Sri Lanka win by 4 wickets

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by four wickets in a Group D league match of the ICC Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament at The Oval today.

Sri Lanka win by 4 wickets

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Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by four wickets in a Group D league match of the ICC Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament at The Oval today.Having sent Zimbabwe in and bowling them out for a modest 191, the Lankan chase was set back by early loss of their openers and some fine bowling by the young African team. Captain's knockBut the 1996 World Cup winners were bailed out by a steady innings of 43 by captain Marvan Atapattu and a 42-run fifth-wicket stand between him and vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene (28) to be home with 37 balls to spare. Zimbabwe, who lost their other group match to hosts England, are now out of the reckoning for the semifinal berth which will be decided between England and Sri Lanka when they clash at Rose Bowl, Southampton on Friday.The Lankans won the match in 43.5 overs with Upul Chandana and Tillakratne Dilshan remaining unbeaten on 20 and 25 respectively.The Lankan chase began on a faulty note when Avishka Gunawardene and Sanath Jayasuriya lost their wickets cheaply with only 10 runs on the board. Atapattu and Saman Jayantha then repaired the damage with the former playing the sheet anchor role and the latter taking the attack to the opposition.Chigumbura shinesEarlier, a sparkling half century by 18-year old Elton Chigumbura helped Zimbabwe make 191 against Sri Lanka in a Group D league match of the ICC Champions Trophy one-day cricket tournament at The Oval here today. Chigumbura stood tall amidst the ruins with an attacking 57 that lifted Zimbabwe from 85 for six to the eventual total and gave the much-harried African nation some chance of putting up a fight when the Lankans begin their chase. While the top order batsmen, drawn from a pool of second string cricketers following the axing of 15 rebel players earlier this year, did not seem to belong to this level of the game, Chigumbura proved his technique and staying power by facing 71 balls and cracking six fours. The Mashonoland right-hand batsman added 64 crucial runs with Prosper Utseya for the eighth wicket in just more than 50 balls as the duo launched a late counter attack. Utseya provides supportNineteen-year old Utseya struck 31 off 28 balls with five fours and was even more daring than Chigumbura as he moved across to Chaminda Vaas and chipped him over the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. But for the pair's audacious batting, the Zimbabweans would have been in far more perilous situation. Sent in to bat in gloomy and overcast conditions, Zimbabwe lost six wickets for less than 100 runs and another double digit scoreline appeared to be in the offing in this 12-nation tournament which has been marked by lop-sided contests and and poor crowd turnout so far. Zoysa, Maharoof strikeNuwan Zoysa (3-19) and Farveez Maharoof (3-39) ripped through the Zimbabwean top order even as the former became the eighth Sri Lankan to claim 100 wickets in one-day internationals when he had Tinashe Panyangara caught by skipper Marvan Atapattu. Panyangara, with eight runs from 35 balls, provided good support to Chigumbura with whom he added 35 runs for the seventh wicket before perishing to a loose drive and offering a simple catch at mid off. Talent at playChigumbura, who starred in Zimbabwe's victory over Australia in the Under-19 World Cup, then brought out his talent that had been under wraps uptil now. He lofted Maharoof for special treatment to long on before Utseya clubbed the same bowler to midwicket fence for 12 runs in that over. Then the two teenagers turned their attention to the experienced Vaas who conceded another 12 runs in the next over. The Zimbabwean 150 came in the 45th over and reaching the 200-mark looked a reality before Utseya holed out to Mahela Jaywardene at long off and Chigumbura was adjudged leg before wicket to the leg spinner. (With PTI inputs)



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