Dhaka - Thisara Perera led an inspired Sri Lankan bowling attack to help bowl out Zimbabwe for 198 in the fourth one-day worldwide of the tri-nation tournament in Dhaka on Sunday.
Perera claimed four wickets to lead an inspired Sri Lankan bowling attack that limited Zimbabwe to 198 all out before his unbeaten 39 helped the islanders to chase down their target in 44.5 overs.
Brendan Taylor scored a patient half-century, but the failure of other batsmen to convert starts cost Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka had a scare when Nuwan Pradeep (3-28) limped off the field in the 10th over and Perera (4-33) provided the breakthrough when he had Masakadza caught at short mid-wicket and in his successive overs also had Mire and Craig Ervine (2) dismissed.More news: AG Sessions interviewed by Mueller in Russian Federation probe
Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan took two wickets before Pradeep wiped off the Zimbabwe tail including the prized wicket of skipper Graeme Cremer for 34.
This is Sri Lanka's first win in the tri-series that sees host Bangladesh holding the top position. "The bowlers did really well on this wicket including me", he said.
However, Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera held the innings to take Sri Lanka to a much needed win at Dhaka.
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Despite losing opener Upul Tharanga cheaply, Sri Lanka cruised to victory as Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis kept the side untroubled, rotating the strike intelligently. Taylor scored a fighting 58 and even built a 66 run partnership with Malcolm Waller for the fifth wicket. "The wicket played a lot different to the last game", said Cremer. However, the wickets was not the easiest to bat on under lights. "We will come out hard day after tomorrow". "The seamers did quite well, maybe a bit inconsistent with the length". This is a relay baton - we want to do it at both ends.
He had also returned home early during Sri Lanka's tour of India in late 2017, missing the final T20 at Mumbai due to a grade 1 tear to his hamstring.
Barring the first game, Zimbabwe's bowlers have done a good job. Pradeep has an injury but he did well.
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"Zimbabwe have done well against us in the past but we need to play to our strengths and our capabilities and hopefully we can carry on from here".