Monday, January 12, 2009

Sri Lanka won by 130 while two players setting up individual records.

Sri Lanka beat the Zimbabwe by 130 runs. Sri Lanka got into a good start with some untidy balling of Zimbabwe fast ballers and good partnership of Upul Tharanga and Sanath Jayasuriya. But Sanath got out while chansing a wide delivery. And Zimbabwe fast ballers had a crack at Sri Lankan top order dismissing Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena and Chamara Kapugedara cheaply.

Thanks to the watchful batting of Upul Tharanga, Mubarak and Mathews and aggressiveness of Thilina Thushara, Sri Lanka posted 210 on a baller friendly track. Mathews made his 1st ODI half century, 52 not out with 1x4 and 2x6.

Thanks to Nuwan Kulasekara's early strikes and brilence of Ajantha Mendis and Murali, Zimbabwe were restricted to 80 runs. (4th time that the Zimbabweans got out less than 100 against Sri Lanka) Mendis and Kulasekara took three wickets each, Murali took a couple and Thilina Thushara and Angelo Mathews took one each. 21 year old Angelo Mathews won the "Man of the Match" award.
Stuart Matsikenyeri is cleaned up by Ajantha Mendis, Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe, Tri-series, 2nd match, Mirpur, January 12, 2009
(Image Source: Cricinfo, (C) AFP)

Ajantha Mendis - Fastest to get 50 ODI wickets
When Ajantha Mendis took Ray Price's wicket he became the fastest to get 50 ODI wickets braking 10 year old record, set by Indian fast baller Ajith Agarkar. He took 23 matches to do it while Mendis did it in 19 matches.

Mahela Jayawardene - Most Number of ODI Catches
Mahela Jayawardene silently equalize another record. Most number of ODI catches by a non-wicket keeper. Another Indian Mohommad Azharuddin have taken 156 catches in 334 ODIs. Now Mahela have taken 156 catches in 289 ODIs.

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