Zimbabwean batsman Sikandar Raza Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP

GALLE: 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.

A flowing century stand between Kusal Mendis (86) and Danushka Gunathilaka (60) formed the basis of Sri Lanka's commanding 316/5 against Zimbabwe in Galle, with Upul Tharanga also contributing an intelligent 79 not out.

However, it was not enough with Sikandar Raza’s 67 not out and Sean Williams 65 in addition to Mire’s maiden century allowing Zimbabwe to stun the home side in the first one-day international to be 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 played.


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