Sri Lanka overwhelm Zimbabwe in series final

Chandi Dharmaratne

HARARE, June 9, 2010 (AFP) – A dominant Sri Lanka came to within a freak run-out of whitewashing Zimbabwe in the final of the Tri-nations tournament at Harare Sports Club here on Wednesday. The Sri Lankans scored a leisurely 203-1 in 34.4 overs to win with ease in reply to Zimbabwe’s effort of 199 all out in 49 overs.

The run-out stood between Sri Lanka bowling out the entire Zimbabwe team and then overtaking their target score without the loss of a single wicket.

Although Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor was named man of the series afterwards it was Tillikeratne Dilshan who stole the day.

He was named man of the match after amassing 108 not out, both for his score and for his captaincy, with his 100 coming up in 97 balls and including 13 boundaries.

It was Dilshan’s seventh one-day international century and his first against Zimbabwe.

“I was really elated, both for the 100 and for our series victory to take home after a hard time abroad,” he said.

“We brought several youngsters with us for experience and they certainly benefitted. It was all well worthwhile.”

The run-out came with the score on 160 — Sri Lanka’s highest opening partnership against Zimbabwe in i