Sri Lanka secured a dramatic one-run victory over West Indies to reach the final of the tri-nation one-day international series game played at Bulawayo today (23rd).
The contest went down to the last ball of the final over, Windies captain Jason Holder unable to score more than a single off Nuwan Pradeep (1-65) to finish on 329-9, agonizingly short of their target.
They must now overcome hosts Zimbabwe on Friday to set up a re-match against Sri Lanka in the tournament’s decider two days later.
Put in to bat after losing the toss, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis fell just short of centuries as Sri Lanka posted 330-7 from their 50 overs at Queens Sports Club.
Dickwella and Mendis both made 94, the former missing out on his first ODI ton when he was trapped lbw by Holder (3-57).
Mendis, having entertained with five sixes and seven boundaries in his pacey 73-ball knock, departed five overs later, edging a quicker Ashley Nurse (1-58) delivery to wicket keeper Shai Hope.
Earlier, despite the loss of fellow opener Kusal Perera for seven, Dhananjaya de Silva (58) had got Sri Lanka off to a good start, only to fall caught and bowled to Kraigg Brathwaite (1-56), Upul Tharanga (26) and Sachith Pathirana (24) making valuable late contributions.
Scored: Sri Lanka 330 for 7 (Dickwella 94, Kusal Mendis 94, Dhananjaya de Silva 58, Holder 3-57) beat West Indies 329 for 9 (Lewis 148, Holder 45*, Lakmal 2-67, Kulasekara 2-73) by one run