Harare: Sri Lanka could not make the most of a flying start and folded for 236 inside 48 overs against hosts Zimbabwe in an inconsequential one-dayer of the cricket tri-series here on Monday.
Put into bat, Sri Lanka got off to a brilliant start with captain Tillakaratne Dilshan (78 off 66 balls) and Upul Tharanga (69 off 97 balls) adding 120 runs for the opening stand at a run-a-ball rate.
The Zimbabwean bowlers, however, made a spirited comeback after the initial thrashing and ran through the middle and lower order to bowl out the Lankans in 47.5 overs.
For the hosts, Chris Mpofu, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer scalped two wickets apiece.
Apart from the openers, only three other Lankan batsman reached double digit scores.
Dilshan wasted no time in asserting himself and thrived in Tharanga`s company as the duo took the Zimbabwean attack by the scruff of its neck.
Zimbabwe looked in for a leather-hunt as the Lankan openers took the score past the 100-mark without showing any signs of a let-up.
Finally, Utseya not only broke the stand but also triggered a mid-innings collapse when he removed Dilshan and last match`s centurion Dinesh Chandimal in quick successions to bring some relief to the Zimbabwean camp.
Sri Lanka suddenly started losing wickets at regular intervals, courtesy some tidy work by the Zimbabwean bowlers as they brought down the Lankan innings with 2.1 overs to spare.
Zimbabwe: Elton Chigumbura (capt), Hamilton Masakadza, Brendan Taylor, Charles Coventry, Tatenda Taibu, Craig Ervine, Chamu Chibhabha, Graeme Cremer, Prosper Utseya, Chris Mpofu, Ray Price.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan (capt), Upul Tharanga, Dinesh Chandimal, Chamara Kapugedera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thilan Samaraweera, Jeevan Mendis, Thissara Perera, Suraj Randiv, Thilan Thushara, Dilhara Fernando.