Dhaka (January 21, 2018): Thisara Perera’s brilliant performance with bat and ball as Sri Lanka beasts Zimbabwe by five wickets in the tri-nation ODI tournament in Dhaka on Sunday.
Perera took 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.
Thisara hitted six to win the match and to keep Sri Lanka´s tournament hopes alive after they lost against Zimbabwe and hosts Bangladesh.Pacer of Zimbabwe Blessing Muzarabani claimed three wickets, 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.
Srilankan star all-rounder Perera took the most vital wicket of Brendan Taylor, who top-scored with 58 before his side were bowled out in 44 overs.
The 28-year old Perera, who bowls medium-pace, was ably supported by fellow paceman Nuwan Pradeep (3-28).Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan took two wickets before Pradeep wiped off the Zimbabwe tail including the prized wicket of skipper Graeme Cremer for 34.
The win kept Sri Lanka in the hunt for a spot in the final as they still have a game in hand against Bangladesh.
Zimbabwe also have the chance to qualify for the final if they can beat the hosts in their next match on Tuesday.