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Sri Lanka thrash feeble Zimbabwe

Tri-series one-day international, Mirpur:
Sri Lanka 210-6 beat Zimbabwe 80 by 130 runs
Match scorecard
Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates taking a wicket for Sri Lanka
Kulasekara finished with figures of 3-13 from seven overs

Three wickets each for Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha Mendis saw Sri Lanka dismiss Zimbabwe for just 80 runs in an embarrassingly easy 130-run victory.

Stuart Matsikenyeri (15) was the only Zimbabwe batsman to hit double figures as Sri Lanka's bowlers took 28.2 overs to secure the Tri-Nation win in Mirpur.

Sri Lanka made 210 from their 50 overs although Edward Rainsford's impressive bowling reduced them to 97-5.

But Angelo Mathews (52) and Jehan Mubarak (31) led a Sri Lanka recovery.

It was all-rounder Mathew's first international half-century in his third appearance for Sri Lanka.

"We always knew that Angelo has got potential. He has proved that over and over with the A team and Under-19 side.

"We had the opportunity to get him in the squad, [and] he paid a lot of dividend to us," said skipper Mahela Jayawardene.

Mathews, 21, put on 69 for the sixth wicket with Mubarak, hitting two sixes and a solitary four during his patient innings.

He then added a further 44 with Thilan Thushara to ensure Sri Lanka's bowlers had a decent total to defend.

And they soon reduced Zimbabwe to 53-5 as Kulasekara (3-13) ripped through the top order.

Mathews and Thushara chipped in with a wicket a piece, while Mendis (3-15) wrapped up the innings when he had Tawanda Mupariwa caught for a duck.

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