Jayasuriya spins Sri Lanka to victory

Published: Tuesday, November 30, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Harare: Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya snapped up four wickets in 15 balls as his team won the second test against Zimbabwe by six wickets on the fifth and final day today.

Jayasuriya's left-arm spin polished off Zimbabwe's second innings for 292 immediately before lunch, the last four wickets tumbling for just eight runs. Sri Lanka, left to make just 35 for victory, were shaken when four wickets crashed for 20 before Romesh Kaluwitharana completed the task at 38 for four in the 16th over.

Seamer Gary Brent jolted the touring team by dispatching Jayasuriya, Russel Arnold and Tillekaratne Dilshan in a spell of three for 21. Zimbabwe had started the day on 235 for six, needing 258 to avoid an innings defeat, and reached 284 without further loss before Jayasuriya struck 20 minutes before lunch.

Home captain Andy Flower was first to go when he sliced a catch to Marvan Atapattu, ending his defiant innings of 129. He batted 424 minutes, faced 304 balls and hit eight fours. The dismissal broke a seventh-wicket partnership of 125 between Flower and Guy Whittall, who went on to make an unbeaten 53.

Three balls later Brent was trapped LBW by Jayasuria's arm ball, followed three overs later by Bryan Strang being caught by Jayawardene at slip. Henry Olonga was last out, trapped leg before for a duck, as Jayasuriya finished with his test-best figures of four for 40. Dilshan was named man-of-the-match for his undefeated 163 in Sri Lanka's first innings.

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