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Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 9 wickets to secure World Cup spot

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Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe dealing a potentially fatal blow to the African side’s quest of securing a direct World Cup spot, and kept their Cricket World Cup qualification hopes on track while still remaining unbeaten.

The two teams, who have been the pacesetters at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023, entered the game and Sri Lanka set an early upset for the Chevrons, as their opener Joylord Gumbie was out for 0 runs in five deliveries, having registered the lowest opening stand in this tournament for Zimbabwe.

Having won the toss, Sri Lanka opted to bowl first, and Zimbabwe set 165 on the scoreboard as they were all out at the end of 32.2 overs.

Captain Craig Ervine hit 14 runs in 13 balls, Sean Williams made 56, and Sikandar Raza scored 31 in 51 deliveries.

Maheesh Theekshana picked-up 04 wickets towards Sri Lanka’s victory, while Dilshan Madushanka took 03, Matheesha Pathirana 02 and captain Dasun Shanaka took 01 wicket.

Sri Lanka, chasing the target of 165 for victory, made steady progress from the beginning with the strong 103 run-partnership made by opener Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne, before Karunaratne was out for 30 runs.

Sri Lanka reached the 165 target in just 33.1 overs with opener Pathum Nissanka’s century steering Sri Lanka towards the big win with a boundary off the final delivery. Nissanka was unbeaten with 101* runs while Kusal Mendis also made 25* runs.

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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