De Silva hat-trick limits Zimbabwe to 155 in 2nd ODI

BY AP • July 2, 2017

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) Leg spin bowler Hasaranga de Silva became just the third bowler to take a hat-trick on his one-day international debut, as Sri Lanka bowled Zimbabwe out for a mediocre 155 in the second match of the series Sunday.

De Silva polished off the Zimbabwe tail in the 34th over by first bowling out Malcolm Waller (38) off the inside edge. He trapped Donald Tiripano in the next delivery and then bowled Tendai Chatara. His bowling backed up the effort by left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan who ran through the Zimbabwe batting line up taking four wickets for 52, his career best bowling figures in one-day international cricket.

Only South African pacer Kasigo Rabada and Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam have taken hat-tricks on their one-day debuts previously.

Earlier, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and chose to field with his team under pressure having lost the first game by six wickets, their first ODI defeat against Zimbabwe at home.

Solomon Mire, who scored a century in Zimbabwe's historic victory, was out for no score this time after being caught behind by Niroshan Dickwella from seamer Nuwan Pradeep.

Hamilton Masakadza the top scorer of the Zimbabwe innings was caught and bowled by Asela Gunaratne for 41 off 56 deliveries.

Waller, Craig Ervin (22) and Sean Williams (13) got starts but could not build on them.

Sandakan took the wickets of Ervin, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl and Peter Moor.

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