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Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka skittle Zimbabwe for just 70 to pocket the decider by 184 runs

Asalanka and Nissanka starred with the bat for Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe.

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Sri Lanka. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka suffered a surprising defeat in the hands of Zimbabwe in the second ODI and were keen on bringing their A-game into play and pulled a thumping win against the visitors in the deciding game to secure a 2-1 series victory. Zimbabwe will be happier with their performance in the first two One-day-internationals and will go back with so much confidence to build upon in their upcoming fixtures for the year.

Earlier in the day, the Sri Lankan opener Pathum Nissanka continued his good form with the bat with a well made 55. However, three quick wickets fell together and left the hosts in a spot of bother. Charith Asalanka stepped up again scoring a brilliant half-century while the lower order did support well with the 20s and 30s. Sri Lanka ended up getting a decent total of 254 on the board in their 50 overs and a lot of hopes depended on their bowling attack.

Zimbabwe bundled out for 70

The visitors had the opportunity to stun Sri Lanka by chasing down the score but their hopes had an anti-climax as the Sri Lankan bowlers were on the money straight away. Opener Regis Chakabva and skipper Craig Ervine were removed in quick succession to leave the Zimbabwe side at 3 for 2 with just 5 balls bowled in the innings. The batting looked in disarray completely as the new batters could not stitch a partnership together.

Takudzwanashe Kaitano and Ryan Burl were the only two to get to double figures while wickets kept falling from both ends constantly. All the Sri Lankan bowlers chipped in with wickets to their column while the leg spinner Jeffrey Vandersay looked the most threatening. The 31-year-old ended up accounting for four of Zimbabwe’s dismissals and finished with figures of 4 for 10 in 7.2 overs with two maidens in his spell.

In the end, the visitors could manage just 70 and it took just 24.4 overs to wrap up the game and the series. Asalanka won the man of the match for his fifty in tough circumstances while Nissanka won the man of the series award for his consistency throughout the series.

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