Record breaker Mendis, gets Sri Lanka off to the perfect start

Updated: September 18, 2012

Spinner Ajantha Mendis took a record six wickets for just eight runs as hosts Sri Lanka humbled Zimbabwe in the opening match of the World Twenty20 in Hambatota.

Mendis, 27, marked his international return after an eight-month injury layoff with the devastating haul to wreck Zimbabwe for 100 in 17.3 overs.

Sri Lanka 182 for 4 (Sangakkara 44, Mendis 43*) beat Zimbabwe 100 (Masakadza 20, Ajantha 6-8, Jeevan 3-24) by 82 runs