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Mendis sets one-day wickets record

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

Set to score a modest 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 one-day international and bettering the record of India's Ajit Agarkar who took 23 matches to reach the milestone.

Medium pacer Nuwan Kulasekera ripped through the Zimbabwean top-order to take three for 13 while Muttiah Muralitharan claimed two wickets.

Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews was named man-of-the-match. He toiled hard on a slow wicket to hit an unbeaten 52 off 96 balls to lift Sri Lanka to 210 for six.

Upul Tharanga hit 43 and Jehan Mubarak made 31, sharing in a stand of 69 with Mathews after Sri Lanka had stuttered to 97 for five.

Zimbabwe beat hosts Bangladesh by 38 runs in the opening match on Saturday. Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh tomorrow.

Meanwhile, former Zimbabwe batsman Andy Flower received backing to be England's next coach.

Alistair Campbell and Kevin Curran, a former captain and coach of Zimbabwe, urged the England and Wales Cricket Board not to overlook Flower because of the African country's lowly standing in the sport.

"In my opinion, no one can do the job better," Campbell said. "If he was an Australian or Englishman, exactly with the same credentials as his, there would be no question about him getting the job. Certainly, he would be the next England coach. But there is a lot of stigma surrounding Zimbabwe at the moment."


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