SL keep Tri-Series final hopes alive

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Sri Lanka kept their Tri Series final hopes alive with a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the fourth ODI worked off at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh yesterday  
Sri Lanka reached their target of 199 with five wickets and 31 balls to spare after they had earlier dismissed their opponents for 198 in 44 overs.

Even then, Sri Lanka were in a spot of trouble at one stage when they lost their fifth wicket at 145 in the 35th over of the innings with Blessing Muzarabani striking three vital blows.  

However, Skipper Dinesh Chandimal and Thisara Perera revived the innings with an unfinished sixth wicket stand of 57 runs. 

;oipoChandimal remained unbeaten on 38 with two boundaries while Perera was not out on 39 with three sixes and one boundary.

Earlier, Thisara Perera bagged a four-wicket haul as Sri Lanka bundled out Zimbabwe for a modest total of 198 in 44 overs. For the African country, Brendan Taylor compiled a fine hand of 58. On a slightly two-paced surface, Zimbabwe opted to bat and made a fine start. Hamilton Masakadza (20) and Solomon Mire (21) looked tentative but were able to stitch a stand of 44 for the opening wicket. 
It was Perera, who broke the opening stand, with Masakdza pulling one to Upul Tharanga at short mid-wicket.

Tharanga was again in the action in the 12th over when Craig Ervine wafted Perera to slip, where the opener took a sharp catch. 

Perera continued to dominate the proceedings as he bowled a well-directed short ball to force Mire to glove it to the wicket-keeper. 

Sikandar Raza, one of the mainstays of the line-up, didn’t last long either as he slog-swept to square leg, where Kusal Mendis jumped in the air to pouch an athletic catch.

At 73 for four, Zimbabwe were in a spot of bother. However, Taylor and Malcolm Waller charted a timely recovery with a stand of 66 for the fifth wicket. 

Taylor largely picked Lakshan Sandakan’s googly and even cracked one through extra cover for a boundary. 

He also crunched a sublime straight drive off Suranga Lakmal.

Sandakan eventually broke the threatening stand by dismissing Waller. Taylor, though, continued to pile on the runs and in company of Graeme Cremer (34), raised hopes of posting a total of some respectability.