Harare: Sri Lanka coasted through an easy nine wickets win in the second One Day International against Zimbabwe with 194 balls to spare to lead the series 2-0 here yesterday.
Sri Lanka who had a target of 68 runs to win in 50 overs scored the necessary runs in 17.4 overs with Upul Tharanga (26 not out) and Kumar Sangakkara (28 not out) scoring the runs.
Earlier Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat and were shot out for 67 with Farveez Maharoof (3 for 26) and Ajantha Mendis (4 for 15) doing the damage.
|Sri Lanka Batsman Kumar Sangakkara in action during second one day match against Zimbabwe in Harare. AFP PHOTO / Desmond Kwande
The Zimbabweans were all at sea against the tantalizing spin of new spinner Ajantha Mendis. Only former captain Tatendra Taibu managed to score 12 runs, which was the highest in the Zimbabwe innings. Others to reach double figures were S. Matsekenyeri (10) and S.C. Williams (10).
Sri Lanka started the run chase shakily losing Mahela Udawatte when the score read 19. Udawatte was caught by Maskadza off Mupariwa’s bowling for 7.
Upul Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara then came together and guided the team to this crushing win.
Sri Lanka won the first ODI against Zimbabwe on Thursday at the same venue by six wickets and have now taken a 2-0 lead in the five match series.
In the first ODI it was the bowling of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis that did the damage for the Sri Lankans. Muralitharan captured 4 for 14 and Ajantha Mendis 3 for 26.
Zimbabwe were all out for127 runs in that game and Sri Lanka overtook the score for the loss of four wickets with Mahela Udawatte (38), Kumar Sangakkara (47 n.o), D. Jayawardena (14) and Chamara Kapugedera (16) scoring the runs.
The remaining matches are scheduled for November 24, 28 and 30.