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Mendis enters history books

SPINNER Ajantha Mendis became the fastest to reach 50 wickets in one-day internationals...

Written by Reuters | Dhaka | Published: January 13, 2009 1:56:36 am

SPINNER Ajantha Mendis became the fastest to reach 50 wickets in one-day internationals as Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by 130 runs in their first match of the tri-series in Dhaka on Monday.

Set to score 211 for victory,Zimbabwe were all out for 80 in 28.2 overs with just Stuart Matsikenyeri reaching double figures.

Mendis took three for 15,completing his 50-wicket haul in his 19th ODI,bettering the record held by Ajit Agarkar,who had taken 23 matches to reach the milestone.

Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 52 off 96 balls.

Sri Lanka play Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 210 (A Mathews not out 52,U Tharanga 43; Rainsford 3/41) vs Zimbabwe 80 (S Matsikenyeri 15; Kulasekara 3/13,Mendis 3/15,Muralitharan 2/4)

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