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SL vs ZIM: Seven wonders from returning Wanindu Hasaranga guide Sri Lanka to ODI series win

The Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga returned to international cricket after six months and made an impact with seven wickets in the third ODI game against Zimbabwe at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday.

Written By: Sumeet Kavthale @sumeetkavthale New Delhi Updated on: January 11, 2024 23:22 IST
Wanindu Hasaranga
Image Source : AP Wanindu Hasaranga celebrates against Zimbabwe in the 3rd ODI on January 11, 2024

Sri Lanka recorded a dominating eight-wicket win in the third ODI game against Zimbabwe to seal the three-match series at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday. Rain was a constant spectator in Colombo which reduced the game to a 27-over affair but it was a seven-wicket haul from Wanindu Hasaranga that stole the limelight. 

Hasaranga returned to international cricket after a gap of six months and took seven wickets for 19 to help Sri Lanka bowl out Zimbabwe on just 96 runs. Then captain Kusal Mendis smashed 66* off 51 to register an easy win to secure the series by 2-0.

Hasaranga replaced Vandersay while debutant Shevon Daniel replaced veteran Dasun Shanaka in the playing XI for Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe made three changes with Jongwe, Masakadza and Kaitano coming in. 

Zimbabwe openers added 43 runs for the first wicket Hasaranga's magical spell proved too much for the travelling side. Hasaranga bagged three wickets in his first spell before the rain interruption and then added four more to bowl out Zimbabwe on just 96 runs in 22.5 overs.

Wicketkeeper better Joylord Gumbie top-scored with 29 runs but senior figures Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza failed to contribute. Hasaranga finishes with 7/19 figures, the best by a Sri Lanka spinner in ODI cricket history, to continue his red-hot form.

Chasing an easy total, Sri Lanka lost opener Avishka Fernando on a duck in the first over but captain Kusal Mendis smashed a quick 66* to help Sri Lanka chase the target in just 16.4 overs. Debutant Shevon scored 12 off 28 before losing to wicket to returning Wellington Masakadza. 

Sri Lanka Playing XI: Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis (c & wk), Shevon Daniel, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Janith Liyanage, Charith Asalanka, Sahan Arachchige, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka

Zimbabwe Playing XI: Joylord Gumbie (wk), Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Craig Ervine (c), Milton Shumba, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Clive Madande, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani

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