Dinesh Chandimal and Charith Asalanka smashed half a century to win five wickets against Sri Lanka Zimbabwe on Sunday in the first international tournament of the day.
Looking for 297 wins, Sri Lanka have been on the 129th run in the 129th run between Chandimal (75) and Asalanka (71) with nine balls to reach the goal and a 1-0 lead in all three. match series in Kandy. Opener Pathum Nissanka made 75 to launch a chase in a wicket in favor of a bat. Sean Williams scored 100 in 296 in Zimbabwe, nine out of 50 overs.
“Our fighters showed class and maturity in the chase,” Captain Dasun Shanaka said after the victory. “Credit to Nissanka, Asalanka and Chandimal. We also have a lot of players on the bench. We want to consider them in the coming games. “
Nissanka made key collaborations with, among other things, opening the 40th stand with Kusal Mendis. Blessing Muzarabani was sent to Kusal 26 and Richard Ngarava fired Kamindu Mendis to check on Sri Lanka. Nissanka, who combined with Chandimal in a 66-run stand, lifted his girlfriend ODI fifty in 48 rounds amidst a thunderous applause from the home side. He fell while trying to play a wide range and was caught behind Sikandar Raza.
But Chandimal and Asalanka combined a right-left batting pair to attack their opponent before losing their wickets.
Chandimal fell against Ngarava and this too captured Asalanka lbw, but Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne completed the victory.
Fifty for Williams, Origin
Earlier, left-winger Williams recorded his fifth ODI century after choosing to join his team. Regis Chakabva, who hit 72, and debutant Takudzwanashe Kaitano, who hit 42, set the bat with an early 80’s stand.
Jeffrey Vandersay broke his partnership with the leg turn and denied Kaitano a fifty in the batter’s first international, but Chakabva held on to the attack. He took advantage of a twice-caught catch to raise his fourth ODI in the middle of the century, before being caught in the back, attempting a slog sweep.
Williams, who hit nine fours and two sixes in an 87-ball shot, reached fifty in 52 balls.
In the end, Karunaratne was knocked out and finished with three wickets including two in the final, which ended with a six and four from Ngarava. “It simply came to our notice then. We were probably 20 or 30 missing, ”said skipper Craig Ervine.
The second game will be held at the same venue on Tuesday.
The three-game series provides crucial Super League points to automatically qualify for the 2023 World Cup over the age of 50. The first eight teams will enter the tournament live.
Sri Lanka, which has several players missing from Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva, among others, is now seventh, while Zimbabwe is in 13th place at the bottom.