Sri Lanka lose Munaweera after steady start against Zimbabwe
Sri Lankan opener Dilshan Munaweera got run out after sharing 54-run stand for the first wicket with Tillakaratne Dilshan in World T20 inaugural clash against Zimbabwe.
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Muna tried to sweep a full and straight delivery, and just about manages to get bat on it. He took off despite hitting it straight to short fine leg. Dilshan sent Muna back, and he lost his bat while turning back. And not having the bat in his hand has cost him a bit of reach and also his wicket.
Munaweera scored 17 off 19 deliveries.
Sri Lanka got off to a steady start after they were invited to bat by Zimbabwe in the inaugural encounter of the World Twenty20 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Spinner Ajnatha Mendis has come back for hosts who have also handed debut to off-spinner Dilshan Munwaweera.
Mahela Jayawardene's men will take the field in Hambantota, the southeastern home town of President Mahinda Rajapakse, with hopes high they can end a 16-year wait for their second global title in front of their cricket-obsessed fans.
Sri Lanka start the tournament as one of the favourites, although predictions are notoriously difficult in cricket's shortest format, which has revolutionised the sport and divided opinion since its introduction in 2003.
Home advantage will help the hosts, who have a well-balanced side including the newly crowned cricketer of the year, wicketkeeper-batsman Kumar Sangakkara.
Sri Lanka: Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Nuwan Kulasekara, Aajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga
Zimbabwe: Hamilton Masakadza, V Sibanda, Brendon Taylor, CR Ervine, MN Waller, E Chigumbura, AG Cremer, P Utseya, KM Jarvis, BV Vitori, CB Mpofu