GALLE, June 30 (SABAH): Solomon Mire smashed 112 off 96 balls as Zimbabwe scored a historic six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their opening one-day international in Galle on Friday.
Zimbabwe hit 322-4 as they passed Sri Lanka´s 316 with more than two overs to spare. It was the first time a visiting team has scored more than a 300 run target to get a victory in Sri Lanka.
Sikandar Raza hit 67 and Sean Williams 65 as Zimbabwe stunned the home side in the first one-day international held in Galle for 17 years.
It was the first match of a Zimbabwe tour that will see five one-day internationals and a Test to be played.
Earlier, Kusal Mendis blasted 86 off 80 balls as Sri Lanka plundered 316-5 off Zimbabwe´s lacklustre bowling attack.
Upul Tharanga hit 79 and Danushka Gunathilaka made 60 as Sri Lanka forged ahead after Captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and chose to bat in the first one day international.
Mendis and Tharanga each hit eight fours and a six in their quick fire innings that brought the crowd to its feet.
Sri Lanka packed their side with slow bowlers for the game, with off-spinner Akila Dananjaya playing his first international since 2013. Zimbabwe made one change to the side that beat Scotland in their last one-day game, bringing in Donald Tiripano for fellow right-arm seamer Chris Mpofu.