeep 7-1-21-2 (w-3), S. Jayasuriya 3-0-24-0, A. Gunaratne 6.3-1-21-3 (w-1).SRI LANKA inningsD. de Silva not out 78K. Perera c Raza b Chibhabha 21N. Dickwella c Mumba b Panyangara 41K. Mendis not out 12Extras: (lb-2, nb-1) 3Total: (for 2 wickets, 24.3 overs) 155Fall of wickets: 1-56, 2-140.Bowling; T. Paryangano 3-0-37-1 (nb-1), C. Mumba 4-0-31-0, D. Tiripano 3-0-17-0, C. Chibhabha 2-0-18-1, S. Raza 3-0-25-0, G. Cremer 5-0-25-0.