In a crucial match to qualify for the World Cup, Sri Lanka emerged victorious against Zimbabwe by 9 wickets.
Chasing a target of 166 runs, the Sri Lankan team displayed a dominant performance, reaching the goal with the loss of only one wicket and a remarkable 101 balls to spare.
Pathum Nishanka played a magnificent innings, scoring an unbeaten century, marking his second ODI century in his career. His partnership with Dimuth Karunaratne set a solid foundation for the team, with the opening wicket stand reaching 103 runs before Dimuth was dismissed for 30 runs.
Kusal Mendis joined Pathum on the field and contributed with a resilient knock of 30 not out, supporting his teammate’s century quest. Pathum showcased his skill and determination, ultimately reaching his century with a boundary off the last ball he faced, securing the team’s victory. He finished with an impressive 101 runs off 102 balls, including 14 boundaries.
Earlier in the match, Sri Lankan bowlers proved to be a formidable threat, restricting Zimbabwe to a total of 165 runs in 32.2 overs. Dilshan Madhusankha led the bowling attack by claiming three early wickets for 15 runs in his five overs. Mahish Thiekshana showcased his brilliance by taking four wickets for 25 runs in 8.2 overs, while Matisha Pathirana contributed with two wickets for 18 runs in three overs.
With this triumph, the Sri Lankan team maintains an unbeaten record and secures a top position on the points table.