Dhaka - Thisara Perera starred with bat and ball as Sri Lanka ended their
recent dismal run by beating Zimbabwe by five wickets in the tri-nation
one-day international (ODI) tournament in Dhaka on Sunday.
claimed four wickets to lead an inspired Sri Lankan bowling attack that
limited Zimbabwe to 198 all out before his unbeaten 39 helped the
islanders to chase down their target in 44.5 overs.
Sri Lanka were
in trouble at 145-5 before skipper Dinesh Chandimal (38 not out) and
Perera put on an unbeaten 57-run stand for the sixth wicket.
who bats left-handed, sealed the win with a six to keep Sri Lanka's
tournament hopes alive after they lost against Zimbabwe and hosts
Zimbabwe paceman Blessing Muzarabani claimed three
wickets to rattle the Sri Lankan top-order after opener Kusal Perera's
But the day belonged to Thisara Perera, who soon
took the attack to the opposition with his 26-ball knock that was laced
with a four and 3 sixes.
"He is a good experienced player. He has
(been) playing tournaments everywhere. He is performing as a batsman and
bowler. It is crucial," Chandimal, who led the side in place of injured
Angelo Mathews, said of Perera.
"We missed the most senior player
(Mathews) after the first game, so Thisara stood as up as a performer. I
am really happy for him," he added.
Earlier Perera ran through
the Zimbabwe top-order, grabbing the most vital wicket of Brendan
Taylor, who top-scored with 58 before his side were bowled out in 44
The 28-year old Perera, who bowls medium-pace, was ably supported by fellow paceman Nuwan Pradeep (3-28).
wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan took two wickets before Pradeep wiped
off the Zimbabwe tail including the prized wicket of skipper Graeme
Cremer for 34.
However Cremer made no excuses for the loss.
"I thought, obviously we were 30 runs short with the bat. The wicket played a lot different to the last game," said Cremer.
The win kept Sri Lanka in the hunt for a spot in the final as they still have a game in hand against Bangladesh.
who beat Sri Lanka by 12 runs in their first match of the tournament,
also can qualify for the final if they can beat the hosts in their next
match on Tuesday.