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Saturday, 8 December, 2001, 17:40 GMT
Vaas celebrates record haul
PA: Chaminda Vaas takes another wicket against Zimbabwe
Heath Streak falls to Vaas, one of eight victims
Chaminda Vaas took Sri Lanka's first hat-trick in one-day internationals to help skittle out Zimbabwe for 38, the lowest one-day score in history.

The Sri Lankan paceman admitted that he was "extremely happy" with his Colombo performance.

He finished with eight wickets for 19, having dismissed Stuart Carlisle, Craig Wishart and Tatendra Taibu with successive balls.

And Vaas repeatedly exploited the early-morning moisture to surpass compatriot Muttiah Muralitharan's record one-day haul of seven for 30.

"I am extremely happy with the hat-trick," he said afterwards.

"I have got my rhythm back and I am able to move the ball better.

Freak game

Zimbabwe skipper Carlisle was less impressed with proceedings.

"It was one of the freak games. I wish it had not happened," he said.

"We have to look toward tomorrow. All credit goes to Chaminda Vaas and I am not blaming the pitch for the result."

The match was the first one of a triangular series involving Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and West Indies.

On Sunday, Zimbabwe will be in action again, this time against West Indies.

The match is set to start at 0400 GMT.

Sri Lanka's previous best one-day result had been in October 2000 when they bowled India out for 54 in the Champions Trophy final in Sharjah.

Then, Vaas recorded bowling figures of 5-14.

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