Sri Lanka 312/2 (Gunathilaka 116, Dickwella 102, Tharanga 44*) beat Zimbabwe 310/8 (Masakadza 111, Musakanda 48, Hasaranga 2-44) by 8 wickets
Sri Lanka hauled in Zimbabwe's 310 for 8, with 8 wickets in hand and 16 balls remaining, without ever really appearing to extend themselves.
Leading the pursuit today were Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka - two first-time centurions - who in a searing opening partnership that yielded 229 runs, left Sri Lanka in such an ascendant state, that the remaining 82 runs almost seemed a formality. Dickwella, forever slinking around his crease, scored well over half his runs behind the wicket, playing sweeps, cuts, dabs and scoops aplenty. Gunathilaka, meanwhile, stood tall in his crease, and played an array of regal drives and disdainful pulls. Having trailed Dickwella for much of the innings, he would finish with 116 runs off 111 balls. Dickwella made 102 off 116 deliveries.
That the hosts were chasing so many was thanks to a rollicking fifth ODI century from Hamilton Masakadza, which was followed by a rapid finish from Sikandar Raza and Peter Moor, during a Zimbabwe innings in which even Lasith Malinga found himself besieged.
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