Zimbabwe pull Lankans back

Published: Monday, June 7, 2010, 16:01 [IST]
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Sri lankans allout for 236

Harare: The Zimbabwean bowlers managed to come back strongly after Dilshan and Tharanga got the tourist to a flying start. They managed to wrap up the Sri Lankan score at 236 allout.

Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer made the all important breakthroughs for the home team as Sri Lanka failed to capitalize on the start Dilshan and Tharanga had produced.

Utseya got the important wicket of Dilshan who was looking very dangerous, trying to use his feet being stumped by Taibu. Then he followed up with one more important wicket of Dinesh Chandimal who had hit a prolific ton against the Indians in the last match. Cremer contributed with an important wicket of Tharanga who was the man in form.

Utseya finshed with 2-41 in 10 overs. While Cremer bowled 8 overs to give away 33 runs for 2 wickets.

Chris Mpofu played his part getting two scalps in the 44th over. He managed to get Thissara Perera clean bowled with a well directed yorker and got one more wicket of Lahiru Thirimanne in the same over. He finished off with 2-32 in 9 overs.

At the start of play, captain Dilshan and Tharanga got Sri Lanka off to a flier putting up a first wicket partnership of 122. Dilshan scored a breezy 78 runs hitting 2 mighty sixes in his innings. He showed sublime form ahead of the finals and played all around the wicket in his 78 runs innings.

After Dilshan's wicket, the following Sri Lankan batsmen never managed to settle and lost wickets at regular intervals.

Earlier, Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbara had won the toss and elected to bowl against Sri Lanka, which is like a dress rehearsal match before the finals.

The two teams are already qualified for the finals after India suffered a major defeat to Sri Lanka.


Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Charles Coventry, Elton Chigumbura (C), Tatenda Taibu (W), Craig Ervine, Chamu Chibhabha, Chris Mpofu,

Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Ray Price

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan (C), Dinesh Chandimal (W), Chamara Kapugedara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeewan Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Thissara Perera, Dilhara Fernando, Suraj Randiv, Thilan Thushara


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