Dilshan ton takes Sri Lanka past plucky Zimbabwe

By Will Turner

cricket

A century from Tillakaratne Dilshan drove Sri Lanka to a nine wicket win in Triangular series final against hosts Zimbabwe in Harare.

Captaining the side in this tournament, the 33-year-old made 108 ensuring his side eased to victory chasing down Zimbabwe’s 199.

Sri Lanka, winning the toss choosing to bowl soon placed the hosts on the back foot. Masakadza again went early as Nuwan Kulasekara and Dilhara Fernando caused early problems.

Brendan Taylor, who scored 276 runs in four games to unexpectedly take his side to the final, could not continue his form and departed for just 19.

Tatenda Taibu with a 93 ball 71 steadied the ship and Greg Lamb supported well with 37 but recalled spinner Ajantha Mendis soon got to work with the older ball, taking out the middle order with 4-44 as Zimbabwe folded to 199 all-out.

In reply the Sri Lankan opening pair of Tharanga and Dilshan dominated from the off.

The seamers were easily dealt with and the introduction of spin, Zimbabwe’s trup card throughout the tournament, was unsuccessful.

With the score at 160, Cremer and Taibu combined to run out Tharanga for 72 but Chandimal came to the crease and along with Dilshan guided Sri Lanka home with no further loss, to secure the win.

Despite their defeat Zimbabwe will be delighted with their performances in the tournament as they continue to rebuild their reputation under English coach Alan Butcher.

MORE:

MORE: The latest football news

MORE: The latest tennis news

BIOGRAPHY: Danny Rose

BIOGRAPHY: Antoine Griezmann

The Sport Review
Federer wins 98th title to reclaim No1 from Nadal, as remarkable duopoly powers on
The Sport Review
10 goalkeepers Liverpool FC could sign in summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Arsenal transfers: 10 targets Gunners could sign for defence in summer
The Sport Review
Take a tour of Cristiano Ronaldo’s stunning house in Madrid
The Sport Review
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
The Sport Review
10 players Chelsea could sign in the 2018 summer transfer window
The Sport Review
Jose Mourinho rates Paul Pogba’s display in France v Portugal
The Sport Review
Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaps to defence of Man United star
The Sport Review
Cesc Fabregas names two things Diego Costa improved at Chelsea FC