TORONTO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's latest spin sensation Ajantha Mendis took three wickets and was named man of the match as his side clinched a five-wicket win over Zimbabwe in the first game of the Canada T20 event here on Friday. Mendis, recently named the ICC's Emerging Player of the Year, finished with 3-15 from three overs after ripping the heart out of the Zimbabwe middle order including dismissing Prosper Utseya with his 'carrom ball', which turns away from the right-handers. Tatenda Taibu, the former captain, finished on 45 to push Zimbabwe to 106-8 off 17 overs in match shortened by the damp outfield at the King's City venue. In reply, Sri Lanka openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Udawatte put on 36 in four overs, before Udawatte was caught behind. Left-arm spinner Ray Price bowled an economical spell which yielded two wickets including debutant Jeevantha Kulatunga and Dilshan. Thilina Kandamby and skipper Mahela Jayawardene were both run out as Zimbabwe reduced the Asian side to 77-5 before Chamara Kapugedera and Farveez Maharoof saw their side home. Pakistan were due to face Canada in the second match of the four-nation tournament later Friday. SCOREBOARD ZIMBABWE (17 overs maximum) S Matsikenyeri c Fernando b Maharoof     1 H Masakadza c Mendis b Maharoof     22 C Chibhabha c Kapugedera b Thushara     13 T Taibu not out     45 K Dabengwa b Thushara     4 E Chigumbura c Dilshan b Mendis     5 T Maruma run out (Jayawardene)     3 P Utseya st Dilshan b Mendis     4 R Price c Jayawardene b Mendis     1 T Mupariwa not out     2 EXTRAS: (lb3, w2, nb1)     6 TOTAL: (8 wickets; 17 overs)     106 Did not bat: C Mpofu Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Matsikenyeri), 2-27 (Masakadza), 3-43 (Chibhabha), 4-57 (Dabengwa), 5-77 (Chigumbura), 6-80 (Maruma), 7-95 (Utseya), 8-97 (Price) BOWLING: Fernando     3-0-27-0 (2w) Maharoof     4-0-18-2 Thushara     3-0-19-2 Dilhara     4-0-24-0 (1nb) Mendis     3-0-15-3 SRI LANKA: M Udawatte c Taibu b Chigumbura     25 T Dilshan b Price     33 H Kulatunga b Price     8 S Kandamby run out (Maruma)     1 D Jayawardene run out (Price)     0 C Kapugedera not out     18 M Maharoof not out     13 EXTRAS: (lb4, w5)     9 TOTAL: (5 wickets; 16 overs)     107 Did not bat: Fernando, Thushara, Mendis, Dilhara Fall of wickets: 1-36 (Udawatte), 2-64 (Kulatunga), 3-71 (Kandamby), 4-71 (Jayawardene), 5-77 (Dilshan) BOWLING: Mpofu     2-0-26-0 (1w) Mupariwa     4-0-18-0 (3w) Chigumbura     1-0-10-1 (1w) Price     4-0-9-2 Utseya     3-0-19-0 Dabengwa     2-0-21-0 Umpires: K Bayney and M Benson (ENG) Match referee: J Crowe (NZL) Result: Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets.