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Sri Lanka too strong for Zimbabwe in triangular series

One-day international tri-series, Bulawayo:
Sri Lanka 119-1 (15.2 ovs) bt Zimbabwe 118 (24.5 ovs) by nine wickets
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Sri Lanka overcame their opening defeat against India

Sri Lanka recorded their first win in the triangular series in Bulawayo with a nine-wicket victory over Zimbabwe.

In a match reduced to 26 overs per side because of rain and a damp outfield, Zimbabwe were all out for 118.

Hamilton Masakadza made more than half of their total, hitting four fours and a six in his 62, spinner Suraj Randiv taking 3-23 for Sri Lanka.

Tillakaratne Dilshan struck seven fours and a six in an unbeaten 60 as Sri Lanka coasted home with 64 balls left.

India are also involved in the triangular competition and the result meant that all three teams have won one match, although the Sri Lankans moved to the top of the table having gained a bonus point because of the speed of their victory.

Upul Tharanga gave them a flying start with acting skipper Dilshan, hitting Chris Mpofu for three fours in the third over.

Dilshan maintained the momentum and fired two boundaries off former Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya in the eighth over to bring the 50 up for his side.

Tharanga ran himself out in the 11th over but his skipper continued the attacking strokeplay and took two fours off Graeme Cremer in the 13th over, subjecting counterpart Elton Chigumbura to the same punishment in the next to reach his half-century.

The three teams play each other again one more time before the final on 9 June.

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