Sri Lanka development side romp to victory

HARARE - Zimbabwe Development cricket side succumbed to the visiting Sri Lankans by five wickets on the fourth and final day of their encounter that ended at Harare Sports Club yesterday.

The visitors needed only up until lunchtime to wrap up the match as a contest despite being packed back by strikes from Zimbabwe seaming duo of Carl Mumba and Luke Jongwe, who both picked two wickets apiece for 54 and 25 runs respectively.

Sri Lankan Development side resumed the day needing 181 runs to win on 38/1 and achieved that with five wickets remaining to lead the two-four-day match series 1-0.

The locals batted first and totalled 349 runs in their first innings buoyed by four half centuries from opener and captain Brian Chari (75), Tarisai Musakanda (61), Charles Kunje (53) and Luke Jongwe’s 50 while wicketkeeper batsman Joylord Gumbie weighed in with 47 runs.

Sri Lanka got their wickets through seamers Anuk Fernando and Shehan Madushanka as well as spinner Charith Asalanka who grabbed two wickets each.

The visitors fell short of Zimbabwe’s total by three runs as they were bundled out for 346 as Mumba made inroads claiming six scalps in the innings.

The second innings was a disaster for Zimbabwe, faced a combined 54.2 overs for a paltry 177 with Chari again top scoring with 59 and Musakanda (24) setting Sri Lanka 181 runs for victory.

Match Stats:

Zimbabwe Development – 349 and 177 all out in 54.2 overs (Brian Chari 59, Tarisai Musakanda 24; Shehan Madushanka 3/25, Sanjaya Chathuranga 3/50, Kasun Madushanka 2/33)

Sri Lanka Development – 346 and 185 for 5 in 41 overs (Anuk Fernando 61*, Sandun Weerakkody 35; Carl Mumba 2/54, Luke Jongwe 2/25)

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