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Sri Lanka bowled out for 152 in ODI vs. Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka bowled out for 152 in ODI vs. Sri Lanka

Opening bowler Ed Rainsford took 3-22 as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 152 runs on Sunday in the final ODI against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club.
It was Sri Lanka's lowest total in the series, putting Zimbabwe in a good position to salvage a face-saving victory after going down 4-0 despite being competitive in the last two matches.
The Sri Lanka innings was shaky from the start. Captain Mahela Jayawardene opened the batting but was bowled for his second consecutive duck when he sliced Tawanda Mupariwa after 3.4 overs. Prosper Utseya took a comfortable catch in the covers.
Opening bowlers Ed Rainsford and Mupariwa extracted good movement of a drier wicket in their first spells. Rainsford, a right-arm medium pace bowler, had the other opener Upul Tharanga playing to his stumps for six in the seventh over.
Mupariwa, the right-arm seamer who has been Zimbabwe's success story of the series, struck again with a slower ball, having Chamara Kapugedara (4) lofting to Stuart Matsikenyeri at square leg.
That wicket made Mupariwa the fastest Zimbabwean bowler to reach 50 wickets in ODI cricket. The 23-year-old from Bulawayo is playing in his 28th game and broke Eddo Brandes record of 50 wickets from 37 ODIs.
Part-time off-spinner Stuart Matsikenyeri was introduced and also bowled effectively, breaking a 39-run stand for the fourth wicket by Kumar Sangakkara and Thilina Kandmby
Sangakkara wielded the bat widely to wicketkeeper Taibu for 28 off 57 balls.
Zimbabwe kept fielding well, and Sri Lanka's second boundary didn't come until the 27th over when Jehan Mubarak swept Matsikenyeri across midwicket.
Mubarak and Kandimby were kept in check by the spinners, and only added 16 runs.
Sri Lanka were on the back foot again when Stuart Matsikenyeri, the most agile fielder in the Zimbabwe team, scooped a low catch in the covers off Dabengwa to dismiss Mubarak, who was unable to repeat his display from the fourth ODI when he steered the Asians to victory with a composed 60 not out.
Kandimby continued with Angelo Mathews, who made his second ODI appearance, and added 40 runs from 100 balls before being run out in the 45th over.
Nuwan Kulasekera faced just three balls before playing across to be bowled clean by Price for one run.
The reintroduction of seamers saw the Sri Lankans open up a bit. Mathews smashed Rainsford over deep midwicket for six in the 47th over and scored 31 off 30 balls. However, Muralitharan was run out after a mix-up with Mathews, and Rainsford finished off the innings by dislodging Dilhara Fernando's middle stump for two.


Updated : 2021-10-18 08:55 GMT+08:00