Sri Lanka defeat Zimbabwe by 139 runs
Pallekele: Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by 139 runs in their group A cricket World Cup match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here today.
Invited to bat, Sri Lanka scored 327 for six against Zimbabwe in their group A cricket World Cup match at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here today.
Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura won the toss and chose to field against Sri Lanka in the World Cup Group A match at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
Fast bowlers Nuwan Kulasekera and Thisara Perera replaced spinners Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis from the team which played in a rain abandoned game against Australia.
Zimbabwe dropped out-of-form opener Charles Coventry from the side which lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets. Fast bowler Chris Mpofu recovered from a side strain as Zimbabwe strengthened its bowling lineup.
Sri Lanka has not lost any of its previous four World Cup matches against Zimbabwe.
It defeated Zimbabwe by 74 runs when both teams last met in a World Cup match at East London, South Africa in 2003.
Sri Lanka- Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (captain), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Thisara Perera, Muttiah Muralitharan.
Zimbabwe- Brendan Taylor, Regis Chakabva, Tatenda Taibu, Prosper Utseya, Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura (captain), Greg Lamb, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Tinashe Panyangra, Chris Mpofu.
Umpires- Marais Erasmus, South Africa and Nigel Llong, England.
TV umpire- Tony Hill, New Zealand. Match referee- Chris Broad.
Sri Lanka: 327 for 6 in 50 overs. (Tillakaratne Dilshan 144, Upul Tharanga 133; C Mpofu 4/62)
Zimbabwe: 188 all out in 39 overs. (B Tylor 80, R Chakabva 35; T Dilshan 4/4).