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Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe Live Score (ODI)

Date: Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 21:09 IST Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Match Status: Match Ended

Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by 12 runs

290/6
Overs
50.0
R/R
5.8
Fours
29
Sixes
4
Extras
14
278/10
Overs
48.1
R/R
5.78
Fours
19
Sixes
8
Extras
18
  • It's a good pitch for batting and Sri Lanka also have the firepower in their line-up. They will be backing themselves to overhaul the target but cannot afford to take the Zimbabwean bowlers lightly. Should be an intriguing chase. Do join us in a short while.
  • Sri Lanka did manage to pick a few wickets but Zimbabwe kept on building useful partnerships. There were four 50-plus stands in total and the ones involving Sikandar Raza provided the real impetus to the innings. The Lankans were disappointing with the new ball, pulled things back a little bit in the middle overs but once again fell flat at the death.
  • A grand finish by Zimbabwe - 48 runs in the last 4 overs. All thanks to Sikandar Raza, who continued his rich vein of form and played yet another scintillating knock. Put into bat, the Zimbabwean openers laid a strong platform and the middle order capitalized on it. Hamilton Masakadza was brilliant in his approach and played a crucial knock up front.
  • 49.6 Very full outside off, Raza drives it hard but finds the man at extra cover. So a single to finish the final over. ZIMBABWE FINISH ON 290/6!
  • 49.5 Fuller in line of the stumps, lofted over mid on. The ball doesn't have enough meat to cross the fence. They take a brace.
  • Graeme Cremer is the new man in.
  • 49.4 OUT! Slower one around off, Moor clears his front leg to go big but ends up slicing it towards extra cover where Dananjaya backtracks, fumbles but does well to hold onto that one.
  • 49.3 SIX! That's gone the distance! Asela keeps it full and wide outside off, Moor gets down on one knee and hits it straight down the ground. Has enough connection behind it to bag a biggie to his name.
  • 49.2 Leg bye! Fuller on leg, Raza looks to slog sweep but misses as the ball goes off the pads towards the leg side.
  • 49.1 Shortish delivery outside off, Moor drags it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 48.6 A dot to end the over! Good length delivery, in the channel outside off, SR slashes at it but gets beaten. 11 off the over! 279/5
  • 48.5 FOUR! That's a poor delivery! Raza won't mind it at all. He is on the charge! A waist high full toss outside off, Raza throws his bat at it. Slices it over backward point and picks up another boundary. 50-run stand comes up between these two as well.
  • 48.4 FOUR! Drilled away! A half volley outside off, Sikandar Raza bends his back knee and drills off the carpet through extra cover for a boundary. He's piercing the gap to perfection here.
  • 48.3 Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.
  • 48.2 Yorker at the base of off stump, Raza jams it out towards covers for a single.
  • 48.1 Keeps it full on middle and leg, Peter drags it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 47.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 12 off the over, 26 from the last two. 268/5
  • 47.5 Sloppy from Mathews! Fuller in length and outside off, Raza drills it towards extra cover where Mathews misfields and lets it through his legs. Gives it a chase but they run a couple till then.
  • 47.4 Worked away through mid-wicket for a brace. Good running!
  • 47.3 Another run out chance missed! Raza is living a charmed life! Moor digs the yorker out towards Perera. Sikandar from the other end sets off. Perera collects the ball with a leap but misses the shy at his end. The ball rolls towards mid off and they run one on the overthrow.
  • 47.3 Wide! Short and slower one again, Moor ducks and lets it be.
  • 47.2 Fuller and angling in, Moor looks to drive but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 47.1 SIX! Picks the slower one and dumps it! Perera bowls a back of the hand slower delivery, Moor waits for it and then hoicks it down the ground over long on for a maximum.
  • Thisara Perera is back into the attack.
  • 46.6 The batsman gets a top edge on that one. One run added to the total. 256/5
  • 46.5 Fuller on off, driven square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 46.4 FOUR! That's a blazing shot! Third of the over already! Back of a length and outside off, Raza shimmies down the track and belts it through extra cover for the third boundary in the over. Runs are coming thick and fast.
  • 46.3 FOUR! Now this is some response from Raza! He was hit on the arm on the previous ball and now have a look at this! Shortish and angling in on the hips, Sikandar shuffles a touch and helps it through backward square leg for another boundary. 250 up for Zimbabwe!
  • 46.2 Good ball! That must have stung! Short delivery and it climbs off the deck. Raza hops to fend it away but it hits him on the right arm and dies down.
  • 46.1 FOUR! Easily done! Lakmal sprays one on the pads, Raza moves inside the line and clips it fine down the leg side for a boundary to begin the over.
  • Suranga Lakmal is back.
  • 45.6 Chance of a run out! In fact, Sikandar Raza wasn't even in the frame. Big moment in the game, this! Flatter delivery around middle and leg, Sikandar goes back to turn it away on the leg side but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls towards the off side. Moor calls him through for a single and Raza responds. Chandimal gets across to his right and hurls a throw at the bowler's end where Dananjaya fails to collect it. Had he collected and removed the bails, Raza would have been a goner. 242/5
  • 45.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 45.4 Flighted delivery around off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 45.3 Drops it short and down the leg side, Raza pulls it towards the man at deep backward square leg for one.
  • 45.2 Leg bye! Fuller and around the pads, Moor fails to flick as the ball rolls off his pads towards the leg side.
  • 45.1 Back-to-back fifties for Sikandar Raza! He continues to impress. But today he needs to stay till the end to help his team post a good total on the board. Akila drops it short on middle and leg, it's pulled behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • Akila Dananjaya comes back.
  • 44.6 Fuller on off, driven-pushed towards mid off. 237/5
  • 44.5 Bowls a leg cutter, gets deceived by it completely. Moor hangs his bat out to poke only to get beaten.
  • 44.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 44.3 Length ball on middle, punched back to Perera.
  • 44.2 Good length outside off, dabbed towards third man for one.
  • 44.1 FOUR! Beautifully done! Perera fires in a wide yorker outside of, Raza crouches really low, opens the bat face and steers it behind point for a boundary to welcome Thisara back into the attack.
  • 43.6 Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single. 232/5
  • 43.5 Leg bye! Drifting in on the pads, Moor tries to clip it away but misses. The ball brushes the pads and rolls towards square leg. They cross for a leg bye.
  • 43.4 Slower one, turning in a touch, Raza crouches low and cuts it towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 43.4 Wide! The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. The umpire has signalled a wide.
  • 43.3 Tossed up around off, eased down to long off for one.
  • 43.2 Almost another! Raza just chips this full ball back to Gunaratne who leaps with his right hand up but luckily, for Raza, it evades him. A single taken.
  • Peter Moor is the new man in.
  • 43.1 OUT! What a catch from Upul Tharanga! Sri Lanka have broken the 57-run stand! Asela Gunaratne serves a loopy full toss outside of, Waller gets down and plays the sweep aerially towards deep square leg. Tharanga in the deep moves to his left, keeps his eyes on the ball and then dives full length to take a lovely catch. Such kind of catches always lift your team.
  • 42.6 Fires in a yorker on middle and leg, Waller makes room and pushes it towards sweeper cover for a single. 226/4
  • 42.5 Slower delivery on the pads, wristed behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 42.5 Wide! Short and outside off and it bounces way over the batsman's head. Raza just lets it sail over the Chandimal. The umpire calls it a wide but the Lankan keeper isn't amused.
  • 42.4 Short of a length delivery on middle, pulled towards deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 42.3 Shortish and angling down leg, Waller gets across the stumps to play the pull but fails to put bat on ball.
  • 42.2 Angling in on the pads, worked away through backward square leg for a single.
  • 42.1 Short and outside off, Raza carves it over backward point and gets a couple for doing so.
  • 41.6 Slants it in on middle and leg, tucked with the angle towards the man at 45. 219/4
  • 41.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 41.4 Tossed up on off, driven towards cover.
  • 41.3 NOT OUT! Missing leg! Quicker one and it skids off the pitch, Waller shuffles across to clip it away but misses to get hit on the pads. Asela appeals but the umpire pays no heed. He has a word with his skipper and then they take the review. Front foot is fine. But Ball Tracker shows it is pitching in line but would have missed the leg stump. Sri Lanka lose a review!
  • Sri Lanka have taken an LBW review against Waller. Seems like it is heading down leg.
  • 41.2 Floats it up around middle and leg, tucked besides the pitch and Waller calls him through for a brisk single. Brings up the 50-run stand between the two.
  • 41.1 Fuller in length and angling in, driven hard but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 40.6 Strays a bit on the pads, deflected towards fine leg for another single. 218/4
  • 40.5 In the air... safe! Shortish delivery, seems to have stopped a touch. Waller clears his front leg and goes for the pull but gets a top edge which lands safely near the backward square leg region. A single picked up.
  • 40.4 Slower delivery, on the back of a length, Malcolm pushes it towards point.
  • 40.3 Shortish and angling in on the batsman, Waller ducks under it.
  • 40.2 Touch short and served outside off, slapped through cover-point for a single.
  • 40.1 Length delivery on middle and leg, worked in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • PowerPplay 3 signalled. Maximum of 5 fielders are now allowed outside the circle. Also, Dushmantha Chameera comes into the attack.
  • 39.6 The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single. 214/4
  • 39.5 Gunaratne fires it quick on the stumps, Raza drives it to long on for another single.
  • 39.4 Waller drives it down the ground and gives his partner the strike.
  • 39.3 Floats it up on the middle stump, Raza drives it to long on for a single.
  • 39.2 Tossed up delivery drifting down the leg, Waller clips it to square leg and the batsmen change ends.
  • 39.1 Gunaratne darts it on the legs, Raza plays it to long on for a single.
  • 38.6 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 208/4
  • 38.6 Lakmal bangs it short as it goes way above the batsman. The umpire calls it a wide.
  • 38.5 FOUR! Back of a length delivery outside off, Waller pulls it away to the left of the mid on fielder to earn himself a boundary. Waller is looking to cut loose.
  • 38.4 Lakmal bangs it short, Waller does well to duck that one away.
  • 38.3 Lakmal bowls an off cutter on back of the length, Waller pulls it over the mid on fielder as they pick up a brace. His heart would have been in his mouth as the ball was in air for some time.
  • 38.2 Raza pulls it to square leg for a single.
  • 38.1 Lakmal bowls a short delivery outside off, Raza pulls it to mid on.
  • 37.6 Gunaratne darts it full on the stumps, Waller manages to get that one away. 200/4
  • 37.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot but not in the gap, finds square leg.
  • 37.4 Raza cuts it to the right of the point fielder and the batsmen rotate strike. 200 up for Zimbabwe.
  • 37.3 Waller sweeps a full delivery to fine leg and gives his partner the strike.
  • 37.2 Gunaratne drags it short on the stumps, Raza works it to square leg for a single.
  • 37.1 Raza gets a inside edge and it hits his pads.
  • Asela Gunaratne comes back into the attack.
  • 36.6 FOUR! Waller pulls the short delivery towards the left of the fine leg fielder. Chameera dives forward but the effort was not enough to save a boundary. 197/4
  • 36.5 Lakmal hits the deck hard on the shorter side, Waller goes for the hook but misses it.
  • 36.4 Raza played a pull shot towards square leg for a single to a delivery banged in short by Lakmal. Raza was going to fall on the stumps but somehow managed to keep the balance.
  • 36.3 Lakmal drops short outside off, Raza punches it to covers for a brace. Good running by the batsmen.
  • 36.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 36.1 Waller punches it off the back foot towards the cover area for a single.
  • Suranga Lakmal comes back into the attack.
  • 35.6 FOUR! Good response by Raza. Full delivery outside off, Raza came dancing down the track and hit it past the covers for a boundary. That shot looked pleasing to the eyes and he had his dancing shoes on. 189/4
  • 35.5 Floated delivery outside off, Raza defends it from within crease. Dananjaya managed to get some spin behind that one and it kept low as well.
  • 35.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 35.3 Waller plays it to square leg and gives his partner the strike.
  • 35.2 Dananjaya drags it short on the leg side, Raza flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a single
  • 35.1 Tossed up delivery on the legs, Raza hits it back to the bowler.
  • 34.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 183/4
  • 34.5 In the air but safe. Chameera bowls it full on the legs, Waller chips it over the mid-wicket area for a brace.
  • 34.4 Waller ducks to see off the bouncer by Chameera.
  • 34.3 Waller works a full delivery towards mid-wicket.
  • 34.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 34.1 Chameera lands it on a good length spot outside off, Waller gets beaten as he tries to put some bat to it.
  • Dushmantha Chameera comes back into the attack.
  • 33.6 Waller sweeps the ball to the square leg region a single. 181/4
  • 33.5 SIX! A good way to open the account. Dananjaya tossed it up outside off, Waller lofts it over the cover region for a maximum. He got some power behind that shot. A confident looking shot by him to get off the mark.
  • 33.4 Waller tries to flick but it hits him high on the thigh pad.
  • 33.3 Raza drives a looped up delivery to long on for a single.
  • 33.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 33.1 FOUR! Not the kind of shot Zimbabwe would have wanted to see immediately after the fall of wicket. Raza reverse sweeps a tossed up delivery outside off to get it past the point region for a boundary. Raza needs to carry on till the end of the innings.
  • Malcolm Waller is in next. Meanwhile, Akila Dananjaya is back into the attack.
  • 32.6 OUT! Huge blow for Zimbabwe. Just as they were trying to build on after Masakadza's loss they lose another set batsman. A beautifully bowled off-cutter on a good length spot outside off stump, Taylor tries to push that away to off side. But it curls back in and sneaks through the gap created between the bat and the pads. It brushes his back pad before hitting the timber. Their best bowler today has given them yet another breakthrough, a big one too. 169/4
  • 32.5 Raza plays it to square leg for a single.
  • 32.4 SIX! First one of the match. He gets some timing behind that one. Perera bowls a slower delivery full outside off, Raza lofts it over long off for a maximum. A picture perfect shot. The photographers are ready for the click.
  • 32.3 Back of a length delivery on the stumps, Raza plays it to square leg.
  • 32.2 Taylor pushes a length delivery outside off to the cover region for a single.
  • 32.1 A length delivery on the stumps to begin after the drinks break. Taylor defends it from within the crease. That one kept a bit low.
  • Drinks are on the field. With Masakadza throwing his wicket away, Taylor will look to notch a good partnership along with Raza as he is looking good in the middle. Sri Lanka have done better in the middle overs and would like to keep chipping away at the wickets.
  • 31.6 Taylor flicks it down the fine leg region and will keep the strike for next over. 161/3
  • 31.6 Short and dragged down the leg side by Chameera. The umpire calls it a wide.
  • 31.5 Chameera bowls a back of a length delivery on the stumps, Taylor defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 31.4 Raza rocks back on the back foot and punches it past the point region for a single.
  • 31.3 Raza ducks to a well bowled bouncer.
  • 31.2 Chameera banged it short outside off, Taylor plays an upper cut towards the third man fielder for a single. It was in the air but safe. Had he timed that one, it would have been straight down the third man's throat.
  • 31.1 Taylor punches it off the back foot to the cover area.
  • Dushmantha Chameera comes back into the attack.
  • 30.6 Raza pushes the ball to the cover region and a misfield allows them to complete a brace. 157/3
  • 30.5 DROPPED! And guess who? Kusal Mendis. But it was a tough one. Raza flicks a shortish delivery on the legs to the square leg region. Mendis dives forward but fails to catch it. Maybe, it landed just short. Perera is not impressed. Raza needs to be careful here.
  • 30.4 Raza opens the face of the bat and runs the ball to the third man area and they come through for a brace.
  • 30.3 Length delivery outside off, Raza goes for the hard slash but fails to put some bat to it. He needs to keep his cool.
  • 30.2 Raza tries to punch the ball to the off side but manages to find an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 30.1 Back of a length delivery on the stumps, Raza defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 29.6 Raza nudges a single to long on and will keep the strike for next over. 153/3
  • 29.5 Taylor drives a low full toss down the ground and gives his partner the strike.
  • 29.4 Short and wide, Raza cuts it to point and calls for a single.
  • 29.3 Gunaratne bowls a low full toss, Raza punches it to the leg side.
  • 29.2 Taylor chips it to the right of the mid-wicket fielder for a single.
  • 29.1 FOUR! Cheeky by Taylor. Gunaratne drags it way too short outside leg, Taylor wait for it and paddle sweeps to get the ball past the left of the keeper for another boundary. Good improvisation by the batsman.
  • 28.6 Raza lets this one go to the keeper. A tight over bowled by Perera. Only one from it! 145/3
  • 28.5 Raza pushes a length delivery outside off towards the point region.
  • 28.4 Perera bowls a back of a length delivery on the stumps, Taylor clips it to square leg for a single.
  • 28.3 Taylor flicks a full delivery on the legs side to mid-wicket.
  • 28.2 The batsman shoulders arms a length delivery outside off.
  • 28.1 Perera drags it wide outside off, Taylor goes for the cut but fails to put some bat to it. He should have put that one away.
  • Thisara Perera is back on. By far, he has been the best bowler for Sri Lanka today, quite economical, which you normally don't associate with him.
  • 27.6 Gunaratne gave some air to it as Taylor flicked it to square leg for a single. A successful over for the Lankans comes to an end. 144/3
  • 27.5 Raza opens the face of the bat towards the point region to open his account.
  • 27.4 The batsman has driven it through mid off.
  • 27.3 OUT! Angelo Mathews brings on the man with the golden arm and he does not disappoint his captain. Tossed up delivery outside off, Masakadza hits it really hard but straight into the hands of Gunathilaka (sub) who juggles for the catch at mid off but manages to hold onto it. Masakadza did not get the elevation he would have wanted. He is disappointed with himself. Was batting beautifully and there was a century for the taking. Sikandar Raza comes in next.
  • 27.2 Taylor drives the ball to long on to rotate the strike.
  • 27.1 Gunaratne starts by tossing it up towards the batsman, he plays it to long on for a single.
  • Asela Gunaratne will roll his arm over for some off spin.
  • 26.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. 140/2
  • 26.5 Taylor punches it off the back foot towards the cover region for a brace.
  • 26.4 Driven through the covers by the batsman. The batsmen change ends.
  • 26.3 Floated delivery outside off, Taylor pushes it to covers for yet another single.
  • 26.2 Masakadza rocks back and punches it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 26.1 Hasaranga drags it short outside off, Masakadza punches it past the cover fielder for a brace. This brings up the 50-run partnership between the two. They did make it look easy.
  • Wanindu Hasaranga, the leggie, comes back into the attack.
  • 25.6 Taylor waits back and defends it from within the crease off his back foot. Good end to the over by Dananjaya. 133/2
  • 25.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 25.4 Masakadza flicks it to mid-wicket to rotate the strike.
  • 25.3 FOUR! Dananjaya tosses it up on the stumps, Masakadza chips it over the bowler for another boundary. The fielder running from long on had no chance of stopping that one.
  • 25.2 Taylor drives it past the right of the bowler to give the strike to his partner.
  • 25.1 Dananjaya floats it on the legs, Masakadza drives it to long on for a single.
  • 24.6 Masakadza flicks it towards the square leg region and he will keep the strike for next over. 126/2
  • 24.5 Masakadza pushes it towards the point region to register another brace to his name.
  • 24.4 That could have been the shot of the day. Chameera bowls it full on the stump, Masakadza hits a lovely straight drive but unfortunately gets no run for it as it hits the stumps at the non-striker's end.
  • 24.4 Wide. The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side. The umpire signals it a wide.
  • 24.3 FOUR! A classy looking shot. Chameera bangs it short, Masakadza was quick to see it. He waits on the back foot and pulls that one towards the leg side to pierce the gap between the mid-wicket and fine leg fielders for a boundary.
  • 24.2 Masakadza punches the ball through the cover region for a brace.
  • 24.1 Masakadza rocks back on the back foot and punches it to covers.
  • 23.6 Taylor goes for the sweep to a floated delivery outside off, but fails to connect it. It hits him on his pads. 116/2
  • 23.5 Taylor gets in the line of the ball and defends it off hits front foot.
  • 23.4 Taylor drives the floated delivery to the mid on fielder.
  • 23.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.2 Taylor flicks the ball to square leg and the batsmen quickly come through for a brace. Good running by the batsmen.
  • 23.1 FOUR! Good looking shot by Taylor. Dananjaya tosses it up around off, Taylor gets on one knee and sweeps it through the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 22.6 A full delivery outside off to end the over with. Masakadza drives the ball to mid off. A good end to the over which started with a boundary. 110/2
  • 22.5 Masakadza hits the ball to the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 22.4 Chameera hits the deck hard towards the shorter side outside off, Masakadza punches it off the back foot towards the cover area.
  • 22.4 Wide. The batsman watches the bouncer go way above his head. The umpire signals it a wide.
  • 22.3 Taylor edges the ball to third man for a single.
  • 22.2 Taylor waits on the back foot and punches it to the off side.
  • 22.1 FOUR! Poor delivery to begin his second spell with. He drags it short and wide outside off, Taylor punches it through the cover region for a boundary. Good confident looking shot by the experienced campaigner.
  • Dushmantha Chameera comes back into the attack.
  • 21.6 Dananjaya tosses it up down the leg side, Taylor works it to square leg and will keep the strike for next over. 104/2
  • 21.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.4 NOT OUT! Taylor did manage to get some bat to it. He went for the reverse sweep but failed to connect properly. He was hit on the pads, they appealed and the umpire agreed. However, Taylor was quite sure as he took the DRS. The replays rolled in and the Snicko showed some spike when the ball passed the inside half of Brendan's bat. The umpire has to reverse his decision. Good use of the technology!
  • Shout for an lbw and up goes the finger. Brendan Taylor though refers it almost immediately. Has he under edged that?
  • 21.3 Taylor tries to paddle sweep it, but finds the toe end of the bat to see the ball roll besides the pitch.
  • 21.2 Taylor sweeps a floated delivery on the stumps towards the short fine leg fielder. Had me missed that one, he was a goner.
  • 21.1 Dananjaya tosses it up outside off, Taylor defends it off the front foot.
  • Akila Dananjaya comes back into the attack. He went for plenty in his first spell. He would like to redeem himself in this one.
  • 20.6 A short pitched ball on the stumps, Masakadza defends it from within the crease. This ball climbed on the batsman. 103/2
  • 20.5 Masakadza punches the ball towards the cover region.
  • 20.4 Lakmal bowls a back of a length delivery on the stumps, Masakadza defends it off his back foot. Lakmal did manage to get some bounce behind that ball.
  • 20.3 Well played by Taylor. Lakmal hits the deck hard on the shorter side outside off. Taylor rocks back and gets the ball towards the third man region for a single.
  • 20.3 Wide. Lakmal bangs it short and Taylor leaves that one away as it is way above him. The umpire signals a wide.
  • 20.2 Lakmal bowls it full on the legs, Taylor plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 20.1 Length delivery outside off, Masakadza taps it to cover point for a single.
  • 19.6 100 up for Zimbabwe. Masakadza drives the ball to long on and will keep the strike for next over. 100/2
  • 19.5 The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 19.4 Hasaranga floats it up on the legs, Masakadza leans into it and hits it to long on for a single.
  • 19.3 Taylor drives a full delivery outside off towards long off for a single.
  • 19.2 The batsman drives the ball straight down the ground.
  • 19.1 FOUR! A juicy full toss and Taylor would not miss it. He flicks it towards deep mid-wicket for his first boundary of the innings.
  • 18.6 Short pitched delivery on the stumps, Masakadza rocks back and punches it to mid-wicket. 92/2
  • 18.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 18.4 Short ball, Taylor gloves his attempted pull shot towards short fine leg for a run.
  • 18.3 32nd ODI fifty for Masakadza and 4th against the Lankans. Full length delivery outside off, Masakadza guides that one towards third man for a single. He needs to carry on from here and convert it into a big one.
  • 18.2 A short of a length delivery on the legs, Taylor clips it to fine leg for another single.
  • 18.1 Lakmal bowls it short outside off, Masakadza works it to third man for a single.
  • 17.6 Taylor tries the reverse sweep to a floated delivery outside off, but only manages to glove that one. 88/2
  • 17.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 17.4 Tossed up delivery outside off, Masakadza leans into the drive and gets the ball past covers to give his partner the strike.
  • 17.3 Hasaranga drags it short outside off, Taylor punches it to covers for a single.
  • 17.2 Masakadza pushes the ball to the cover point fielder to rotate the strike.
  • 17.1 Bowls it quick and full on the stumps. Masakadza defends it off the front foot.
  • Wanindu Hasaranga comes into the attack.
  • 16.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. Good over for the Lankans. 85/2
  • 16.5 Taylor defends it off his front foot towards the cover region.
  • 16.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • Brendan Taylor comes in next.
  • 16.3 OUT! Ervine makes his way back to the hut. Kusal Mendis will be a relieved man as that dropped catch did not cost them much. Lakmal bowls a short of a length ball outside off. Ervine goes for the punch but finds the outside edge of the bat. It flies to Angelo Mathews who completes an good catch at first slip. Three single digit scores for Craig in a row, going through a little bit of rough patch at the moment.
  • 16.2 Ervine pushes the ball to the left of the point fielder and picks up a brace to open his account.
  • 16.1 Lakmal lands it on a good length spot outside off. Ervine plays it off the front foot.
  • Suranga Lakmal comes back into the attack.
  • Drinks are on the field. Zimbabwe are 83-1. Masakadza is playing some positive cricket. He needs to carry on and score a big one for his team. Sri Lanka have been dismal, so far. Although, they got the wicket of Mire, they will be disappointed with the dropped catch of Ervine. Let's see how things pan out in the middle overs.
  • 15.6 Masakadza goes for the back foot punch towards the mid-wicket area, but misses it as it hits his thigh pad. 83/1
  • 15.5 FOUR! Chameera drags it short down the leg. Masakadza hooks that one away towards the fine leg region for another boundary.
  • 15.4 Masakadza rocks on the back foot and punches the ball past the cover region. They pick up a couple.
  • 15.3 Bouncer by Chameera. He bangs it short outside off, Masakadza goes for the hook but in the end decides to pull out from the shot.
  • 15.2 Chameera bowls a back of a length delivery outside off, Masakadza defends it off the back foot.
  • 15.1 Full down the leg side, Masakadza misses the flick as it hits his pads.
  • 14.6 Bouncer to end the over with. Ervine does well to leave that one away. 77/1
  • 14.5 Pitched up delivery on the stumps, Ervine plays it to Perera.
  • 14.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 14.3 Ervine shoulders arms to a length delivery outside off.
  • 14.2 Perera drifts it full on the leg side, Masakadza clips it to fine leg for a single.
  • 14.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 13.6 DROPPED! Ervine gets a life on 0. Chameera lands it on a full length outside off, Ervine goes for the drives but finds the outside edge. The ball flies to the second slip region, Kusal Mendis gets hands to it but fails to hold on. Could be a costly drop for Sri Lanka. 76/1
  • 13.5 Ervine shoulders arms to a full delivery outside off.
  • 13.4 Masakadza drives it to mid off and gives the strike to his partner.
  • 13.3 Chameera bangs it short, Masakadza ducks to see that one away.
  • 13.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 13.1 Chameera bowls it full on the stumps, Masakadza flicks it off his pads to the leg side. Kusal Mendis makes a diving stop at leg gully. Had he not put his hands onto it, it was a certain boundary. The Lankans look all charged up.
  • Craig Ervine comes in next.
  • 12.6 OUT! A much-needed breakthrough for the Lankans. These two batsmen were looking good in the middle. Perera bowls it on a short length spot around middle and off, Mire goes for the pull but finds the top edge. It skies up in the air and Kusal Mendis bags an easy catch running from mid-wicket to his right. Perera bowled a good over until then and the pressure got the better of the batsman. A 75-run partnership comes to an end. 75/1
  • 12.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 12.4 Mire goes for the push to the cover region, he finds the inside edge and the ball runs to the leg side towards short fine leg.
  • 12.3 Leading edge but safe. He bowls a seam up delivery on the stumps, Masakadza goes for the flick but finds the leading edge. It flies to the right of the point region and they steal a single.
  • 12.2 Length delivery outside off, Masakadza pushes it to covers.
  • 12.1 Masakadza drives it to the mid off area.
  • 11.6 Mire pulls that one away over the square leg region for a brace. These two batsmen are looking good in the middle. 74/0
  • 11.5 Chameera drags it short down the leg, Masakadza misses the flick. It hits his thigh pad and they sneak a leg bye.
  • 11.4 In the air but safe! Chameera bowls a back of length delivery outside off. Mire goes for the push to the covers but finds the shoulder of his bat. The ball floats over the first slip fielder and the batsmen change ends.
  • 11.3 Well bowled! The effort delivery by Chameera. Bangs it short right in the area. Mire goes for the hook but misses it. He is generating some good pace.
  • 11.2 Chameera lands it on a back of a length, Mire punches it to mid-wicket.
  • 11.1 Length delivery on the stumps, Mire defends it off his front foot.
  • 10.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 70/0
  • 10.6 Wide called for height! Perera bangs it short, Masakadza ducks it and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 10.5 FOUR! Wide delivery outside off, Masakadza plays a square cut to get the ball past the point fielder for a boundary. The diving fielder had no chance to stop it. The outfield looks fast and the batsmen will get runs for their shots.
  • 10.4 Masakadza rocks back and defends it off his front foot.
  • 10.3 Mire drives the ball to mid-wicket and calls his partner over for a single.
  • 10.2 Length delivery outside off, Mire pushes it to the point region.
  • 10.1 Perera hits the deck hard on a shorter side, Mire goes for the hook but misses it. Umpire calls it one for the over.
  • 9.6 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. At the end of Powerplay 1, the Men in Red are 64-0. Just the start they would have hoped for. 64/0
  • 9.5 Similar delivery and similar shot by Masakadza. Length delivery on the middle stump, Masakadza flicks it over square leg for a brace.
  • 9.4 FOUR! Good shot by Masakadza. Chameera bowls a length delivery on the middle, Masakadza flicks it to the left of the fine leg fielder to earn himself a boundary.
  • 9.4 Wide! Chameera banged it short but that flew way over the batsman. A good collection by the keeper. That is one bounce for the over.
  • 9.3 Good length delivery on the stumps, Masakadza plays it to the square leg area.
  • 9.2 Short delivery on the legs, Mire plays it off his hips to fine leg for a single.
  • 9.1 Chameera starts up by bowling it full and quick on the stumps. Mire plays it to mid-wicket.
  • Dushmantha Chameera comes into the attack.
  • 8.6 Length delivery on the legs, Masakadza flicks it to mid-wicket. 56/0
  • 8.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 8.4 Play and a miss. Masakadza goes to slash it towards the cover region but gets beaten by the inward movement on the ball.
  • 8.3 LBW appeal by the player. Masakadza goes for the flick but misses it and it hits his pads. That was drifting down the leg side.
  • 8.2 Masakadza shoulders arms to a delivery outside off.
  • 8.1 Mire finds the outside edge to a delivery pitched on the good length spot outside off. The ball runs down the third man region and they pick up a single.
  • 7.6 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. 55/0
  • 7.5 Dananjaya floats it full on the legs, Mire plays it with soft hands to the square leg region for a single.
  • 7.4 Masakadza tucks it to square leg to rotate the strike.
  • 7.3 Dananjaya drags it short, Mire pushes it to square leg for a single.
  • 7.2 FOUR! Mire gets down the track and hits it past the bowler down the ground for yet another boundary. Mire is playing with positive intent. Good opening stand by the duo as they bring up their 50-run partnership in no time.
  • 7.1 FOUR! Good shot by Mire. Dananjaya tosses it up on the stumps, Mire gets down on one knee and sweeps it past the short fine leg fielder for a boundary. Good start to the over for the Men in Red.
  • A different Zimbabwe have turned up today for the game! There is better intent shown by their openers as they are trying to utilize the Powerplay overs. Not only the boundaries, they are concentrating on rotating the strike as well. Sri Lanka put under early pressure here.
  • 6.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 44/0
  • 6.5 FOUR! Loose delivery and easy pickings for Masakadza. Perera bowls a short delivery on the legs, Masakadza rocks back and pulls it to square leg for another boundary. Masakadza is looking good in the middle.
  • 6.4 Masakadza drives it to mid on.
  • 6.3 Perera lands it on a good length spot outside off, Masakadza times it well but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 6.2 Masakadza rocks back and defends off the back foot.
  • 6.1 Starts up with a bouncer. That surprised the batsman. Perera banged it short on the stumps, Masakadza does well to duck that one away.
  • Thisara Perera comes into the attack.
  • 5.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 40/0
  • 5.5 Masakadza drives it to mid on and picks up a single.
  • 5.4 FOUR! Innovative by the batsman. Dananjaya floats it around leg, Masakadza reverse sweeps that one to get the ball past the diving backward point fielder for a boundary. The batsmen are making use of the Powerplay overs.
  • 5.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 5.2 FOUR! Masakadza was not in control of it but gets four runs to his name. Dananjaya floats it up outside off, Masakadza comes dancing down the track and lofts the ball over the cover area for a single.
  • 5.1 Mire comes dancing down the track and lofts the ball to deep mid-wicket. The batsmen run through for a single.
  • 4.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to the point fielder. 30/0
  • 4.5 Mire flicks it to mid-wicket and gives the strike to Masakadza.
  • 4.4 FOUR! Mire picked that early and Lakmal paid the price for the experiment. He pitches the off cutter full and in the arc, Mire lofts it behind the bowler for a boundary.
  • 4.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 4.2 FOUR! Lakmal bowled it on a good length spot on the stumps, Mire finds the outside edge and sees the ball run past the second slip fielder for a boundary. He played it with soft hands.
  • 4.1 Lakmal drags it short outside off, Mire punches it off the back foot towards the cover region.
  • 3.6 Mire drives the full ball to mid on and he will keep the strike for next over. 21/0
  • 3.5 Dananjaya floats it up outside off, Mire drives it to covers.
  • 3.4 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 3.3 LBW appeal by Akila but the umpire does not move an inch. Tosses this outside off, Mire goes for the sweep but misses it. The impact was outside off.
  • 3.2 Bowls it quick and full outside off. Mire goes for the push towards covers but misses it.
  • 3.1 Floats it full on the legs, Masakadza tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 2.6 Mire drives the full delivery on the stumps towards the mid off region. 19/0
  • 2.5 Beaten. Lakmal pitches it in the driving length outside off, Mire goes for the back foot punch but gets beaten by the movement on the ball. Well bowled by Lakmal.
  • 2.4 Drops it a tad short on the stumps, Masakadza punches it to mid-wicket and gives his partner the strike.
  • 2.3 Wide outside off stump, Masakadza leaves it alone.
  • 2.2 Lakmal bangs it short outside off, Masakadza upper cuts this one. They pick up a couple as they ball flies over cover-point. Both batsmen look positive in their approach.
  • 2.1 Lakmal hits it on the good length area outside off, Masakadza shoulders arms to it.
  • 1.6 Dananjaya gives it some air but drops it short. Masakadza punches it towards mid-wicket as they pick up a brace. 16/0
  • 1.5 The batsman has flicked this off his pads.
  • 1.4 FOUR! Lovely shot by Mire. Gunaratne tosses it up outside off, Mire gets on top of the ball and sweeps it past the square leg region to earn his first boundary.
  • 1.3 Drags it a bit short on the stumps, Masakadza clips it to fine leg for a single.
  • 1.2 Floated delivery outside off, Mire leans forward on the front foot to defend. But he gets an inside edge and they sneak a single as the ball runs to square leg.
  • 1.1 Dananjaya tosses the delivery towards the batsman, Mire tucks it to square leg.
  • Akila Dananjaya will bowl from other end.
  • 0.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. Good beginning by Zimbabwe, way better than the last ODI where they lost two wickets in the opening over! 8/0
  • 0.5 Good follow up delivery by Lakmal. On a good length spot outside off, Masakadza goes for the drive but gets beaten.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Lakmal drags it full down the leg side, Masakadza was quick to it and flicks it past the square leg region for yet another boundary. He timed that one beautifully.
  • 0.3 Lakmal drags it short down the leg side, Masakadza tucks it to the square leg area.
  • 0.2 FOUR! First runs for Zimbabwe. Lakmal gives a half volley on the stumps, Masakadza punches it down the ground to open his account with a boundary.
  • 0.1 Good delivery to begin with. Lakmal pitches it full outside off, Masakadza drives it to mid off. A good looking shot to start the proceedings with.
  • The umpires make their way out in the middle. Hamilton Masakadza and Solomon Mire will open the innings for Zimbabwe. Suranga Lakmal will have the new ball in hand to start the proceedings.
  • Sri Lanka XI - Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera.
  • Zimbabwe XI - Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, PJ Moor, Brendan Taylor (wk), Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer (c), Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani.
  • TOSS - Both the skippers come out along with the match referee David Boon (officiating his 100th ODI). Angelo Mathews flips the coin, Graeme Cremer calls it wrongly and Sri Lanka opt to field first!
  • We expect a crackerjack of a match as the Men in Red look to make a comeback after a defeat while the Lankan Lions will look to start the tournament on a high, once again under the captaincy of Angelo Mathews. Join us shortly for toss and action.
  • On the other hand, Sri Lanka look a much better side on paper. The experience of Upul Tharanga at the top of the order who has been in red-hot form lately having scored 95 in his last ODI will look to provide a good start for his team. The Lankan Lions will go into this match with their confidence boosted due to the newly appointed coach, Chandika Hathurusingha, who was with the Bangladesh team for the last three years and will be knowing nook and corner of these conditions.
  • Hello folks, we are here at Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, for the historic 100th ODI to be played here. Sri Lanka will be taking on Zimbabwe in the second match of the tri-nation series. Zimbabwe, after having suffered a huge loss in the first match, will look to pull up their socks in this encounter. The only positive they had was the stability provided by Sikandar Raza and Peter Moor.
  • That's all from us. A thrilling contest in the 100th game at this venue and Zimbabwe emerged as the better team. The action will stay here in Mirpur and the hosts will lock horns with Sri Lanka on 19th January. Do join us at 1200 local (0600 GMT) for all the updates. Until then, it's goodbye and cheers!
  • Sikandar Raza bags the Man of the Match for his all round performance. He starts by saying that he certainly did not bowl as the team would have liked him to bowl in the Powerplay. But the team showed a lot of character on the field with the bat as well as the bowl. He even mentions that Moor batted exactly the way team would have wanted him to bat. The team trusts Moor and according to him, Moor is someone who understands the game really well. He says that the partnership with Taylor, Waller and Moor was the key which helped them set such a good total on board. On being asked about the catches he took, he says that every catch is a pressure catch and they took every over at a time and did not panic much on the field. He also shared his views on Thisara saying that if he would have continued for 2 more overs he would have taken the game away from them.
  • Graeme Cremer (Zimbabwe captain) says that there was a lot of improvement from the last match and they couldn't have hoped for a better start from Masakadza. Praises Raza who played an excellent knock and adds that the other batsmen did well in the supporting role. On being asked about the total, he says that they thought that 260 was a par score, but they managed to get to 290 and went into the break with confidence. Further adds that they had to bowl well to defend it and credits his bowlers as they showed a lot of character. He mentions the name of Muzarabani and Chatara on whom the team had confidence and they delivered. He even mentions that it will be interesting to see what happens in the game between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The captain signs off by saying that they will take one game at a time.
  • Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka captain) says that he is disappointed with the loss but they fought hard in the middle. He even mentions how scrappy they were on the field as they leaked too many runs in the first 10 overs and towards the end of the first innings they did not bowl according to the plan. On being asked about the run chase, he answers that the wicket settled quite nicely in the second innings. They were going well with the run-rate but kept losing wickets at regular intervals which held back their momentum. On the performance of both the Pereras, he replies that Thisara has been fantastic for them both with the bat and ball. Adds that they (Kusal and Thisara) both batted well today but no other player could really bat alongside them. Mentions that they would have hoped to start 2018 on a high but they have a lot of positives from this game and will look to come back hard in the next encounter.
  • It was an excellent performance by Zimbabwe but they could have done even better. A couple of catches of Kusal Perera went down and had they taken that, this victory could have been a lot easier. Something to work on. As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, their poor form of 2017 has carried in the new year as well. They conceded 48 runs in the last 4 overs while bowling which in a way cost them today. To add to that, there were plenty of starts to their batsmen but none took the responsibility to finish the game. A long way to go for them and Angelo Mathews will have to streamline his resources.
  • In spite of losing wickets, Sri Lanka kept on scoring runs at a quick rate. If it was Kusal Perera at the start, it was Thisara Perera towards the end. He played a scintillating knock down the order and his counterattacking punch pushed Zimbabwe on the back foot. His partnerships with Wanindu Hasaranga and Akila Dananjaya nearly earned the Islanders a win but the Men in Red stood tall to deny them that. Thisara got out when 16 runs were needed off 20 balls and the last wicket didn't have enough skills to score the remaining runs.
  • Chasing a big target, Sri Lanka got off to a breezy start but then lost Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis in quick time. Kusal Perera, however, kept playing his shots and in Angelo Mathews got an able partner. Together the pair stitched in an 85-run stand to bring the chase on track. But just when it seemed that the Lankans will run away with the game, Sikandar Raza dismissed Kusal. Angelo Mathews also followed soon and from thereon, the wickets kept following.
  • What a humdinger! Zimbabwe kept their composure at the dying moments and have once again outclassed Sri Lanka. They have bounced back amazingly well after a loss in the last game against Bangladesh. Sikandar Raza takes a stump as a souvenir and leads his team off the park. He delivered an all-round performance today which is becoming a norm nowadays from him. Zimbabwe are a happy bunch, celebrating and smiling.
  • 48.1 OUT! Zimbabwe win by 12 runs. Clever bowling this by Chatara. He takes the pace off the delivery and serves an off cutter on the shorter side outside off, 107.1 kph, Chameera latches onto it but plays half-heartedly as he is deceived by the lack of pace. It kisses the top half of the bat, balloons in the air and Brandon Mavuta (sub) keeps his calm to catch the ball at point. What a thrilling game!
  • 47.6 Chameera drives it to long on for a single. 13 runs needed of 12 delivers with just one wicket in hand. 278/9
  • A slip in place
  • 47.5 Cremer bowls a googly on the good length spot outside off. Chameera defends it off the back foot.
  • 47.4 A low full toss tucked away to wide long on for a single.
  • 47.3 Cremer drags it short and quick on the stumps. Lakmal pulls it straight to the bowler.
  • 47.2 Cremer flights it on the full outside off, Lakmal tries to cut it but misses it.
  • 47.1 Cremer tosses it up outside off, Lakmal finds the outside edge as the ball runs to third man fielder.
  • Graeme Cremer comes in to bowl his last over.
  • 46.6 Good length delivery outside off, Chameera pushes it to covers. A successful over for Chatara comes to an end. 276/9
  • 46.5 Chatara bowls it full on the stumps, Lakmal drives it to long on for a single.
  • Dushmantha Chameera is the last man to come into bat.
  • 46.4 OUT! It's a legal delivery and this game takes yet another turn. A full toss by Muzarabani and Perera hits it straight down the throat of Raza at deep mid-wicket. The Zimbabweans look all pumped up. The umpire quickly checks upstairs for the no ball but it's fine. We have a nail-biter on our hands. Zimbabwe need just one wicket to register a victory, while Sri Lanka need 16 runs off 20 balls.
  • Thisara Perera is caught in the deep. Big moment in the match, the umpire once again is checking for the front foot no ball.
  • 46.3 Chatara banged it short, Lakmal top edges this to the third man region for a single.
  • 46.2 Chatara follows it up by bowling it full on the legs. Perera drives it to long on and gives his partner the strike.
  • 46.1 SIX! Huge! You can't afford to bowl length deliveries when you have someone like Perera on strike. He picks that slower one with ease and heaves it over mid-wicket for a maximum. He was waiting for it.
  • 45.6 Jarvis drags it short and wide outside off stump. Lakmal hits it to the point fielder. 24 needed off 24 deliveries. Who will you put your bet on? 267/8
  • 45.5 A slower bouncer by Jarvis. Perera does well to keep that one down and pull the ball to deep mid-wicket. The batsmen change ends.
  • 45.4 Jarvis hits the deck hard on the shorter side, Lakmal plays it to the right of the keeper and they come through for a single.
  • 45.3 Jarvis banged it short outside off, Perera pulls it to mid off for a single.
  • 45.2 Jarvis bowls a back of a length delivery on the legs, Perera plays it with soft hands to mid-wicket and quickly calls his partner for a brace. They both had their skating boots on.
  • 45.1 Starts by bowling it full on the stumps, Lakmal works it to square leg to open his account.
  • Suranga Lakmal comes in at no.10. Kyle Jarvis is back into the attack. 30 runs needed off 30 balls.
  • 44.6 OUT! Uff...it's not called a no ball, that was touch and go and the third umpire has given the decision in favour of the fielding team. Chatara bowls an excellent off cutter, full outside off stump, Dananjaya tries to hit it over the off side. But he ends up slicing it in the air towards the cover region. Cremer takes a good catch running to his right inside the ring, although he juggled a bit. The umpire wants to check for the front foot no ball and the replays show that it's mighty close. Is there anything behind the line? The Sri Lankan fans will say, no. The Zimbabwean fans will say, yes. What the third umpire says is more important and he rules it against the Islanders. 261/8
  • Dananjaya is caught! The umpire is checking for the front foot no ball.
  • 44.6 Wide! Chatara drags it down the leg side for a wide. It's all about handling pressure at this stage.
  • 44.5 A length ball on the stumps, Perera works it to mid-wicket and the batsmen change ends.
  • 44.4 Chatara bowls a short pitched delivery outside off, Dananjaya rocks back and hits it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 44.3 Chatara bowls it on a back of a length outside off, Dananjaya goes for the smashing shot but misses it.
  • 44.2 Yorker, right on the money, Perera works it to the cover point region for a single.
  • 44.2 Wide. Chatara slides it down the leg side and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 44.1 Chatara starts by landing the ball on a good length spot outside off, Dananjaya finds the inside edge of the bat and the ball runs down to the fine leg region. The batsmen change ends.
  • Tendai Chatara comes back into the attack. He has been the most economical for them today.
  • 43.6 Fifty for Thisara Perera! 8th in the ODIs and no better time to get when your team needs it the most. He nudges the full delivery to mid-wicket and calls his partner quickly for a brace. That is good running by the duo. A fifty off 29 balls, earlier in the chase, Kusal Perera scored a half century off 32 balls. The Pereras have kept Sri Lanka on course. 36 runs needed off 36 balls. 255/7
  • 43.5 Dananjaya plays a pull short to a delivery banged in short by the bowler. They pick up a single as the ball runs to square leg.
  • 43.4 Dananjaya cuts the short delivery to the fielder stationed at the point region.
  • 43.3 Muzarabani bowls a short delivery on the stumps, Dananjaya rocks back and punches it to mid-wicket.
  • 43.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Perera punches it to covers for a single.
  • 43.1 FOUR! Good start to the over for Perera. Muzarabani drags it short, Perera pulls it to deep mid-wicket to earn himself a boundary. The diving fielder had no chance stopping that one. Good sensible batting by him.
  • 42.6 Dananjaya rocks back on the back foot and punches it to covers. Raza ends his spell with figures of 10-0-54-1. 247/7
  • 42.5 LBW appeal but umpire is unmoved. Raza tossed this on middle and leg, Dananjaya failed to defend and was hit on the pads. They appealed but nothing from the umpire. Missing leg, easily.
  • 42.4 Raza drags it short, Perera pulls it to long on and the batsmen change ends.
  • 42.3 Floated delivery, Dananjaya hits it on the full down the ground for a single.
  • 42.2 Raza flights it on the stumps, Perera works it to long off and gives his partner the strike.
  • 42.2 Wide. Raza slides this down the leg side and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 42.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, Dananjaya pushes it to left of the point fielder for a single.
  • 41.6 Muzarabani bowls it on a good length spot outside off, Dananjaya pushes it to sweeper cover and will keep the strike for the next over. 242/7
  • 41.5 Excellent bowling by the youngster. He bangs it short yet again, Dananjaya manages to get the handle of the bat to it and the ball rolls to the side of the wicket.
  • 41.4 Perera cuts the short delivery to third man for a single.
  • 41.3 A back of a length delivery on the legs to follow up with. Dananjaya works it off his hips to fine leg to give the strike to his partner.
  • 41.2 Good short stuff by the bowler. He bangs in a bouncer and Dananjaya does well to duck under it.
  • 41.1 Muzarabani bangs it short, Perera works it to square leg for a single.
  • Blessing Muzarabani comes back into the attack.
  • 40.6 Raza drags it short and wide outside off, Dananjaya cuts it to the point region. 53 runs needed off 54 balls. We have an exciting finish on our hands. 238/7
  • 40.5 Similar kind of delivery, pitches on middle and turns away from the batsman as he goes for the drive. Brilliant bowling by Raza.
  • A slip in place.
  • 40.4 Play and a miss. Raza floats it on the good length spot, Dananjaya goes for the drive but gets beaten by the turn on the ball.
  • 40.3 Raza tosses it up on the legs, Perera nudges it to mid-wicket and the batsmen change ends.
  • 40.2 Dananjaya cuts a short delivery outside off to sweeper cover to open his account.
  • 40.1 Raza drags it short on the stumps, Perera pulls it to wide long on for a single.
  • Powerplay 3 signalled. Maximum of 5 fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle.
  • 39.6 Sensible. Punches it through covers for a run and retains strike. 17 runs and a wicket from the over, an eventful one. 235/7
  • 39.5 EDGY FOUR! It's all happening out there. Once again Perera attempts to go big but it takes the outer half of his bat and races past the short third man fielder for a boundary. Sri Lanka won't mind these lucky runs.
  • 39.4 SIX! Out of here! Perera will not drop his guard. If it's in his zone, he will whack it. Flatter again, full and on middle, Thisara gets under it and launches it over the bowler's head.
  • 39.3 Flatter and straighter, not allowing any room, Perera defends it back to the bowler.
  • Akila Dananjaya is in next.
  • 39.2 OUT! Hasaranga holes out, one shot too many by him. 67 needed off 64 balls. He once again tries to take on the leggie. Aims to go downtown and clear long on but fails to get enough power behind his shot. Moor in the deep takes a fine catch. Wanindu got carried away, should have concentrated on rotating the strike after hitting a biggie first ball. But then that's asking too much from a number 8.
  • 39.1 SIX! That's a clean hit by Hasaranga! Cremer dishes out a googly which I'm not sure is read from the hand. But Wanindu after giving the charge swings his bat which happens to be with the spin and it goes high and handsome over wide long on for a biggie. 22 runs from Cremer's last 7 balls. Put under pressure.
  • 38.6 Raza ends the over by dragging it short, Hasaranga pulls it to deep square leg for a single. Good tight over by Raza. Just 3 runs off it. 218/6
  • 38.5 Raza bowls it on a good length spot turning into the batsman, Hasaranga flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 38.4 Raza tosses it up down the leg side, Hasaranga comes down the track and misses the flick. It hits his pads.
  • 38.3 Perera punches the ball down the long on region for a single.
  • 38.2 Raza bowls it quick and short outside off, Perera rocks back and defends it off the back foot.
  • 38.1 Raza drags it short outside off, Hasaranga punches it off the back foot to sweeper cover for a single.
  • Raza comes back into the attack.
  • 37.6 SIX! That was huge. You can't afford to give this player such flight on the ball. Cremer bowls it full and Perera lofts it over the long off fence for a maximum. A costly over for Zimbabwe, 16 runs came off it. 214/6
  • 37.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 37.4 FOUR! Hit with some power. Cremer flights it on the stumps and Perera hits it straight down the ground. Cremer had no chance stopping that one.
  • 37.3 Cremer tosses it up on the legs, Hasaranga works it to fine leg and the batsmen change ends.
  • 37.2 Perera opens the face of the bat and runs the ball to third man for a single.
  • 37.1 FOUR! A googly by Cremer and Perera tries to cut it hard but manages to find the outside edge. The ball runs down the third man fence for a boundary. Unlucky for the bowler but Perera will take it no matter how they come.
  • 36.6 Waller darts it quick and full on the stumps. Hasaranga defends it off the front foot. 199/6
  • 36.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 36.4 Waller tosses it up on the legs, Hasaranga clips it to fine leg and the batsmen change ends.
  • 36.3 Perera flicks the flighted delivery towards the mid-wicket area and calls his partner for a single.
  • 36.2 Waller drags it short outside off, Hasaranga cuts it to the right of point for a single.
  • 36.1 Quick delivery, full outside off, Hasaranga opens the face of the bat towards the short third man fielder.
  • 35.6 Perera leans forwards for the defense, gets an inside edge onto the pads. Cremer completes another successful over. 195/6
  • 35.5 Cremer flights it outside off, Hasaranga drives it to long off to open his account.
  • Wanindu Hasaranga comes ahead of Akila Dananjaya. The latter has an ODI fifty to his name but the former possesses a couple of First Class centuries. Probably, that worked in his favour. Anyway, Sri Lanka will want him to stick around with Thisara.
  • 35.4 OUT! This wicket is a leg spinner's delight. Drift and turn to fox the batsman. Gunaratne makes his way back to the hut and it's a killer blow to the Islanders. Cremer tosses the ball around off, Gunaratne comes dancing down the track but is deceived in flight first and then by the length. After that, he gets beaten by the turn on the delivery. Taylor dislodges the bails in no time and Gunaratne makes a long walk back to the pavilion. Sri Lanka in deep trouble, 97 required off 86 balls with only four wickets left.
  • 35.3 Flighted delivery outside off, Gunaratne drives it to covers.
  • 35.2 Cremer tosses it up on the stumps, Gunaratne defends it off the front foot.
  • 35.1 Bowls it short outside off, Perera cuts it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • Graeme Cremer comes back into the attack.
  • 34.6 Perera gets in the line of the ball and hits the ball down the ground for a single. 193/5
  • 34.5 Tossed up delivery on the shorter side, Gunaratne goes for the pull but top edges it behind the keeper. They sneak a single.
  • 34.4 Waller darts in a yorker outside off, Gunaratne works it to mid-wicket.
  • 34.3 Waller drags it short outside off, Perera flat-bats it to long off and the batsmen change ends.
  • 34.2 Tossed up delivery on the stumps, Gunaratne sweeps it to square leg for a single.
  • 34.1 Waller bowls it quick and full on the legs, Gunaratne nudges it to fine leg.
  • 33.6 Perera pulls the short delivery to deep mid-wicket and they pick up a brace. A successful over for the Men in Red. 189/5
  • 33.5 FOUR! Jarvis serves it short and down the leg side. Perera clips it off his hips past the right of the keeper for his first boundary. Good way to open the account.
  • 33.4 Short and wide outside off, Gunaratne opens the face of the bat and guides the ball to third man for a single.
  • 33.3 Jarvis drifts it full down the leg side, Perera fails to flick it and it hits his pads. They sneak a leg bye.
  • Thisara Perera comes in next
  • 33.2 OUT! Bowled! That's a straightforward dismissal and should not have been consulted with the third umpire. Coming to the delivery - Jarvis bowls it on a back of a length around off, keeping a bit low, Chandimal rocks back and tries to nudge that to the leg side but fails to get bat onto it. It sneaks through to strike the timber. For reasons known only to Dinesh Chandimal, he was surprised. Cannot believe that he's bowled and the umpires also don't want to take any chance. The refer it upstairs and the replays confirm that the former skipper is bowled. It's conveyed to him and he walks off the ground. Chandimal looked good during his stay. Now two new men are in the middle they will have to build a partnership. 100 needed off 110 balls.
  • What happened there? Jarvis' delivery has gone through Chandimal who was trying to flick. The bails have come off but Dinesh is not sure how has that happened. They are checking it upstairs. Bizarre. If the bails have come off then either it's bowled or hit-wicket, given the keeper is not standing up to the stumps. There isn't strong breeze blowing either. Let's see what the replays show...
  • 33.1 An off cutter full outside off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot to the point fielder.
  • Drinks are on the field. 24 runs came off the last two overs. In spite of losing a couple of set batsmen, Sri Lanka are doing their best to keep the run chase on track. 110 needed off 102 balls. Zimbabwe need to keep picking wickets to stay in hunt.
  • 32.6 Waller tosses it up on the stumps, Chandimal plays it to fine leg for a single. Once again 12 runs from the over! 181/4
  • 32.5 Floated delivery on the legs. Chandimal works it to square leg.
  • 32.5 Waller slides it down the leg side, the keeper cant collect that one. They sneak a single and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 32.4 Chandimal rocks back and punches it off the back foot towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • 32.3 Tossed up delivery on the legs, Chandimal works it to mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 32.2 FOUR! Bowls it quick outside off stump, Chandimal goes for the cut but finds the outside edge run past the left of the short third man fielder for a boundary. He will take them however it comes.
  • 32.2 Waller bowls it full down the leg side and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 32.1 Waller starts by dragging it short, Gunaratne cuts it to point and comes for a single.
  • Malcolm Waller comes into bowl.
  • 31.6 Chandimal punches the short ball to the sweeper cover region and calls his partner for a brace. 12 runs came off that over. 169/4
  • 31.5 SIX! Chandimal is punishing the loose deliveries. This was dragged short by Jarvis and Chandimal was quick to see it. He pulls it away over square leg for a maximum. It's important for Sri Lanka that they don't get bogged down after losing the set batsmen.
  • 31.4 Short delivery outside off, Chandimal punches it off the back foot to the point fielder.
  • 31.3 Chandimal punches it off the back foot towards covers.
  • 31.2 Jarvis follows it up by bowling it full on the legs, Chandimal plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 31.1 FOUR! Short, wide and asking to be punished. Chandimal frees his arms and gets the ball over the point region for a boundary. Chandimal is looking confident in the middle.
  • Asela Gunaratne comes in next. Kyle Jarvis comes into bowl.
  • 30.6 OUT! Sikandar Raza, you beauty! Mathews departs. The big fish is gone. Yet another delivery banged in short by Muzarabani, Mathews goes to pull that one away but does not find the sweet spot of the bat. He sees the ball flying to the mid-wicket area where Sikandar Raza takes a spectacular catch diving in front. Not the right time to lose a wicket. Zimbabwe will feel they are back in the game. Sri Lanka still in need of 134 runs off 114 balls with two set batsmen back in the pavilion. Game on! 157/4
  • 30.5 Muzarabani hits the deck hard on the shorter side, Mathews rocks back and defends from the crease.
  • 30.4 Muzarabani bowls a length delivery outside off, Mathews drives it straight to the mid off fielder.
  • 30.3 Mathews rocks back and defends it off the back foot.
  • 30.2 Muzarabani bangs it short, Chandimal gets the ball past the fine leg area for a single.
  • 30.1 Full delivery outside off, Chandimal drives it to the cover region.
  • 29.6 Chandimal works the ball to mid-wicket for another single. 9 runs off that over. Sensible batting by the two experienced players of Sri Lanka. 156/3
  • 29.5 Dragged short and wide by Cremer. Mathews cuts it to sweeper cover and the batsmen change ends.
  • 29.4 Cremer bowls it quicker on the stumps this time, Chandimal nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 29.3 Mathews pushes it to mid-wicket and gives the strike to his partner.
  • 29.2 Chandimal pushes the flighted delivery to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 29.1 FOUR! Cremer tosses it outside off, Chandimal puts some power behind the reverse sweep as the ball flies above the point area for a boundary. Quite innovative by Chandimal.
  • 28.6 Mathews cuts the short ball to the point region. 147/3
  • 28.5 Muzarabani bowls it full outside off, Chandimal guides the ball to third man and gives his partner the strike.
  • 28.4 Short and wide outside off, Mathews opens the face of the bat and runs the ball to the third man area for a single.
  • 28.3 Muzarabani drags it short, Mathews pulls it to mid-wicket.
  • 28.2 Chandimal nudges the full delivery towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 28.1 Play and a miss. Chandimal goes for the drive to a length delivery outside off, but gets beaten by the pace.
  • 27.6 Floated delivery on the stumps, Mathews hits it straight down the ground to end the over with a brace. At the end of 28 overs, there is nothing much to choose between both the teams. Zimbabwe were also 144-3 at this stage. 144/3
  • 27.5 Cremer bowls it quick outside off, Mathews pushes it to covers.
  • 27.4 Cremer tosses it up on the stumps, Chandimal reverse sweeps it and finds the top edge run over the first slip fielder. The batsmen come through for a single.
  • 27.3 Chandimal gets beaten by the turn on that one. Cremer lands it on a driving length outside off, Chandimal goes for the drive but fails to put bat to it.
  • 27.2 Cremer floats another one outside off, Mathews gets the ball past the cover region for a single.
  • 27.1 Cremer tosses it up outside off, Mathews pushes it to covers.
  • 26.6 Chandimal tries to flick the full delivery on the legs towards mid-wicket but fails to put bat to it. 140/3
  • 26.5 Chandimal does not make use of the Free Hit. Full delivery outside off, Chandimal only manages to find the inside edge to it and the ball rolls to the left of the keeper. Good diving stop by Brendan Taylor.
  • Free Hit on its way...
  • 26.5 Chandimal plays it with the full face of the bat to the cover region. The bowler has overstepped once again. This is the second time he has committed this crime. Landing seems to be an issue for him, he bowled 4 no balls in the last match. Muzarabani needs to get some blessings of Heath Streak.
  • 26.4 Muzarabani bowls a back of a length delivery outside off, Chandimal defends it off the back foot.
  • 26.3 Short and wide outside off, Mathews flat-bats it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 26.2 Mathews nudges the full delivery to the right of the mid-wicket fielder for a brace.
  • 26.1 Mathews punches the short delivery off the back foot to the cover area.
  • Blessing Muzarabani comes back into the attack. He was a tad expensive in his first spell. Let's see if he can provide them with a breakthrough.
  • 25.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 136/3
  • 25.5 Chandimal gets an inside edge onto his pads to a googly by Cremer.
  • 25.4 Mathews drives the tossed up delivery towards the long off area for yet another single.
  • 25.3 Chandimal pushes a flighted delivery to the cover region for a single.
  • 25.2 Floats this one on the legs, Chandimal hits it to the right of the mid on fielder and picks up a brace to open his account. The fielder from deep mid-wicket made a diving stop and saves two runs for his side.
  • 25.1 Tossed up delivery around off stump, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
  • Dinesh Chandimal comes in next.
  • 24.6 OUT! Zimbabwe get third time lucky! Perera was dropped on 57 and 77 but this time he runs out of luck. Raza slows this up in the air and serves a loopy full ball around leg, Perera tries to play the sweep shot but it takes the top edge and flies to short fine leg. Muzarabani stationed there moves swiftly to his left and grabs a smart tumbling catch. Extremely crucial breakthrough for the African side. 159 needed off 150 balls. 132/3
  • 24.5 Goes hard at a full ball and forces it down to long on for a single.
  • 24.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 24.3 Stretches forward and knocks it down to long on for one.
  • 24.2 Plays it with the spin through square leg for a single.
  • 24.1 Driven towards the mid on region. One run added to the total.
  • 23.6 Cremer tosses it up on middle and leg, Perera works it to mid-wicket and calls his partner for a single. 128/2
  • 23.5 Perera nudges it to mid-wicket.
  • 23.4 DROPPED! Yet another life granted to Perera. Cremer gives it some air, Perera hits it straight into the hands of Cremer who misses a sitter. How can you miss that, captain? Perera has luck going his way. Earlier, he was dropped on 57 by Solomon Mire.
  • 23.3 Cremer drags it short and wide, Perera cuts it to the fielder stationed at the point area.
  • 23.2 Perera tries to flick the tossed up delivery towards the mid-wicket region, but misses it and it hits him on his pads.
  • 23.1 Cremer starts by floating it full outside off, Mathews drives it to covers for a single.
  • 22.6 A good delivery to end with. He tosses it up on the middle, Perera gets on the front foot and defends it. 126/2
  • 22.5 Raza floats it on the middle, Mathews leans into the drive to get the ball towards the long on area and the batsmen change ends.
  • 22.4 Mathews cuts a short delivery to the point fielder.
  • 22.3 Perera comes dancing down the track and works it to long on for a single.
  • 22.2 FOUR! Short and asking for trouble. Perera pulls it over the mid-wicket area for a boundary. He is playing a sensible knock, punishing the bad balls and respecting the good ones.
  • 22.1 Raza floats it on the leg side, Perera works it to mid-wicket.
  • 21.6 Mathews works a floated delivery towards the mid-wicket region. 120/2
  • A slip in place.
  • 21.5 Short and outside off by Cremer, Perera cuts it to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 21.4 Cremer tosses it on the legs, Perera plays it to mid-wicket.
  • 21.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 21.2 FOUR BYES! Everyone gets beaten by the delivery. Cremer tosses it up in the line of the stumps, Perera comes dancing down the track to heave it across the line but fails to put bat to it due to the turn on the delivery. The keeper also gets foxed by the amount of spin and it runs down the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 21.1 Cremer bowls it flat and short outside off, Perera punches it to the off side.
  • 20.6 Raza bowls it flat and short outside off. Perera punches it to the sweeper cover region for a single. 115/2
  • 20.5 Raza drags it short, Perera rocks back and punches it to covers.
  • 20.4 Mathews flicks it to square leg for a single.
  • 20.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 20.2 Beaten. What a ball! He tosses it up on middle turning away from Perera. Perera goes for the front foot defense but gets beaten. Raza's eyes would have lightened seeing the turn on that one.
  • 20.1 Tossed up delivery on the legs, Mathews misses the flick and it hits his pads. The ball rolls to the fine leg region and the batsmen change ends.
  • 19.6 The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball. Well bowled over apart from the boundary ball. 111/2
  • 19.5 FOUR! Cuts and cuts hard. Cremer drags it short and wide, Perera smashes the ball past the cover region for a boundary.
  • 19.5 Cremer drags it down the leg side and the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 19.4 Perera punches the shortish delivery to the cover point area.
  • 19.3 Cremer bowls it flat and full outside off. Perera tries to cut that one away but misses it.
  • 19.2 Perera punches it off the back foot to covers.
  • 19.1 Cremer tosses it up on the stumps, and that turned into Perera as he plays it to short fine leg. He did get some turn on that one.
  • Graeme Cremer comes into the attack to bowl some leg spin.
  • 18.6 Mathews fails to flick it off his hips as it hits his pads. 106/2
  • 18.5 Raza bowls it short and wide, Perera cuts it to the left of the point fielder for a single.
  • 18.4 Perera rocks back and punches it off the back foot.
  • 18.3 Perera punches the ball towards the mid off fielder.
  • 18.2 Perera defends it off the front foot showing the full face off the bat.
  • 18.1 Mathews drives it down the ground for a single.
  • Sikandar Raza comes back into the attack. He did give away some runs in his first spell. Can he make a comeback in his second one?
  • The physio is out in the middle. Mathews is down on the ground, looks like he has got some cramps.
  • 17.6 Mathews works it to mid-wicket and calls his partner over for a single. A good over for Sri Lanka. 16 runs came off it. 104/2
  • 17.5 Perera guides a short delivery to third man and the batsmen change ends.
  • 17.4 Mathews flicks it to square leg for a single.
  • 17.3 FOUR! Unlucky, the bowler. He lands it on a good length spot outside off, Mathews edges his drive towards the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 17.2 SIX! A much-needed one for the skipper. He makes full use of the Free Hit ball. Muzarabani bowls it full outside off, Mathews heaves it over the mid-wicket area for a maximum. This will give Mathews some confidence. 50-run partnership comes up between the duo as well.
  • Free Hit coming up...
  • 17.2 Length delivery outside off, Perera nudges it to third man for a single.
  • 17.1 Mathews pulls a short delivery to deep square leg for a single.
  • Drinks are on the field. Perera has his attacking mode still on despite losing two of his partners. Mathews has looked struggling in the middle but slowly he is finding his feet. The Men in Red have looked good on the field apart from the drop catch.
  • 16.6 Perera defends it off the front foot. 88/2
  • 16.5 Chatara hits the deck on the shorter side, Mathews pulls it to fine leg and the batsmen change ends.
  • 16.4 Chatara bangs it short, Mathews gets out of the way in time. Good bowling by Chatara.
  • 16.3 Perera nudges a full delivery on the legs to deep square leg for a single.
  • 16.2 Back of length delivery outside off, Mathews flat-bats it to mid on for a single.
  • 16.2 Wide. Chatara drags a length delivery down the leg side, the umpire calls it a wide.
  • 16.1 Good running by the batsmen. Perera punches the ball to mid off and has his skating boots on for a single.
  • 15.6 Perera rocks back and defends it off the back foot. They steal yet another single. 83/2
  • 15.5 Mathews punches it off the back foot to covers and they sneak a single.
  • 15.4 Perera pushes the ball to the point region and calls his partner for a single.
  • 15.3 Perera goes for the on drive but gets beaten by the movement off the wicket.
  • 15.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 15.1 DROPPED! The plan almost worked for the Men in Red. Muzarabani bowls it short outside off stump, Perera goes for his favorite square cut but it flies straight down to Mire at deep point who drops a sitter. Only time will tell how costly this will prove. As of now, Kusal has got a life and the batsmen change ends.
  • 14.6 Wide delivery way outside off stump and Mathews tries to put that one away but he hits it straight into the hands of the point fielder. 78/2
  • 14.5 Perera nudges it to mid-wicket and the batsmen change ends.
  • 14.4 Full delivery on the leg stump, Perera goes for the flick but misses it. It hits his pads and Chatara goes for the appeal. The umpire remains unmoved.
  • 14.3 Perera punches a length ball outside off to the cover fielder.
  • 14.2 Back of a length delivery on the stumps, Mathews tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 14.1 Length delivery drifting down the leg side, Mathews plays if off his hips to fine leg for a brace.
  • 13.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, Mathews gets back on his back foot and dabs it wide of backward point for a breezy single. 74/2
  • 13.6 Wide! Slips a length ball down the leg side, Mathews tries to flick but misses.
  • 13.5 Gets some runs with a little clip off his pads. It races through square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 13.4 Play and a miss! Pressure mounting. Muzarabani digs in a short ball, around middle and leg, Mathews tries to hook but fails to connect.
  • 13.3 Mathews finding it tough. This time there is some extra bounce from a good length around off, Angelo tries defending but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 13.2 A little short in length around off, Mathews gets on his toes and plays it down to mid-wicket. 19 balls for 3 runs, struggling to get going, the Sri Lankan skipper.
  • 13.1 Perera has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 12.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 69/2
  • 12.5 Length delivery outside off. Mathews times the drive perfectly but straight to the fielder stationed at covers.
  • 12.4 Perera plays it with soft hands to the point region and the batsmen steal a quick single.
  • 12.3 Mathews nudges the back of a length ball to mid-wicket and quickly calls his partner over for a run.
  • 12.2 Perera clips it to the right of short fine leg fielder for a single.
  • 12.1 Back of a length delivery on the stumps, Perera defends it straight back to the bowler.
  • 11.6 Mathews pushes the ball to the cover area. Just one run came off that over. Good start by Muzarabani. 66/2
  • 11.5 Bouncer wide outside off by the bowler. Mathews goes for the hook but misses it.
  • 11.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Mathews inside edges it onto his pads.
  • 11.3 Perera edges a short delivery outside off towards the third man region for a single.
  • 11.2 Swing and a miss. Muzarabani hits the good length spot outside off, Perera looks to slash it hard but misses it.
  • 11.1 Full delivery outside off to begin with, Perera drives it to mid off.
  • Blessing Muzarabani comes into the attack. He is their quickest bowler.Let's see what has he got for us in store.
  • 10.6 Matthews defends it straight to the bowler. 65/2
  • 10.5 Chatara bowls a good length delivery outside off stump, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 10.4 Perera flicks it off his pads towards the leg side for a single.
  • 10.3 Fifty for Perera in no time. He works it off his hips towards the fine leg region to bring up his 9th ODI fifty with a brace. Just another typical Perera fifty we have witnessed. It has come at a good pace.
  • 10.2 Back of a length delivery on the middle stump, Perera punches it to mid on.
  • 10.1 Chatara bowls a length delivery on the leg side, Mathews works it to fine leg for a single.
  • Powerplay 3 signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders are allowed outside the circle.
  • 9.6 Jarvis angles in a good length delivery around off, from round the wicket, Perera plays it from the crease to mid-wicket. 61/2 in the Powerplay for Sri Lanka, a mixed bag start. 61/2
  • 9.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 9.4 But not for long. Jarvis bowls it too straight and Angelo works it to backward square leg for a run.
  • 9.3 Slower delivery, back of a length around leg, Perera taps it in front of square leg and takes a single. Jarvis will be pleased to see Perera go off strike.
  • 9.2 SIX! You can't afford to bowl that line and length to the Jayasuriya clone. He will smash you each and every time. Jarvis serves it short and wide outside off, Perera stands tall inside the crease and slams it over point for a biggie.
  • 9.1 A gentle full length delivery in the line of the stumps, Perera covers the line and defends it with a straight bat. That was an attempted slower one well read by Kusal.
  • 8.6 Chatara bowls it full on the stumps, Mathews defends it by showing the full face off the bat. 53/2
  • 8.5 Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 8.4 Chatara gets some shape on that one. Mathews tries to play it off the front foot but gets beaten by the outswing on that delivery.
  • 8.3 Mathews punches a back of a length delivery to mid off.
  • 8.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Mathews punches it back at the bowler.
  • 8.1 Chatara bangs it short, Perera pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 7.6 The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. 52/2
  • 7.5 NOT OUT! Missing the stumps. Jarvis bowls a back of a length delivery outside off and it jags back in towards the batsman. Mathews fails to put bat to it and it hits him high on his pads. The umpire is not interested in an appeal by the Zimbabwean side. Cremer opts to go for the review. First up, it isn't a no ball. Now, the Ball Tracker shows that the impact is in line, but it's heading over the stumps. The onfield decision stays and Zimbabwe lose their review.
  • Zimbabwe appeal for an LBW decision not given, Third Umpire is being referred for.
  • 7.4 Perera hits it to the left of the mid-wicket fielder and calls his skipper for a single.
  • 7.3 FOUR! Too full and on the leg side, Perera flicks it past the mid-wicket area to register another boundary to his name. He is still in an attacking mode despite losing two of his partners.
  • 7.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.1 Perera goes for the off drive but gets beaten by the shape on the ball.
  • 6.6 Mathews defends that off the back foot. Another successful over for the Men in Red. 47/2
  • Back to leading Sri Lanka again, Angelo Mathews walks out next to bat with his team in an early spot of bother.
  • 6.5 OUT! Mendis gets out without scoring. A huge blow to the Lankans. Chatara bowls a back of a length delivery outside off, Mendis tries to pull that over the leg side region. But he mistimes it to see the ball getting caught by Cremer at mid on who takes a good catch towards his right. The Zimbabwe camp looks very happy.
  • 6.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 6.3 Perera plays it to right of mid-wicket and the batsmen come through for a single.
  • 6.2 Chatara hits the deck hard outside off, Perera rocks back and punches it to the cover region.
  • 6.1 Perera punches it to the point fielder.
  • Tendai Chatara comes into the attack.
  • 5.6 Well bowled by Jarvis. Bowls a length delivery outside off, Mendis goes for the punch but gets beaten by the pace on it. A very well bowled over by the man who is back for them in ODI colors. 46/1
  • 5.5 Mendis drives a full delivery to mid on.
  • Kusal Mendis comes in next.
  • 5.4 OUT! Jarvis draws first blood. Tharanga tries to pull a back of a length delivery over the mid on region but he does not manage to find the middle of the bat. The ball floats to Moor who takes an easy catch at mid on. Upul did not make much use of the life he got in the last over. Zimbabwe are delighted as they needed a wicket to stop the Lankan charge.
  • 5.3 Jarvis bangs it short outside off, Tharanga rocks back and punches it off his back foot.
  • 5.2 Tharanga hits it along the ground to mid off.
  • 5.1 FOUR! Short and asking to be put away. Jarvis bowls a short of a good length delivery on the legs, Tharanga pulls it over the mid-wicket area for a boundary.
  • 4.6 FOUR! Cracking shot by Perera. He rocks on the back foot and punches the ball past the cover region for a boundary. Good end to the over for Sri Lanka. 42/0
  • 4.5 Tharanga lofts it over the cover region and the batsmen come through for three runs. Good running by the duo.
  • 4.4 Ohh, my, my, Tharanga has his luck on. Raza tosses it up on the stumps, Tharanga comes dancing down the track and tries to flick but misses. He gets the inside edge onto his pads and the ball rolls down to hit the leg stump. However, the bails don't dislodge. Taylor gets excited momentarily and forgets to collect the ball. Had he collected it, Tharanga was miles out of his crease.
  • 4.3 Tharanga cuts the short delivery outside off to the point fielder.
  • 4.2 Perera drives it down the ground for a single.
  • 4.1 SIX! Sweet timing on that one to bring up the first maximum of the innings. Raza tosses it up on the stumps, Perera has his dancing shoes on as he steps down the ground to hit it over the long on region for a maximum. What a shot by the little man!
  • 3.6 Jarvis drops it short on the leg side, Tharanga plays it off his hips towards the short fine leg fielder. 28/0
  • 3.5 Play and a miss. Tharanga tries to cut a short length delivery towards the point region. The ball holds its line as Tharanga fails to put any bat to it. That ball had some extra bounce to it.
  • 3.4 Length delivery outside off stump. Tharanga defends it with soft hands as the ball falls short of the first slip fielder.
  • 3.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 3.2 Perera works it off his hips towards the square leg region for a single.
  • 3.1 Jarvis drags it short on the stumps, Perera goes for the pull but only manages to find the bottom edge of the bat.
  • 2.6 Tharanga cuts a short and wide delivery to the point region. 27/0
  • 2.5 Tharanga punches it to the off side off his back foot.
  • 2.4 Tossed up delivery around off, Perera drives it to long off and gives the strike to his partner.
  • 2.3 Perera drives it to long off for a brace.
  • 2.2 Raza drops it a bit short as soon as he sees Perera dancing down the track. Perera defends it getting to the pitch of the ball.
  • 2.1 Perera defends it off the front foot.
  • 1.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. Good delivery to end the over by Jarvis. 24/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! Poor by Jarvis. He drags it short down the leg side, Tharanga clips it off his hips towards the fine leg area to earn himself his first boundary.
  • 1.4 Perera clips it to square leg for a single.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Back to back boundaries to his name once again. Jarvis drags it short and wide, Perera latches onto it and cuts it hard over the point region for a boundary. He wouldn't miss out on loose deliveries. That came off the meat of the bat.
  • 1.2 FOUR! Just the punch of the back foot and the ball races past the point fielder for another boundary. Perera looks to be in some mood.
  • 1.1 Good first delivery to begin with. He bowls it a tad short outside off, Perera tries to punch it away but gets beaten by the bounce on that one.
  • Kyle Jarvis will bowl from other end.
  • 0.6 Tharanga punches it off the back foot towards the cover region. Good first over for the Lankans. 11/0
  • 0.5 Tharanga works it off his hips to short fine leg.
  • 0.4 Perera nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 0.3 Raza tries to cut the delivery which is close to his body. He manages to find the outside edge and it runs down in the vacant third man region. The batsmen pick up a brace.
  • 0.2 FOUR! Raza bowls it wide outside off stump, Perera cuts it hard through the point region for another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for Perera. That is very loose by the bowler.
  • 0.1 FOUR! Poor delivery to start with by Raza. He drags it short outside off and Perera cracks it through the cover region to open the account with a boundary. He wouldn't miss on deliveries like these.
  • The umpires are out in the middle. Upul Tharanga and Kusal Perera will open the innings for Sri Lanka. Sikandar Raza will have the new ball in hand. Let's begin the run chase.



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5313 121
2 South Africa 4484 115
3 Australia 4174 104
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 England 4829 99
6 Sri Lanka 4374 95
Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 7594 122
2 South Africa 6911 117
3 England 6871 116
4 New Zealand 6550 115
5 Australia 6376 112
6 Pakistan 4877 96
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3272 126
2 Australia 2513 126
3 India 3607 120
4 New Zealand 3013 116
5 West Indies 2538 115
6 England 2402 114