Sri Lanka, after electing to field, conceded 310 after Zimbabwe rode on Hamilton Masakadza’s 111-run knock gave the visitors a solid platform. The right-hander had solid stands with Musakanda and Williams and the two contributed with useful 40s in the process. Sri Lanka bowlers were found wanting as none of them made an impression. In reply, it was more of an open and shut case as hosts’ openers put on a 229-run stand and made easy work of the stiff chase. Gunathilaka scored 116 while Dickwella smashed 102 – his maiden ODI hundred. The result gives Sri Lanka 2-1 lead in the five-ODI series.
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe as it happened: Sri Lanka ride on a solid opening stand to chase down Zimbabwe’s 310 in the third ODI. After twin tons from both the openers, Tharanga and Mendis finished the chase in clinical fashion. Earlier, Zimbabwe put on 310/8 in 50 overs.
Sri Lanka XI: N Dickwella (wk), MD Gunathilaka, BKG Mendis, WU Tharanga, AD Mathews (c), DAS Gunaratne, PWH de Silva, PVD Chameera, PADLR Sandakan, SL Malinga, N Pradeep
Zimbabwe XI: H Masakadza, SF Mire, CR Ervine, SC Williams, Sikandar Raza, PJ Moor (wk), TK Musakanda, MN Waller, AG Cremer (c), TL Chatara, CT Mumba