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Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe Live Score (ODI)

Date: Sunday, 21 January, 2018 22:10 IST Venue: Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur Match Status: Match Ended

Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets

198/10
Overs
44.0
R/R
4.5
Fours
18
Sixes
0
Extras
23
202/5
Overs
44.5
R/R
4.54
Fours
14
Sixes
4
Extras
7
  • As soon as the scratchy 44-run opening stand was broken, the Lankan Lions kept on chipping away at the wickets. Perera was at his belligerent best and dismantled the top order with his sharp bouncers. He was the standout performer and maintained his intensity throughout to finish with a 4-fer. The spinners were a bit wayward and allowed a few partnerships to build but the opposition still failed to get going on a two-paced surface. Perhaps this is the best chance for the Islanders to put in a clinical display with the bat. Agreed that it is not an easy track to bat on but with a moderate total to chase, some sensible cricket will do the job for them. Will Zimbabwe prove us wrong? Let's find out shortly.
  • A thrilling display of reverse swing bowling from Pradeep has restricted the African side under 200. He came back at the fag end of the innings, took the last three wickets and cleaned the tail up with a needle-like precision. Figures of 8-2-28-3 is a commendable one. Apart from the 66-run stand between Taylor and Waller, it was a rather bland batting display from the Men in Red. Only Taylor was the one who played an innings of substance and scored a crucial fifty. Cremer did play a handy knock down the order but they will be unhappy as they have finished well below-par.
  • 43.6 OUT! Timber! A convincing way to dismantle the No. 11. 3-fer for Pradeep. Full and in line of the stumps, Muzarabani tries to block it tentatively but misses the line completely to get the furniture disturbed behind. ZIMBABWE ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 198!
  • 43.5 Length ball around off, Blessing prods forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 43.4 Back of a length ball, shaping in. Muzarabani makes room to defend it but the ball brushes his thigh pad and carries to the keeper.
  • 43.3 Brilliant bowling! Yorker around off, Muzarabani fails to keep it out.
  • Blessing Muzarabani is the last man in.
  • 43.2 OUT! The leg stump goes for a walk! What a brute of a delivery to get rid of the Zimbabwe skipper. Bowls a length delivery around off, it tails in substantially. Cremer hangs back to keep it out but misses it completely to hear the death rattle. Again beaten for pace. This might have kept a shade low as well. Pradeep is ruling like a king at the moment.
  • 43.1 Around the hips, tucked around the corner for a single.
  • 42.6 Short and wide outside off, placed through point for a single. 197/8
  • 42.5 Ooh... how did that miss the off pole? Chatara again expects a googly but this is the conventional leg spinner. It spins in ever so slightly to go through the gap between the batsman's bat and pads and through to the keeper.
  • 42.4 Good fielding! Wrong one on a shorter length, cut towards Pradeep who dives to his left to make a good stop at cover. Chatara sets off for a run but is rightly sent back as the throw returns to the keeper.
  • 42.3 Fullish delivery on off, Cremer brings out the fancy reverse sweep and sends the ball through the backward point region to pick up a single.
  • 42.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 42.1 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Half tracker from Sandakan, Cremer makes use of the depth of the crease and pulls it through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • 41.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. A terrific over from Pradeep. 191/8
  • 41.5 Reversing in prodigiously, kept out tentatively.
  • 41.4 Another huge shout but paid no heed to! Length delivery, tailing in. Chatara tries to defend it but is hit on the back pad. Pradeep roars in appeal but is again not paid heed to. It might have just missed the leg stump.
  • Tendai Chatara comes out to bat.
  • 41.3 OUT! Bowled 'em! Completely beaten for pace. Pradeep runs in and bowls a fuller length ball in the tight off stump corridor. Jarvis comes forward gingerly to counter it but misses it completely to get his stumps shattered. The sound of the ball hitting the stumps is like music to the ears of a fast bowler. Pradeep gets his first.
  • 41.2 A huge appeal has been turned down! Good length ball on off, angling in substantially and also stays a bit low. Jarvis attempts to block it out but misses to get hit on the pads. Pradeep is confident but the umpire stays put. That was sliding down leg.
  • 41.1 Full and fast, reversing down. Too good for Cremer who fails to keep it out but the ball deflects off his pads towards third man. A leg bye taken.
  • Pradeep is back again to have a crack at the batsmen.
  • 40.6 Floated outside off, Jarvis shuffles across and keeps it out. End of a decent spell from Dananjaya. His figures read 10-0-45-0. 190/7
  • 40.5 Slow through the air, eased off the front foot to mid off.
  • 40.4 Tossed up on off, knocked down to the same region for a single.
  • 40.3 Low full toss around off, bunted down to long on for a run.
  • 40.2 Shorter in length, cut through point for a single.
  • 40.1 Starts off with a leg break on middle, Cremer drives it with the spin to extra cover.
  • Time for Powerplay 3! Maximum of four fielders are now allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.
  • 39.6 Shortish and angling in, pulled through backward square leg for one. 187/7
  • 39.5 Stump to stump line, driven back to Perera.
  • 39.4 Good length delivery just outside off, Cremer tries to force it through the line but gets an inside edge which rolls down towards fine leg for a couple of runs.
  • 39.3 Top edge but safe! Short and climbing off the surface, Cremer looks to pull but gets a top edge instead. The ball flies over the keeper and Tharanga from fine leg covers good ground to his right and stops it with his right boot.
  • 39.2 FOUR! Booming shot! Fractionally short on middle, Cremer stays put inside the crease and pummels it in front of square on the leg side for a boundary.
  • 39.1 Good length delivery, angling in, tucked with the angle towards short mid-wicket.
  • 38.6 Goes back to this short ball outside off and punches it down towards long off for a couple. 178/7
  • 38.5 The batsman has driven it through mid on. They pick up a single.
  • 38.4 Around middle and leg, worked through square leg for a single.
  • 38.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 38.2 Loopy leg break outside off, Jarvis punches it off the back foot towards cover-point for a single.
  • 38.1 Floats it up around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • Dananjaya returns for his final spell.
  • 37.6 Cremer drives it straight to the fielder at mid off. 172/7
  • 37.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 37.5 Wide! Hits the deck hard, good bounce but it's too high.
  • Kyle Jarvis walks out to bat next.
  • 37.4 OUT! In the air... taken! Taylor walks back after a vital knock. Perera provides the breakthrough again! He is absolutely delighted and lets out a huge roar. Bangs in a short delivery, a well-directed one. Taylor steps out of the crease to help-pull this over the leg side but Perera gets some lift off the surface which induces the top edge. The ball flies right down the throat of Tharanga at fine leg. He dropped one earlier but takes it this time. Can Perera pick up a 5-fer?
  • 37.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, guided towards the right of the point fielder.
  • 37.2 Just a stride forward from Taylor as he pushes this full ball back to Thisara.
  • 37.1 Good length delivery on off, it comes slowly off the surface as Cremer prods forward in defense. Ekes out an thick inside edge on the pads. A stifled appeal which is instantly turned down.
  • Change of ends for Thisara Perera.
  • 36.6 Length delivery on middle and leg, tucked in front of square on the leg side for a run. 171/6
  • 36.5 Fuller delivery on the stumps, driven down to wide long on for a single.
  • 36.4 Full toss, dipping in on middle and leg, drilled down to long on for an easy single.
  • 36.3 Tossed up on off, wristed by getting across towards the leg side.
  • 36.2 Shuffles across and clips it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 36.1 Begins with a flighted delivery around off, bunted back to the bowler.
  • Asela Gunaratne comes into the attack. The 6th bowling option. He is good at bowling the cutters and could be dangerous on this surface.
  • 35.6 Touch short on the stumps, punched down to long on to keep strike. 167/6
  • 35.5 Taylor shimmies down the track and eases it down to long on for a single.
  • 35.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 35.3 Gives it a nice loop, but it's a bit too full on the stumps, GC sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 35.2 Bowls a loopy leg break, turning away, Cremer crouches low and dabs it towards backward point.
  • 35.1 Flighted ball around off, pushed back to Dananjaya.
  • 34.6 Leg bye! Fuller and straying a bit on the pads, the Zimbabwe skipper tries to help it on its way but the ball brushes the pads and goes on the bounce to the keeper who fails to stop it. 164/6
  • 34.5 Follows up the short ball with a lovely yorker! Fuller and tailing back in, Cremer jams it out to mid off.
  • 34.4 That must have hurt! Cremer throws his bat and rings his fingers in pain! Another short ball, properly executed. Cremer looks to turn it away on the leg side but this one bounces a touch extra, hits him flush on the right glove.
  • 34.3 Not in control but Cremer won't mind! Short and angling in on the body, Graeme gets across to pull but it's more of a fend down to fine leg. Gets a brace.
  • 34.2 Hurls it on a shorter length and this one comes back in from outside off, Cremer looks to cut but is beaten on the inside.
  • 34.1 Starts his new spell with a slower length ball on middle, flicked uppishly through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Double change as Thisara Perera comes back to bowl. He has been really good so far. Can he strike again?
  • 33.6 Taylor leans across and wrists it with the turn through the on side to keep strike. 160/6
  • 33.5 Takes a stride forward and bunts it back to Akila.
  • 33.4 Comes down the track and nearly yorks himself, ends up jamming it out towards square leg off the inner half for a single.
  • 33.3 Loopy delivery on the pads, worked away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 33.2 Gets down and across and paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 33.1 Floats it up around middle and off, flicked with the turn towards square leg.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back into the attack.
  • 32.6 Goes around the wicket and drops it short on off, Cremer chops it in front of point and calls through for a single to keep strike. 156/6
  • 32.5 What was that? Fuller around middle, Brendan shapes up for the reverse sweep at first but then at the last moment paddles it down to long leg for a single.
  • 32.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 32.3 Quicker one outside off, dabbed towards backward point for one.
  • 32.2 Drops it short on middle, pulled towards mid-wicket where the fielder dives to his left to stop it.
  • 32.1 FOUR! Nailed it! Sandakan serves a loopy delivery around middle, Cremer sinks down on one knee and sweeps it cleanly to send it across the backward square leg fence for a boundary to start the over.
  • 31.6 Bangs in a short one outside off, Taylor sways away from the line as he drops his wrists. 149/6
  • 31.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, blocked off the back foot.
  • 31.4 FOUR! Easy peasy for Taylor! Pradeep goes for the yorker but ends up bowling it very full and down the leg side. All Taylor had to do was to get some bat on it. He moves inside the line and does so neatly to pick up a boundary towards fine leg. Raises the bat in acknowledgement as he reaches his 33rd ODI fifty.
  • 31.3 Shortish and outside off this time, Brendan hops and defends it with an angled bat towards the right of the keeper. He wants the run but is sent back by his captain at the right time.
  • 31.2 Good short delivery from Pradeep, it keeps climbing as Taylor half ducks under it. It takes his arm and lobs safely towards square leg.
  • 31.1 Good length delivery, just outside the off stump line, a solid front foot defense from Taylor.
  • 30.6 Bowls the googly, Cremer comes forward to defend but the ball turns away to beat him all ends up. 145/6
  • 30.5 Spinning down leg, worked off the back foot towards the square leg fielder.
  • 30.4 Darted around the pads, tickled away towards square leg for a single.
  • 30.3 Around middle and leg, flicked through the on side for a single.
  • 30.2 Quicker through the air around middle and off, defended gently.
  • 30.1 Taylor wrists it towards mid-wicket and scampers through for a quick single.
  • 29.6 Fullish ball on middle, turned through mid-wicket for a run. End of a productive over for Pradeep. 142/6
  • 29.5 Hangs back and tucks this one through square leg for a run.
  • Graeme Cremer strides out to bat.
  • 29.4 OUT! Wickets in quick succession for Sri Lanka! Terrible mix-up and it results in a suicidal run out. Good game awareness from Mendis. Shortish ball attacking the rib-cage area of the batsman. Taylor hops and fends it behind square leg to set off for a run. The man from the deep is charging in but Kusal realizes that he can reach there more quickly. Sprints after it as Taylor calls his partner through for the second run. However, Moor is sent back by the wicket-keeper batsman quite late and that proves to be quite fatal. The throw is a flat and accurate one to Dickwella who takes the bails off as Moor dives to get back in. Seems to be short and the square leg umpire refers it upstairs. The replays confirm that the batsman is well short. Good passage of play for the Lankan Lions. The African side is under a lot of pressure now.
  • Mix-up and Sri Lanka are really confident. Dickwella has whipped the bails off and a run out appeal against Moor is taken upstairs. Looks to be a goner!
  • 29.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 29.2 Fullish ball around off, Taylor lunges forward in defense.
  • 29.1 Huge appeal but denied! Good length ball on off, angling in. Taylor hops to defend it but wears it on the thigh pad. Pradeep appeals but it is too high.
  • Peter Moor comes out to bat.
  • 28.6 OUT! Got him, gone! Sandakan gets his second wicket. He has been a bit wayward but gets this one right. Slows it down appreciably, bowls it at 73.9 kph outside off. Waller kneels to employ the big sweep across the line but seems to have got a faint nick. Dickwella takes a good low catch and roars in appeal. Up goes the umpire's finger. The replays confirm that there was a bottom edge. The 66-run stand is broken. Half of the Zimbabwe side is back in the hut. 139/5
  • 28.5 Beaten! Slips in the googly on a fullish length, Waller tries to go inside out over covers but misses.
  • 28.4 Shortish delivery around off, kept out with a hop.
  • 28.3 Googly outside off, Malcolm reads it well and cuts it with the spin through backward point for a brace.
  • 28.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 28.1 Fullish ball, eased to mid on for a run.
  • 27.6 Short delivery, ducked under by Waller. 136/4
  • 27.5 Good length ball on middle, Waller kneels and tries to flat-bat it but mistimes it uppishly towards mid on.
  • 27.4 FOUR! Runs are flowing now! Waller takes a middle stump guard this time and gets one in his arc. He clips it past the keeper and the ball races to the fine leg fence.
  • 27.3 Back of a length on off, tapped with an open bat face to point.
  • 27.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 27.2 Wide! Bouncer but it takes off really, Waller drops his wrists to let it be. Wide signaled for height.
  • 27.1 Fullish delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • Pradeep is back on.
  • 26.6 FOUR! Shot! Down the leg side, Taylor paddle sweeps it past the keeper and to the fine leg fence. 131/4
  • 26.6 Wide! A stumping chance missed? Down the leg side, Taylor crouches to play the sweep but misses. Dickwella collects it but doesn't take the bails off. Taylor's back leg had lifted for a while but he got it back on time.
  • 26.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. They pick up a single.
  • 26.4 Goes for the sweep but misses. Dickwella collects it nicely to his left.
  • 26.3 Wrong one from Sandakan. Waller is foxed by it as the ball whizzes past his outside edge and Dickwella takes the bails off in a flash. Appeals but the batsman's back foot was in the crease.
  • 26.2 Tossed up on middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 26.1 The batsman has swept that one through the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • Chandimal has a serious look on his face. Conveys to his teammates that they need to be on their toes. The fielding has been shoddy and a couple of easy catches has gone down. Can't afford to relax. If you give the opposition a sniff, you may regret it later.
  • 25.6 Fullish delivery, eased off the front foot to mid on. 123/4
  • 25.5 Dropped and a Four! Shoddy stuff! How costly will this prove? Slow through the air, Taylor slog sweeps it towards deep square leg. Kusal Perera who is placed a bit up from the ropes doesn't judge it properly. Doesn't go back and tries to catch the ball with a leap but fails and the ball rolls through to the fence on the bounce. Roshan Abeysinghe shouts on air, very poor effort! Also, 50-run stand comes up between the two.
  • 25.4 Tossed up delivery, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • 25.3 Quick and flat outside off, kept out watchfully.
  • 25.2 The batsman has played it to the point region. They pick up a single.
  • 25.1 FOUR! Hit with authority! Tossed up around off, spinning in. Waller extends his arms and lofts it against the spin over mid off for a boundary. An element of risk involved in that shot but he got away with it.
  • 24.6 A loud appeal for an LBW is turned down! Full delivery on off, Taylor kneels and tries to employ the reverse sweep but seems to have got an inside edge onto his pads. Sandakan and Dickwella roar in an appeal but the umpire stays put. Chandimal doesn't go for the review. The replays show there was a clear inside edge. 114/4
  • 24.5 Quicker one outside off, crunched off the back foot to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 24.4 Fullish on off, broomed away to deep square leg for a run.
  • 24.4 Wide! Drifts this one down the leg side, Taylor misses out on the glance.
  • 24.3 Brendan goes for the fancy reverse sweep but finds the backward point fielder.
  • 24.2 FOUR! Shot! Sandakan bowls the wrong one but it is on the shorter side. Ample time for Taylor to read it. He rocks back and crashes it through point to find the fence.
  • 24.1 Kneels and sweeps it all along the ground to fine leg for a run.
  • 23.6 The wrong one on leg stump, kept out towards square leg. 106/4
  • 23.5 Drops this one to cover and takes a swift single.
  • 23.4 Shorter in length, punched down to long on for a run.
  • 23.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 23.2 Good commitment! Tossed up around off, Taylor heaves it over wide mid on. Gunathilaka (sub) in the deep sprints to his right, dives full length and makes a great stop. Saves a couple for his side.
  • 23.1 Fullish delivery, drilled but straight to the man at mid off.
  • 22.6 Flat and quick, Waller goes for the cut but gets beaten. 102/4
  • 22.5 Leans across and paddles it past the keeper. Good anticipation shown by the slip fielder as he hares after it and keeps the batsmen down to a single.
  • 22.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 22.3 Well played! Slow through the air on off, Taylor kneels and paddle sweeps it towards fine leg for a brace. 100 up for Zimbabwe.
  • 22.2 Spinning into Taylor who leans ahead and turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 22.1 Too full, down the leg side, swept around the corner for a single.
  • 21.6 Nervy! Fullish ball on middle, Taylor shapes to play the paddle sweep but toe ends it down the track. Tidy over from Dananjaya. 98/4
  • 21.5 Low full toss on middle and leg, Taylor makes room and pushes it to mid off.
  • 21.4 Fullish ball on middle, clipped with the turn towards mid-wicket where the fielder dives to his left to make a good stop.
  • 21.3 A bit quicker on off, Waller is very confident of executing his sweep shot. Hits it to deep backward square leg to rotate strike.
  • 21.2 Waits for the ball to turn into him and works it to deep mid-wicket for an easy single.
  • 21.1 Floated outside off, tapped to extra cover for a single.
  • Akila Dananjaya is back on. A leg slip in place for him.
  • 20.6 Shorter in length outside off, played with soft hands to the vacant point region for a single. 95/4
  • 20.5 Slow through the air on off, broomed away behind square leg for a single.
  • 20.4 Hangs deep in the crease and defends this one besides the pitch on the leg side.
  • 20.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 20.2 A high risk shot where there is so much of spin on offer. Fullish ball on off, Waller sweeps it behind square leg for a run.
  • 20.1 Tossed up on off, turned through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 19.6 Opens the face of the bat and runs it down towards third man for a single. 91/4
  • 19.5 Almost another one! Lakmal with a well-directed short ball, it keeps climbing and gets bigger on Taylor who takes his eyes off the ball while fending it away. Gets it off the gloves and it lobs towards square leg where Gunathilaka (sub) comes running in, dives forward to take it but the ball falls just short of him.
  • 19.4 Fuller on off, Brendan presses forward and drives it towards short cover.
  • 19.3 Hangs back to this length delivery and defends it down.
  • 19.2 Shortish ball, kicking off the surface, Taylor hops and fends it back on the track.
  • 19.1 FOUR! Delightful stroke! Lakmal overcooks it by a margin, Taylor leans forward and caresses it straight back down the ground through mid on to pick up a boundary. Textbook stuff, really.
  • 18.6 Waller rocks back and punches it back to Lakshan. 86/4
  • 18.5 Flatter one outside off, tapped in front of cover for a quick single.
  • 18.5 Wide! The ball is way down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it. The umpire has signalled a wide.
  • 18.4 Lunges forward and defends it down into the ground.
  • 18.3 FOUR! Nicely done! Gets across to a loopy ball around middle and leg, Taylor paddle sweeps it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 18.2 Tossed up outside off broomed down to fine leg for a single.
  • 18.1 Brisk single! Floated delivery around middle and leg, Taylor wrists it towards Chandimal at short mid-wicket and sets off. The Lankan skipper fires a throw to the keeper who takes the bails off but Waller was safely in.
  • 17.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 78/4
  • 17.5 Stays back to this length ball and defends it down.
  • 17.4 Waller pushes this full ball towards the mid off fielder.
  • 17.3 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 17.2 Dropped by Tharanga! Catches don't come that easy! Lakmal can't believe this. Fuller in length and angling in on the pads, Waller gets across and clips it straight towards backward square leg where Tharanga goes at it with both the hands but the ball pops out. He then tries to take it again but fails to hold on. A single taken. Can Malcolm make this one count?
  • 17.1 NOT OUT! Big inside edge! The on-field call has to be overturned! Lakmal keeps it on a fuller length and it jags back in to ping Waller on the pads right in front of the stumps. Suranga turns back to appeal and umpire Bruce Oxenford raises his finger. Waller immediately takes the review and the first look is enough to change the decision as there is a thick inside edge.
  • Another one gone? Lakmal traps Waller in front of the stumps and the umpire raises his finger. But the batsman is confident and opts to review. Is there an inside edge?
  • Suranga Lakmal is back on.
  • 16.6 Flattish around off, pushed towards point for a single. Another fruitful over. 76/4
  • 16.6 Wide! Bowls a wrong one but it is spinning further down the leg side, Waller doesn't read it.
  • 16.5 Stays back to this flatter ball and shows a straight bat.
  • 16.5 Wide! Spinning down leg, Waller moves inside the line and lets it be.
  • Malcolm Waller is the new man in!
  • 16.4 OUT! Oh my lord! Kusal Mendis with an absolute stunner here! Sikandar Raza is down on his haunches in disbelief! Zimbabwe in tatters now as they lose their mainstay! Sandakan floats it up outside off, Raza gets down on one knee and nails the slog sweep. The ball was traveling off the meat but wait... Kusal Mendis stationed at square leg comes in between. He times his leap to perfection to snatch a mind-boggling catch. At first it seemed like the ball popped out of his hands but nope it didn't. Phew! Superb reflexes!
  • 16.3 Flighted ball around off, defended off the front foot watchfully.
  • 16.2 Gets into the position early and reverse sweeps it towards backward point for a single.
  • 16.1 Starts off with a flatter one down the leg side, Taylor works it fine down the leg side and scampers across for a brace.
  • Lakshan Sandakan comes on to bowl.
  • 15.6 Extra bounce this time! Gets bigger from the length and Raza looks to keep it out with soft hands. Doesn't account for the extra bounce and has to take his bottom hand off while defending it. 70/3
  • 15.5 Another one on a shorter length, SR arches back to let it sail over him to the keeper.
  • 15.5 Wide! Bangs in a short one on middle and leg, Raza is quick to duck under it. It's called as a wide as it was way over the batsman's head.
  • 15.4 FOUR! All about timing! Back of a length ball outside off, Raza stands tall and thumps it on the up through extra cover. Amazing timing on that one as the ball whistles away to the fence.
  • 15.3 Veering in on the pads, Brendan shuffles across and works it fine down the leg side for a single.
  • 15.2 Good length delivery on middle and leg, tucked towards the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 15.1 Perera with his tail up comes steaming in and attacks the stumps, Taylor keeps his bat close to the pad to block it out.
  • Drinks are on the field. A good start for Sri Lanka, something that their fans badly wished for. Their pacers were a bit wayward at the start but soon found their rhythm to stem the run-flow. They didn't let the openers off the hook and then it was Perera who made merry on this two-paced track. He took all the three wickets to fall while Dananjaya is getting good amount of purchase. Zimababwe's hopes shall be pinned on the man who has just walked in - Sikandar Raza. Can he bail his side out of the early jitter? Remains to be seen...
  • 14.6 Flighted delivery around middle and leg, pushed towards mid on. 64/3
  • 14.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 14.5 Wide! Spinning down leg, Taylor gets across to play the paddle sweep but misses. A good take by Dickwella behind.
  • 14.4 Leans across and nudges it with the spin through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 14.3 FOUR! That is sloppy from Pradeep! The pressure was building on Zimbabwe and this will just help their cause! Raza dances down to this tossed up delivery and eases the drive towards mid off where Pradeep dives all over it to let it through for a boundary. Breaking the shackles as one would call it. What should've been one, turns out to be a boundary.
  • 14.2 Leans forward and kills it into the ground.
  • 14.1 Flatter one on the stumps, turned towards square leg off the back foot for one.
  • 13.6 Back of a length delivery, in the corridor outside off, Raza walks across the stumps and makes an assured leave. Another cracking over from Thisara. 56/3
  • 13.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 13.4 Welcome to the crease says Perera! Hits the deck hard and it zips off the surface, Sikandar hops to fend it away but takes his eyes off. The ball hits the gloves and dies down safely in the vacant short leg region.
  • The man in form, Sikandar Raza is out next. He has steadied the ship on a number of occasions but now he has to deliver as his side is in a bit of bother.
  • 13.3 OUT! Perera with a 3-fer! He is having a ball out there! Got smashed for a boundary on the previous ball and takes his revenge on the very next ball. Pounds in a well-directed short ball on middle and leg and cramps Mire for room. Solomon swivels to pull but is in no position to play that shot. Gets it off the gloves and the ball lobs up towards the left of Dickwella who accepts the sitter. Zimbabwe in some trouble now.
  • 13.2 FOUR! That's murdered! He was waiting to get one in the slot! Perera dishes out a length ball on the stumps, Mire clears the front leg and bludgeons it with a horizontal bat through mid-wicket for a boundary. A much-needed one.
  • 13.1 Back of a length delivery on off, defended off the front foot solidly.
  • 12.6 Takes a stride forward and works it with the turn towards mid on. A testing over from Dananjaya. 52/2
  • 12.5 Tossed up ball around middle and off, swept towards backward square leg for a single.
  • 12.4 And again! Flighted delivery, landed outside off, Brendan gets down to play the sweep but gets it off the pads down to fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 12.3 Goes down to sweep it away but misses to wear it on the pads.
  • 12.2 A huge shout for an LBW! Not given! Tosses it up around off, turning in after pitching. Taylor gets across to flick it away but misses and is hit on the pads. A loud appeal follows but the umpire pays no heed. Maybe, the impact as outside the line.
  • 12.1 Good work from the man at short leg! Turning back in from outside off, Taylor tucks it off the back foot towards backward short leg who collects and flicks the ball back onto the stumps. However, Taylor was well in.
  • 11.6 Just short on middle, tucked towards the fielder at short mid-wicket. Just 2 runs and a wicket off it. 50/2
  • 11.5 Fuller delivery, angling in on middle, Taylor looks to turn it away but the bat turns in his hands and he ends up wristing it towards short mid-wicket for a single. 50 up for Zimbabwe!
  • Brendan Taylor is the next man in.
  • 11.4 OUT! Edged and a good grab from Tharanga! These two were involved in the wicket of Masakadza and they are at it again. Ahead of a length and served a bit wider outside off, Ervine with no foot movement goes fishing at it. The ball seams away, takes the outside edge and flies low towards wide first slip where Upul pulls it off with a dive forward. Sri Lanka have been on the money today and credit to Chandimal for being aggressive here and keeping a slip.
  • 11.3 Fuller and angling in on the pads, worked wide of the man at mid on. Danushka Gunathilaka (sub) moves across to his right and makes a diving stop to restrict them to a single.
  • 11.2 On a back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot towards the cover-point fielder this time.
  • 11.1 Fuller in length and just outside off, Mire prods forward and pushes it with soft hands towards point.
  • 10.6 Flatter one on middle and off, Ervine camps back and punches it through the gap at extra cover to pick up a couple. 48/1
  • 10.5 Darts it on the stumps, wristed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 10.4 Loopy delivery, landing full outside off, blocked gently.
  • 10.3 Slower through the air around middle, turning away a touch, Ervine goes back to defend but gets it off the edge past the slip fielder.
  • 10.2 Goes back and turns it towards square leg for a single.
  • 10.1 Tosses up around middle and leg, defended off the front foot back to the bowler.
  • 10.1 Wide! Starts off with a loosener! Flatter one down the leg side, Mire doesn't play at it.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders are now allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over. Also, Craig Ervine is the new man in. Akila Dananjaya is brought into the attack as well.
  • 9.6 OUT! Wicket on the last ball of Powerplay 1! The Islanders have grabbed the big fish. On a two-paced track, Perera can be dangerous with his subtle variations and he is already showing signs of flourishing. Steams in and hits the deck hard. The ball stops a bit on Masakadza but he still goes for a full-blooded pull shot. However, he only manages to top edge it and the ball lobs towards mid-wicket. Tharanga in that region runs back and accepts the dolly gleefully. Sri Lanka have finally broken the opening stand. Some good disciplined bowling has brought in the reward. 44/1
  • 9.5 Shortish ball in line of the stumps, kept out with a hop towards mid-wicket.
  • Pradeep is in some discomfort and is holding his knee. The physio comes out and attends him. He is walking off now. Hopefully, he will be alright.
  • 9.4 In the air... but safe! Length delivery around off, Masakadza shuffles a bit and walks down the track to manufacture something. Isn't quite to the pitch of the ball and ends up chipping it over mid on. Pradeep backtracks, runs hard but fails to reach the ball and it lands down safely. Tumbles over as he falls on the ground. Landed heavily there. A couple taken.
  • 9.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 9.2 Pitched up delivery on off, punched on the up to mid off for a run.
  • 9.1 Short of a length ball, nipping in, answered with a straight bat.
  • 8.6 Brilliant work in the deep! Lakmal hits the deck hard, Mire connects nicely with his pull shot this time to get it through square leg. Dananjaya runs across to his right, keeps his eyes on the ball and collects it on the bounce. A run taken. That one was traveling, sharp stuff from the spinner. 41/0
  • 8.5 Tight run! Back of a length outside off, Masakadza forces it towards extra cover and sets off. Chandimal aims to hit the bull's eye at the bowler's end but misses. The replays show that the batsman would have been safe even if that hit.
  • 8.4 Beaten! Scrambled seam length delivery outside off, stays low. Masakadza tries to play with a horizontal bat but gets foxed by the lack of bounce and pace on it.
  • 8.3 Another false shot! Short ball around off, Mire goes for a full-fledged pull but mistimes it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 8.2 Good fielding! Short of a length ball and room on offer, Masakadza cuts it hard but Gunaratne at point dives full length to his right to make a partial stop. Keeps the batsmen down to a single.
  • 8.1 Length delivery in that tight off stump channel, Hamilton shuffles across and wrists it towards mid on.
  • 7.6 FOUR! This is a release shot for Mire! Will make him feel much better. Fractionally overpitched on off, Mire leans into it and caresses it down the ground for a majestic boundary. All about timing and grace. 37/0
  • 7.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 7.4 Good length ball on middle, defended stoutly off the back foot. Pressure is building on Mire. He is failing to rotate the strike early.
  • 7.3 Full length ball around off, angling in. Mire strides forward and presents a water-tight defense towards mid off.
  • 7.2 Once again it's on a length outside off, punched straight to the man at extra cover.
  • 7.1 Starts off with a length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover for a single.
  • First change of the day as Thisara Perera comes into the attack. He will be really good on this surface with his cutters...
  • 6.6 Low full toss, dipping in, punched down towards mid on for nothing. 32/0
  • 6.5 On the back of a length and outside off, Hamilton stands tall and with an angled blade he runs it down to third man for a single.
  • 6.4 Much better from Mire! He guides a length ball through backward point and crosses for a single.
  • 6.3 Beaten again! Another moral victory for Lakmal! On a length and in the channel on off, Mire once again swings across the line only to connect with thin air. A puff of dust was seen when the ball landed.
  • 6.2 Beaten! Hurls it on off, it nips back in a shade, Solomon stays rooted inside the crease and has a swing across the line only to get beaten.
  • 6.1 Lakmal keeps it full on off, Mire defends it solidly off the front foot back to the bowler.
  • 5.6 Similar length ball outside off, played with soft hands to backward point. 30/0
  • 5.5 FOUR! Sri Lanka have gone on the defensive pretty early! Masakadza flashes and flashes hard. Shortish and some width to work with, Masakadza throws his bat at it but gets a thick outside edge past the vacant slip region to pick up a boundary.
  • 5.4 Sharp short delivery, Hamilton sways away from the line to evade it.
  • 5.3 On a length on off, angling in initially and straightens a fraction bit after landing. Hamilton takes his bottom hand off and stonewalls it.
  • Slip comes out and there is an extra protection at short mid-wicket.
  • 5.2 Back of a length and room on offer, placed past backward point for a single.
  • 5.1 Good length ball on off, kept out watchfully.
  • 4.6 Good comeback from Lakmal! In the blockhole around off, Masakadza is alert to it and jams it out. 25/0
  • 4.5 FOUR! Brilliant batting from Masakadza! He knew that fine leg has come inside the circle and he picks his spot to perfection. Shuffles across to the length ball, kneels and paddle scoops it over the man at 45 to find the fence.
  • Fine leg comes inside the circle.
  • 4.4 Masakadza comes a couple of steps down the track and on spotting that, Lakmal drags his length back. The batsman covers the line and defends it.
  • 4.3 Back of a length outside off, shoots off after pitching. Hamilton hops and does well to block it.
  • 4.2 Shortish delivery well outside off, played with an angled bat to backward point.
  • 4.1 Fuller in length around off, Hamilton shuffles a touch and taps it to mid on.
  • 3.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 21/0
  • 3.5 Short of a length ball on off, not that short to swipe it across the line. Mire misses it and gets struck on the thigh pad.
  • 3.4 Beaten! Good length ball in the avenue of apprehension, angling in and staying low as well. Mire is unsure of his foot work. Hangs back to defend it but the ball passes under his bat and rolls to the keeper.
  • 3.3 Full length ball around off, driven off the front foot to mid off.
  • 3.2 Pace and bounce on this occasion! Back of a length outside off, extra bounce there. Mire goes for a slash but misses.
  • 3.1 Four Leg byes! So many balls have been bowled down the leg side and they are paying the price for it. Full on the pads, Mire misses out on his flick. The ball brushes his pads, beats the keeper and runs down to the fine leg fence.
  • There is an issue with the shape of the ball. Strange as it is very early in the game. The umpire passes it through the 8-shaped gauge and feels that it is good to continue.
  • 2.6 A mistimed shot! Back of a length ball on off, Hamilton tries to force it through the covers but gets it off the inner half to mid on. Run-scoring won't be an easy task on this track. 17/0
  • 2.5 Shoddy stuff from Sri Lanka! Fullish ball on middle and leg, clipped to mid-wicket where the fielder fumbles and concedes a run.
  • 2.4 Again erring on the pads, a good length ball this time. Nudged away to square leg to rotate strike.
  • 2.3 Back of a length ball on middle, Masakadza hangs back and defends it stoutly down the track.
  • 2.2 Fullish delivery, angling in, Hamilton comes forward and blocks it nicely.
  • 2.1 Ball hits the batsman low on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. Leg byes given by the umpire.
  • 1.6 Full delivery on off, Hamilton drills it but Pradeep does well to stop it in his followthrough. Good over for Zimbabwe, 10 from it. 14/0
  • 1.6 Five Wides! The pitch is certainly two-paced. Pradeep hits the deck hard and generates substantial bounce. Masakadza ducks under it awkwardly. It is down the leg side and a leap from Dickwella is not good enough. The ball rolls to the fence behind. Bonus runs for the African side.
  • 1.5 FOUR! Easy pickings! Bowled with a scrambled seam on middle and leg, Masakadza is very strong in that area. Clips it nonchalantly through wide mid on for a glorious boundary.
  • 1.4 That one took off a bit! Back of a length ball around off, a bit of extra bounce on that. Hamilton keeps it out towards backward point by taking his bottom hand off.
  • 1.3 Mire opens his account as well! Short of a length on middle, wristed towards wide mid on to rotate strike.
  • 1.2 Good bowling! Fullish delivery around off, angling in. Mire tries to defend it gingerly but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 1.1 On a driveable length around off, Mire doesn't fall for the bait and strides forward to keep it out.
  • Nuwan Pradeep to bowl with the second new ball from the other end. A couple of slips in place.
  • 0.6 Fullish on middle and leg, tucked to mid-wicket for a a swift run. 4/0
  • 0.5 Lakmal is wayward once again. Fullish and straying on the pads, tickled past the keeper for a brace.
  • 0.4 Fraction straight this time, nudged off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 0.3 Zimbabwe are away! This is only the first over of the game and the pitch is already showing signs of lacking pace and bounce. Good length ball in the probing off stump channel, Masakadza goes deep in the crease to deal with it but is surprised by the low bounce. Manages to tuck it somehow to deep backward square leg for a singe.
  • 0.2 Similar length ball, angling in, Hamilton hops and tries to work it away but is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a length delivery on middle and leg, Masakadza rises on his toes and turns it to the man at square leg.
  • We are set to get underway. The players and umpires have made their way out to the middle. The two Zimbabwe openers are Hamilton Masakadza and Solomon Mire. It shall be Suranga Lakmal to start off with the bowling proceedings. Two slips in place. Here we go...
  • Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal says that they wanted to bat first but the toss is not in control. Feels that they have a game plan in place for this one. States that the surface was a bit up and down in the second half of the game against Bangladesh. Also credits the opposition for bowling well. Informs there is one change. Lakshan Sandakan comes in for Wanindu Hasaranga.
  • Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer, says that they are going bat. Mentions that as seen in the last two games, it gets tougher to bat in the evening. States that they are confident but they need to start afresh. Praises Sikandar Raza for contributing so much and being a huge asset. Informs that they are playing with the same eleven.
  • TOSS - Zimbabwe win the toss and opt to bat.
  • PITCH REPORT - Athar Ali Khan doing the pitch report says that this is a new pitch. Credits the curator for this surface. Mentions it looks like a good batting wicket and there are hardly any cracks. States that the bowlers need to stick to disciplined lines and lengths or else the batsmen will make merry.
  • Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are in good shape. A win in this game will see them booking a berth in the final. That is enough motivation for the African side to come out with an intent to fire on all cylinders. Sikandar Raza has been the star performer for them and the Men in Red will bank on him to leave a lasting impression once again. Will Zimbabwe put in another memorable performance? Or will the Lankan Lions prove their mettle to stay afloat in the tournament? Toss coming up in a bit...
  • Hello and a warm welcome for the 4th match of the Tri-Nation Series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Dhaka. After having a dismal time in the ODIs in 2017, the Islanders haven't shown any signs of improvement. Lack of discipline, recklessness of youth, not reading the game scenario properly - these are some of the factors that have contributed to their downfall. Even the tenth-ranked ODI side is getting the better of the Lankan Lions as was evident when these two met last. Thisara Perera has said in an interview that coach can't do miracles, Sri Lanka have to step up. That is the medicine that they need to heal themselves.
  • Right then. The tri-nation series has opened up again thanks to Sri Lanka for clawing their way back with a win. We have two games left before the final and both these sides have to face Bangladesh. Not only do they have to come out on top but have to do so with a good net run rate. It's going to be a cracker now. The next match will take place between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on 23rd January, 2018. Join us at 1200 Local (0600 GMT) to catch all the action. Until next time, goodbye and cheers!
  • Man of the Match, Thisara Perera says that he is proud of his performance. Credits their bowlers for keeping Zimbabwe to a moderate total which made it easier for them to chase it down. Praises Pradeep and Lakmal for doing well. Adds that even though Pradeep had an injury, he gave his best. Ends by saying that he is a hard-hitting batsman and enjoys his game.
  • Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal is really elated with the win. States it was a tough wicket to bat on. Credits his bowlers for doing a superb job. Further adds Perera and Mendis set the tone for them. Informs he just tried to bat as long as possible and not put much pressure on the lower middle order. Is happy to be on the right side of the result today. Continues saying the pressure is always there on every team. Admits Zimbabwe have done well against them in the past and they need to play to their potential. Hopes that they can continue in the same vein from hereon.
  • Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer starts by talking about the wicket. Says it looked exactly the same as the last one but played a lot differently today. Accepts that run-scoring wasn't an easy task and they were easily 30-odd runs short. States they need one of their top 4 batsmen to step up. Credits Taylor for putting his hand up today. Lauds Chandimal for the way he played and took the game away from them. Is confident to come out all guns blazing in their next match which he calls a crucial one.
  • From 103-1, all of a sudden Sri Lanka were reduced to 117-4. They soon lost half their side and it seemed like we have a nail-biter on the cards. However, Dinesh Chandimal didn't lose his calm and kept on milking the singles. He took the game deep and got perfect company from Thisara Perera who played an enterprising cameo of 39 runs in just 26 balls which included 3 maximums and a boundary. His unbeaten stand of 57 runs along with his skipper sealed the deal with 31 balls to spare...
  • So, Sri Lanka have kept their hopes alive in the tri-nation series. They didn't get it served on plate but had to fight it out to come out on top. They displayed a good show with the ball to restrict Zimbabwe under 200. When they came out to bat, their openers looked scratchy and took their time to settle down before Tharanga chopped one back onto the stumps. Two Kusals - Perera and Mendis then came to the fore and motored along well. Together they stringed a fruitful 70-run stand but the wicket of the southpaw (49) pressed the panic button.
  • 44.5 SIX! And Thisara Perera finishes things off in style! He is really pumped up. Chandimal at the other end has his hands aloft too. They needed this win, didn't they? Shortish delivery, coming at a good height. Perera backs away a touch and smokes it a long way over the deep mid-wicket fence for a maximum to end the game. SRI LANKA BEAT ZIMBABWE BY 5 WICKETS!
  • 44.4 Shortish and angling in, Thisara backs away and mistimes his punch to mid on. Chandimal wants the run but won't get it.
  • 44.3 This time he gets another one in the zone as he cracks it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 44.2 Short and a tinge of width given, slapped hard but finds the man at backward point.
  • 44.1 Good length delivery on off, DC stabs it out towards cover.
  • 43.6 Sloppy from Chatara! Cremer drops it short again, Perera camps back and punches it towards extra cover where Tendai fumbles and concedes two. The 50-run stand is up as well. 195/5
  • 43.5 Pushes it quicker through the air outside off, Chandimal packs a punch through cover for one.
  • 43.4 Goes for the glory hit and survives! Cremer gives it some nice flight and lands it outside off, Perera gets down on one knee to play the slog sweep but gets a top edge instead. The ball goes a long way up in the air but luckily for Perera, it lands in no man's land near long on. A single taken and he has a wry smile on his face.
  • 43.3 Loopy leg break outside off, Dinesh punches it down to long off for a single.
  • 43.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 43.1 Tossed up ball outside, eased down to long off for a single.
  • 42.6 Another short ball this time outside off, Perera packs a punch towards sweeper cover for a single. 189/5
  • 42.5 SIX! Picked the bones outta that one! Chatara bowls it short and it's the slower one. Perera waits for it on the back foot and when it arrives he smites it a long way over the deep mid-wicket fence for another maximum. Sri Lanka inching closer to their first victory of the series.
  • 42.4 Good length delivery outside off, driven towards mid off. Chandimal wants the single but Thisara rightly sends him back.
  • 42.4 Wide! Bangs in a short one on leg, it bounces too much as Perera lets it sail over him to Murray behind.
  • 42.3 Short and outside off, punched off the back foot towards extra cover.
  • 42.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, cut square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 42.1 Shortish delivery outside off, stabbed off the back foot to the cover fielder.
  • Tendai Chatara is back on.
  • 41.6 SIX! That's gone the distance! Meaty blow! Cremer tosses it up generously, lands it full around off, Perera dances down the track and goes bang over long off for a maximum all the way. 19 needed from 48 balls. 180/5
  • 41.5 Short and turning back in, TP goes back and punches it towards the man at extra cover.
  • 41.4 Marginally short on off, Chandimal slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for a single.
  • 41.3 Slower through the air, around off, blocked solidly off the front foot.
  • 41.2 Chipped! Floated delivery around off, Perera takes a long stride forward and chips it back down the ground. Cremer couldn't reach to it and Thisara milks a single down to long off.
  • 41.1 Drops it short and turns away outside off, punched from the depth of the crease to sweeper cover for a single.
  • Graeme Cremer is back on!
  • 40.6 Slow through the air, Chandimal skips down the track and tucks it with the spin through square leg. A single taken. 171/5
  • 40.5 Loopy delivery outside off, Thisara knocks it down to long off to get off strike.
  • 40.4 Flighted delivery, encouraging Chandimal to go for an ambitious shot. He kneels and goes for the big sweep but toe ends it to deep mid-wicket. A run taken.
  • 40.3 Driven through mid on by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 40.2 Chips down the track again and whips it to long on to rotate strike.
  • 40.1 Chandimal uses his feet and defends it down the track.
  • Time for Powerplay 3! Five fielders are allowed outside the 30-yard circle now till the end of the innings. However, Zimbabwe should aim to attack the batsmen. Only wickets from hereon can lead them to a victory.
  • 39.6 Fullish delivery on off, pushed past the bowler. 166/5
  • 39.5 Short ball, Chandimal nails the pull towards deep square leg but finds Chatara. A run taken.
  • 39.4 Length delivery around off, Chandimal covers the line and presents a water-tight defense.
  • 39.3 Brilliant bowling! Bowls a pinpoint yoker on off and gets it to reverse in. Chandimal is alert to it and does well to jam it out.
  • 39.2 Back of a length ball outside off, chopped to the point region.
  • 39.1 Short and room on offer, slapped to deep cover for a run.
  • 38.6 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 164/5
  • 38.5 Slow through the air, Dinesh is nimble on his feet and wrists it to long on to rotate strike.
  • 38.4 Quicker and flatter, worked through square leg for a single.
  • 38.3 The ball strikes the batsman very low on the pads The batsmen have run through for a single. The Umpire signals Leg Bye.
  • 38.2 Uses his feet to this one but is not quite to the pitch of the ball. Defends it in the end.
  • 38.1 Not Out! Yes, it is missing leg stump. Raza comes around the wicket and bowls a tossed up ball on middle and leg and it straightens just a touch. Chandimal prods forward to defend but misses to get pinged on the pads. A vociferous appeal follows but the umpire stays put. Raza looks convinced and his teammates show positive body language as well. Considering the situation of the game, Cremer challenges the decision. Time for the replays. Well, the Hawk Eye shows that the ball is spinning down the leg side. Zimbabwe lose their review.
  • Can turn out to be a defining moment in the game! The African side is confident and Cremer decides to take the review against his opposite number. To the naked eye, it seems that it is going down the leg side. Let's find out.
  • Raza returns for a bowl.
  • 37.6 Back of a length ball, defended stoutly of the back foot. 160/5
  • 37.5 Muzarabani hits the deck hard around leg stump, Thisara ducks under it comfortably.
  • 37.4 On a length on middle and leg, tucked with a hop through square leg for a single.
  • 37.3 Fullish delivery, driven hard to the man at mid off.
  • 37.2 Back of a length ball, cut with the angle through point for a run.
  • 37.1 Sloppy work! Back of a length outside off, Chandimal taps it towards cover and wants a run but is sent back. A misfield eventually allows the batsmen to cross over.
  • 36.6 Around the hips, tucked nicely through backward square leg for a brace. 157/5
  • 36.5 FOUR! Smashed! Hand-eye co-ordination from Perera! Slightly overpitched around off, Perera with minimal feet movement bludgeons it past the non-striker for a rocketing boundary. The man at mid off didn't even move.
  • 36.4 Back of a length outside off, played with a horizontal bat to sweeper cover for one.
  • 36.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 36.2 Peach! Leg cutter outside off, Chandimal prods forward to defend it but the ball moves to away to catch him off guard.
  • Change of bat for Chandimal.
  • 36.1 Oh ho! Chandimal's bat has broken down. Overpitched around off, Chandimal goes at it with hard hands. The bottom half of the bat comes out and flies to the off side.
  • 35.6 A tight run! Chandimal pushes it towards the left of mid off and takes off. Perera is late to react and eventually goes through. The fielder aims at the striker's end but misses. A direct hit would have been interesting. 150/5
  • 35.5 Shortish ball, Perera takes his eyes off the ball but manages to pull it down to long leg for a run.
  • 35.4 Fullish delivery, eased towards wide mid off for a single.
  • 35.3 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 35.2 Back of a length outside off, punched firmly to cover-point.
  • 35.1 Edged but safe! Back of a length ball on middle, angling away, Perera pushes at it and gets an outside edge that falls just short of the diving Masakadza at first slip and goes past him. A run taken.
  • Blessing Muzarabani is back into the attack.
  • 34.6 Fullish delivery outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers. Successful over for Zimbabwe. 146/5
  • 34.5 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • Thisara Perera comes out to bat. Expect some big hits even though it is a tricky situation for Sri Lanka.
  • 34.4 OUT! Edged and gone! Zimbabwe chipping away at the wickets on a consistent basis and are still in with a good chance. Jarvis runs in and bowls a back of a length ball wide outside off. Generates some extra bounce from the deck as Gunaratne attempts a loose slash. Only manages a thick outside edge that flies towards the keeper. The substitute keeper, Ryan Murray dives like a goalkeeper to his right and plucks it out of thin air. He is having a great time behind the stumps. The Islanders still need 54 runs from 92 balls with half their side back in the hut.
  • 34.3 Off cutter on a fullish length outside off, Asela is early into his push and ends up getting an inside edge down the track.
  • 34.2 Another bouncer, takes an eternity to reach Chandimal. He pulls it all along the ground to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 34.1 Short ball in line of the stumps, pulled in front of square leg for a run.
  • 33.6 Tossed up outside off, defended solidly off the front foot. 143/4
  • 33.5 FOUR! A boundary after ages, 53 to be precise. Floated on middle, Chandimal clips it beautifully through wide mid on. Ervine in the deep moves to his right but slips. Makes a meal of it in the end and concedes a boundary.
  • 33.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 33.3 It has been 51 balls since the last boundary and Chandimal is getting itchy. Fullish delivery on off, the skipper plays an ugly heave towards deep square leg and rotates strike.
  • 33.2 Uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 33.1 Tossed up outside off, Chandimal prods forward to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Sikandar Raza is back on.
  • 32.6 Shortish ball on off, Chandimal pulls it in flamingo style to long leg. A run taken. 137/4
  • 32.5 Stump-to-stump line from Jarvis. Chandimal makes use of the depth of the crease to nudge it to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 32.4 Similar delivery, helped down to fine leg for another easy single.
  • 32.3 On a length on off, shaping in, tucked with a hop in front of square leg for a run.
  • 32.2 Back of a length and some room to work with, Gunaratne places it past point for a single.
  • 32.1 Well bowled! An off cutter at 110 clicks well outside off, grips after pitching. Gunaratne chases it half-heartedly and gets beaten all ends up.
  • 32.1 Wide! An attempted bouncer but the line is wayward. It is down the leg side and Asela has nothing to do with it.
  • Time for Drinks.
  • 31.6 Back of a length ball on off, angling in, Chandimal hangs back and taps it to mid on. Sri Lanka need 67 runs from 108 balls with 6 wickets in hand. 132/4
  • 31.5 Good fielding! Short ball around off, Chandimal pulls it towards deep mid-wicket. Waller runs to his left and does well to stop it with a dive. Saves a couple for his side.
  • 31.4 Short of a length around off, Chandimal sits deep in the crease and punches it to the off side.
  • 31.3 Similar length ball, Chandimal hops and mistimes his punch towards cover-point.
  • 31.2 Short of a length outside off, stabbed off the back foot to extra cover.
  • 31.1 In the air... but safe! On a length on middle and leg, Gunaratne goes for a flick but is early into it. Ends up clipping it uppishly but the ball lands safely in the vacant square leg region. A run taken.
  • 30.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 129/4
  • 30.5 Off cutter from Jarvis, at 109.6 clicks, Asela reads it well and turns it around the corner to get off strike.
  • 30.4 Well played! Short of a length on off, Chandimal moves inside the line and tucks it towards fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 30.3 Length ball well outside off, Dinesh goes at it with hard hands and mistimes it to covers.
  • 30.2 Uppish but safe! This track is playing a lot of tricks. Length ball outside off, stops a bit on the batsman. Chandimal ends up driving it aerially towards mid off.
  • 30.1 Rush of blood from Gunaratne! Good length ball on off, Asela makes room and charges down the track. Goes for a slash square of the wicket on the off side but top edges it towards third man. The fielder is interested for a while but the ball falls well short of him. A run taken.
  • Jarvis returns for a burst. The ball is reversing a bit and there is also variable bounce on this track. Not a bad move this.
  • 29.6 Shortish and room on offer, Dinesh hops and taps it to the point region. 126/4
  • 29.5 Good length ball in the avenue of apprehension, tailing in. Chandimal prods forward and defends it with a high elbow.
  • 29.4 Back of a length outside off, Asela waits for it and steers it to third man for a run.
  • 29.3 Length delivery outside off, angling in, blocked compactly off the front foot.
  • 29.2 Beaten for pace! Good length ball outside off, skids off after pitching. Gunaratne attempts a tame dab to third man but gets foxed.
  • 29.1 On a length around the hips, tucked to fine leg for a single.
  • Chatara is back on. A couple of more wickets will put the cat among the pigeons. A very tricky passage of play for the Sri Lankans.
  • 28.6 Flatter and quicker on off, Gunaratne comes half forward and blocks it. Only 1 from the over, superb stuff from the skipper. 124/4
  • 28.5 Loopy delivery, a lot of revs on that, kept out watchfully.
  • 28.4 Driven towards the mid off region. One run added to the total.
  • 28.3 Nervy moment! Slow through the air, spinning away. Chandimal comes forward and tries to defend it gingerly but the ball brushes his gloves and goes on the bounce to the slip fielder. The ball is gripping and spinning. Bring a silly point and leg slip in place, Cremer.
  • 28.2 Hangs back to the flatter ball and keeps it out right under his nose.
  • 28.1 Leans ahead to the tossed up ball and defends it stoutly.
  • 27.6 Back of a length outside off, Asela hops and keeps it out towards point. 123/4
  • 27.5 Length ball outside off, steered nicely to third man for a single.
  • 27.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 27.3 A bit shorter in length outside off, placed to backward point.
  • 27.2 Shortish ball and slower in pace, Asela mistimes his pull to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • 27.1 On a length, angling in, tucked to deep square leg for a run.
  • 26.6 Full ball outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers. Another tidy over, the pressure is on. 120/4
  • 26.5 Shortish ball outside off, cut away to point.
  • 26.4 Hangs back and plays this one against the spin through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 26.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 26.2 Beaten! Tossed up on middle, spinning away venomously. Chandimal feels for it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 26.1 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 25.6 Fuller in length, kept out watchfully. 119/4
  • 25.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 25.4 Another huge appeal turned down! Full delivery, tailing in. Gunaratne tries to play it across but misses to get hit on the pads. The African side is convinced but the umpire moves away as the ball rolls towards fine leg. A leg bye taken. The keeper signals to Cremer that it is sliding down leg. Well, he is right. The Hawk Eye shows that it would have missed the leg stump.
  • Asela Gunaratne comes out to bat.
  • 25.3 OUT! Muzarabani takes off in celebration and is absolutely elated! A case of another batsman not putting value on his wicket. Back of a length ball and a bit of width on offer, Dickwella tries to dab it with an angled bat but only manages a thin nick. Murray behind the stumps accepts it gleefully. Sri Lanka are losing the plot as they have lost 3 wickets for 14 runs in the last 23 balls.
  • 25.2 The batsman drives this through the covers. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 25.1 FOUR! Easy pickings! That will release the pressure a bit. Full and on the pads, Chandimal tickles it past the keeper and finds the fine leg fence.
  • 24.6 Floated ball, worked with the spin to mid-wicket. 112/3
  • 24.5 Flatter ball outside off, Dickwella goes for a cut but he is beaten by the low bounce.
  • 24.4 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 24.3 It's all happening out there in Mirpur. A vociferous appeal has been turned down. Floated around off, Dickwella goes for the fancy reverse sweep but seems to have missed it. The ball goes off something and Murray takes it. Zimbabwe roar in an appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Pivotal moment in the game. Cremer has a chat with his teammates but doesn't go for the review. Cremer indicates that it came off the arm. Replays confirm that he is right.
  • 24.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 24.1 Another nervy moment! Slow through the air on leg stump, Dickwella goes for the big sweep but ends up getting a top edge over the man at 45. A brace taken.
  • The skipper, Dinesh Chandimal comes out to bat.
  • 23.6 OUT! Bowled 'em! A rather soft dismissal for Mendis! Poor stuff from him. He got his eye in and has thrown his wicket away. The two set batsmen are back in the hut. Mendis shuffles across his stumps and Muzarabani keeps his cool. Bowls a fuller length ball and targets the stumps. Mendis fails to clip it through and that is enough for the ball to crash into the stumps. The African side have suddenly got a sniff. Things are getting interesting. 110/3
  • 23.5 Dropped! A very tough chance though! Short and room on offer, Dickwella flays it towards backward point where Ervine dives full length to his left, gets his hand to it but the ball pops out and falls down safely. The batsmen sneak in a run.
  • 23.4 FOUR! Hit with disdain! Short ball in line of the stumps, sits up nicely for Dickwella. He stands tall and pulls it with aplomb over square leg to pick up a boundary.
  • 23.3 On a length well outside off, played with an angled bat towards point.
  • 23.2 Short of a length ball and room on offer, Dickwella hangs back and defends it.
  • 23.1 Fullish and straying on the pads, tucked around the corner for a single.
  • 22.6 Exuberant stuff from the keeper but his appeal is denied! Slow through the air outside off and on a fullish length. Dickwella leans ahead to counter it but is struck on the thigh pad. Cremer bails out of the appeal quickly as Murray still roars for it but the umpire stays put. The replays shows that the impact was well outside off. 104/2
  • 22.5 Comes forward to this one and clips it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 22.4 Ooh... that one gripped! Slips in the wrong one on middle, spinning away sharply. Dickwella fails to read it and gets a safe leading edge towards covers.
  • 22.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 22.2 Floated on leg stump, Dickwella tries to play it defensively but is struck on the thigh pad.
  • 22.1 Stays deep in the crease and tucks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 21.6 Full delivery well outside off, tapped with an open bat face to point. Successful over for Muzarabani. 103/2
  • Niroshan Dickwella strides out to bat.
  • 21.5 OUT! Muzarabani strikes! Much-needed breakthrough for Zimbabwe. Fuller length ball well outside off, Perera goes chasing after it with minimal foot movement and gets a faint edge behind. The substitute keeper, Ryan Murray moves to his left and takes a regulation catch. Perera misses out on a fifty by a mere run. Struggled initially but then played some eye-catching strokes to give his side the ideal foundation. Can the African side capitalize on this opening?
  • 21.4 On a length outside off, tapped with an open bat face past point for a run.
  • 21.3 Full marks for the commitment! Length delivery and some width on offer, Perera slices it over the leaping point fielder. Chatara in the deep moves to his right and dives full length to save three runs for his side.
  • 21.2 Good length ball well outside off, steered to third man for an easy single. Sri Lanka are doing it with ease at the moment.
  • The batsman has a chat with the umpire. Something is flashing near the advertising boards and that is certainly distracting him. It has been sorted and we are good to go again.
  • 21.1 Back of a length ball, angling away, the southpaw dabs it nicely to third man to rotate strike.
  • Muzarabani is brought back into the attack. Zimbabwe are in desperate need of wickets.
  • 20.6 Tossed up delivery, right around the eyeline of the batsman. Mendis lunges forward in defense. 99/1
  • 20.5 Slow through the air, Mendis strides forward and drives it to the man at extra cover.
  • 20.4 Similar delivery, placed through cover-point for an easy single.
  • 20.3 The wrong one from Cremer, Perera rocks back and cuts it with the spin to point.
  • 20.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 20.1 Floated around off, milked down to long off for a single.
  • 19.6 Short and down the leg side, rubbish delivery and Raza is lucky to get away with that one. Pulled down to long leg for just a single. 97/1
  • 19.5 Around middle and leg, worked with soft hands towards mid-wicket.
  • 19.4 FOUR! What a powerful hit, that! Sees the flight does Mendis, gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it from outside off to deep mid-wicket for the second boundary of the over.
  • 19.3 Stays back in the crease and blocks it out gently.
  • 19.2 FOUR! In the gap! Raza gives this one some air, lands it too full outside off. Mendis makes room and drills it along the carpet through extra cover for a boundary.
  • 19.1 Uses his feet to a loopy ball and milks a single down to long off for one.
  • 18.6 Short and spinning away, Mendis goes back and cuts it straight to the man at short third man who dives to stop. 87/1
  • 18.5 Mendis has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 18.4 Turning in from a good length, tapped towards point for a single.
  • 18.3 Drops it short on middle, pulled by crouching low in the crease to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 18.2 Flatter and fuller outside off, Perera hoicks it down towards long on for a single. He is not looking comfortable. The side strain seems to be getting the better of him.
  • 18.1 Floated delivery outside off, the batsman prods forward and defends.
  • 17.6 Short ball, turning away, slapped square of the wicket on the off side to collect a couple more. 84/1
  • 17.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 17.4 Darted on middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 17.3 FOUR! That was begging to be hit! Mendis does so with aplomb! Short ball, down the leg side, Kusal gets down and across and pulls it down towards fine leg. The man in the deep did put in the dive but to no avail. These two have now added a good 50 runs between them.
  • Kusal Perera is in some pain again. After pulling the last ball it seemed like he strained his side. The physio applies some magic spray. A bit of delay...
  • 17.2 Loopy full toss, dipping in, Kusal comes down the track and looks to give it a whack but mistimes it through mid-wicket.
  • 17.1 Fuller on the stumps, dinked down to long on for one more.
  • 16.6 Tossed up delivery outside off, Mendis leans ahead and drives it towards the man at sweeper cover for a single. 76/1
  • 16.5 Steps out of the crease and works it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 16.4 Flighted delivery, landed full outside off, Perera opens the face of the bat to dab it towards short third man.
  • 16.3 Spins back into the left hander who comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads.
  • 16.2 Loopy leg break, turning away from middle, Mendis goes back and chips it uppishly towards mid on for a quick single.
  • 16.1 Cremer starts his spell by dropping it short outside off, Kusal Perera camps back and punches it towards sweeper cover for a single.
  • Graeme Cremer brings himself into the attack. A slip in place...
  • 15.6 Allows the ball to turn back in and stabs it out on the off side comfortably. 72/1
  • Perera seems to have pulled his groin on the previous ball. The physio comes out to attend him. Meanwhile, the players enjoy Drinks!
  • 15.5 An appeal for an LBW and then a run out chance! All happening but all's well in the end for Sri Lanka! Raza fires it around middle and leg, Perera shimmies out of the crease and works it off the inside edge towards the left of the bowler. Sikandar is busy appealing but the umpire pays no heed. Meanwhile, the batsmen look to steal a single. Raza gets to his left and fires a throw at the bowler's end but misses as Perera stretches to get back in. In fact, had the all-round opted to return a throw at the keeper's end, Mendis would have been in trouble.
  • 15.4 Darted around the pads, flicked through the gap at mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 15.3 FOUR! Swept away! Raza drifts one down the leg side, Perera gets down on one knee and takes full toll of the gift. Sweeps it cleanly between the short fine leg and square leg fielder for a boundary.
  • 15.2 Floats it up around middle and off, Perera dances down the track and defends it with his bat and pad close together.
  • 15.1 Gets across and tucks it with the turn through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 14.6 FOUR! Crashing hit! Ahead of a length and just outside off, Perera brings his bottom hand into play. Flays it through point and finds the fence to end the over. 64/1
  • 14.5 Takes a stride forward and pats it to mid off.
  • 14.4 Almost a wicket! On a length and outside off, Perera looks to drive but the bat turns in his hands and he nearly ends up spooning a catch to the man at extra cover. Luckily, the ball bounces in front of the fielder.
  • 14.3 Shortish outside off, Mendis runs it down towards third man for a single.
  • 14.2 Now Blessing goes fuller, Kusal drives it towards the mid off fielder.
  • 14.1 Beaten! On a shorter length, in the avenue of apprehension, Mendis looks to dab it away but the ball moves away to beat the outside edge by a wee bit.
  • 13.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 59/1
  • 13.5 On a flatter trajectory, Mendis camps back and punches it towards long on to rotate strike.
  • 13.4 Tosses it up outside off, eased through cover for one.
  • 13.3 Darted on middle and leg, eased down to long on for a single.
  • 13.2 Around middle and leg, worked with the spin towards the square leg fielder.
  • 13.1 Starts off with a loosener! Raza drops it short and outside off, KP camps back and punches it to sweeper cover for one.
  • Time for spin now! Sikandar Raza is asked to roll his arm over. He missed out with the bat today. Can he redeem himself with the white object?
  • 12.6 Keeps it full outside off, jammed out in the direction of the point fielder. 55/1
  • 12.5 Gets forward and drills it through cover for a single.
  • 12.4 Fuller in length and outside off, driven towards the man at extra cover.
  • 12.3 Fullish ball on off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • 12.2 Coming back in from outside off, poked in front of Sikandar Raza at point for a brisk single.
  • 12.1 FOUR! Throws the kitchen sink at that one! That's some way to raise the 50-run mark for your team! Blessing has been guilty of bowling it short and to add to it, offering too much of width! Mendis takes the bait and flashes it powerfully over point for a one bounce boundary. Blessing has gone for 17 already in just 7 balls.
  • 11.6 Anticipates Chatara to bowl a short one, stands back, swivels just a touch to pull it along the ground through mid-wicket for a single to retain strike. 49/1
  • 11.5 Tendai drops it short and outside off, Kusal chops it a bit square of the wicket on the off side for a couple of runs.
  • 11.4 Digs in a short one on middle and leg, Mendis is quick to take evasive action. Lets it sail over him to the keeper.
  • 11.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 11.2 Sits back to a length ball and pushes it towards point.
  • 11.1 Fuller ball on the stumps, Mendis brings his bat down at the angle and drives it back from where it came. Chatara sticks his right hand out to half stop it. Parries it to mid on.
  • 10.6 Length ball on off, nipping back in as Perera looks to work it away. He misses and wears it high on the thigh pad. 13 off Muzarabani's first over! 46/1
  • 10.5 Gets forward to drive it towards the cover fielder.
  • 10.4 SIX! Ahhhhh... Soothing to the eyes! Muzarabani keeps this on a length and it's just around that off stump channel. Perera stands put and just lifts it on the up. Makes terrific connection to send it soaring over the long off fence for the first biggie of the match. Just the extension of the arms from Perera and he holds his pose! Picture perfect!
  • 10.3 Nothing off the Free Hit! Short ball, angling in on the body, Mendis gets hurried by this one as he has a wild swing across the line. The ball hits the top part of the bat and lobs down towards long on for a single.
  • 10.3 Blessing has overstepped! Serves a length ball on off, pushed through cover for a single. Free Hit coming up.
  • 10.2 FOUR! Just over the man at mid off! Muzarabani pitches it up on off, Perera clears his front leg and lifts it down the ground. Doens't time it well and it just evades a leaping fielder at mid off for a boundary.
  • 10.1 Length ball on off, quelled off the front foot.
  • Powerplay 2 has been signalled. Now the field can be spread till the 40th over. Blessing Muzarabani is the first change as well.
  • 9.6 A wicket maiden from Tendai! Good stuff from him! Shortens his length and makes Mendis play at it who does so with a straight bat. 33/1
  • 9.5 Nipping back in from outside off, Mendis covers the stumps to keep it out.
  • 9.4 Superb ball! Chatara bangs in a short one in the channel outside off, it holds its line as Mendis looks to have a feel of it. There is some good zip off the surface which beats the outside edge by a whisker.
  • 9.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 9.2 Fuller ball, attacking the stumps, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • Kusal Mendis walks in at no. 3!
  • 9.1 OUT! And Upul Tharanga chops it on! Chatara draws first blood and is up and running with his hands aloft! He steams in from around the wicket and drops it on a back of a length on middle and off. The ball keeps jagging back in and cramps Tharanga for room who is in no position to keep it out with an angled blade. The inward movement as well as some extra lift off the surface takes the inside edge, bounces and then disturbs the woodwork. Zimbabwe break the scratchy opening stand.
  • 8.6 Leg bye! Bowls a cutter which moves away after pitching. Tharanga is put into a tangle as the ball goes off the pads and rolls towards the off side. A leg bye taken. 33/0
  • 8.5 Pitched on off, driven on the up towards mid off who is placed a bit deep. An easy single on offer.
  • 8.4 Stays behind the line and defends it straight back down the track.
  • 8.3 Fullish delivery outside off, Upul Tharanga drives it towards mid off for a single.
  • 8.2 Kusal Perera is losing his patience it seems! Got lucky in the last over and once again gets away with one! Shortish ball, slanting away, Perera throws his bat at it only to get a top edge. Shouts of CATCH IT! But the ball falls well short of Mire running in from third man. A single picked up.
  • 8.1 Length delivery, swinging back in to ping Perera on the pads. They appeal but it was pitched outside leg.
  • 7.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 29/0
  • 7.5 Pushes this fuller ball towards mid off and crosses over.
  • 7.4 Looks to turn this length ball towards the leg side but gets a soft leading edge towards cover.
  • 7.3 Inside edgeeee! Perera is looking a bit itchy now! Enough of defense for him! Fuller ball, nipping back in from outside off, Kusal looks to whip it over the leg side but gets an inside edge which evades the stumps and rolls on a couple of bounces to the keeper behind who does well to stop it with a dive to his right.
  • 7.2 On a fuller length and just outside off, Kusal defends it off the higher portion of the bat towards cover.
  • 7.1 Good running! Tharanga taps this length delivery in front of point and scampers through for a single.
  • 6.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 27/0
  • 6.5 Leading edge.... safe! Back of a length delivery on leg stump, Tharanga looks to tuck it away but the ball seems to have stopped a touch before coming. As a result, he gets a leading edge which for his liking, falls short of Raza at point.
  • Just to inform you, Brendan Taylor looked to be in some discomfort and is currently off the field. Ryan Murray (substitute) is keeping on behalf of him for now...
  • 6.4 Good length delivery on middle and leg, worked with soft hands towards mid on for nothing.
  • 6.4 Wide! Pounds in a short ball on middle and leg, Upul is quick to sit under it. Too high and rightly called as a wide.
  • 6.3 Clipped away towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 6.2 Short and slanting away outside off, Tharanga goes after it as he carves it through point for one.
  • 6.1 Fuller ball, on off, Upul lunges to push it towards mid off.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Beats the man at 45! Sprayed on the pads, Kusal Perera shuffles across a touch and deflects it deftly. The man at short fine leg was at the edge of the circle. He dives full length to his left but the ball beats him to race away to the fence. 23/0
  • 5.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 5.4 Looks to push it away on the off side but gets an inside edge which rolls away towards the cover region as the batsmen sneak in a run.
  • 5.3 Triggers back in sharply and pings Tharanga on the back pad who fails to get going with his attempted flick shot.
  • 5.2 Shortish delivery, coming back in, Tharanga fends it away.
  • 5.1 Leg stump line from Chatara and he is lucky to get away with that one. Perera fails to clip it away but the ball goes off the pads towards fine leg. However, the umpire signals it as a run.
  • 4.6 Angling in from outside off, wristed with the angle towards mid-wicket. 17/0
  • 4.5 FOUR! Timed the pants outta that one! Just ahead of a length and served outside off, Tharanga takes a stride forward and unfurls a delightful drive through extra cover. Once it pierced the gap it was always going to the fence.
  • 4.4 Angling away from a length, bit wider outside off and stays a tad low. Upul gets foxed by it as he pushes at it away from the body. The ball sneaks under his bat and goes on the bounce to Taylor.
  • 4.3 Gets forward to a fuller length ball and pats it into the cover region.
  • 4.2 Short and kicking off the surface, Tharanga at first looks to go after it but then withdraws his bat at the last moment.
  • 4.1 Angling in on middle and leg, whipped away awkwardly through mid-wicket by Perera for one.
  • 3.6 Good diving stop! Slightly short and outside off, Upul cuts it hard but Raza at point intervenes as he dives full length to his left to stop a certain boundary. 12/0
  • 3.5 Angles it in from outside off, tapped towards the off side off the back foot.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Good shot! Didn't try to hit it too hard, just a mere punch! Fuller in length and served around the fourth stump channel, Tharanga leans ahead and times his drive. Makes sure Cremer from mid off can't get to it. Mire from mid on hares after it but never did it seem like he would cut that off. First boundary of the innings!
  • 3.3 Marginally fuller and just outside off, driven nicely only to find the fielder at mid off.
  • 3.2 On a length and just outside off, defended with a straight blade.
  • 3.1 Fuller and straying in on the pads, Perera gets across and flicks it through the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
  • 2.6 On a length and just outside off, blocked solidly off the front foot into the ground. 7/0
  • 2.5 Shortish and outside off, too close to cut and he ends up chopping it to the point fielder.
  • 2.4 Pitches it up on off, driven straight to Cremer at mid off.
  • 2.3 Good aggressive running! Gets ahead to a fuller ball and eases it towards mid off for a brisk single.
  • 2.2 Leading edge....Drops it on a back of a length and it straightens off the seam to square Kusal up. He looks to turn it away but the ball bobbles off the leading edge but dies down safely near the cover region.
  • 2.1 Hurls it away on a length and it shapes away late, Tharanga dabs it down to third man to get to the other end.
  • 1.6 Slightly short and room on offer, Upul guides it towards backward point for a single. 5/0
  • 1.5 Short of a length delivery on middle and off, UT rises on his toes to deal with it.
  • 1.4 Chance of a run out! Tharanga works it off the pads towards Ervine at square leg and sets off. Perera is quick to send him back. Ervine has a shy at the striker's end but misses as Upul plonks his bat to get back in. Had that hit, things could have been interesting.
  • 1.3 A bit too straight again, clipped behind square on the leg side for one.
  • 1.2 Good length ball outside off, Kusal doesn't time his drive and finds the man at extra cover.
  • 1.1 Comes from around the wicket does Chatara, strays a bit on the pads, Tharanga tickles it towards fine leg for a single.
  • Tendai Chatara to bowl with the second new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 Pitches it up on off, Perera with a strong bottom hand hits it straight to the fielder at mid off. A tidy first over from Kyle. 2/0
  • 0.5 Stands back to a back of a length ball and runs it down towards the fielder at third man. Tharanga is off the mark.
  • 0.4 That's nervy! Offers a bit of width and Tharanga nearly falls in the trap. Looks to push at it tentatively and it nearly takes the outside edge.
  • 0.3 Jarvis angles away a length delivery, gets it to straighten a touch, Tharanga lifts his bat to make a leave.
  • 0.2 Sri Lanka are away! Back of a length delivery, fifth stump line, dabbed down to third man for one.
  • 0.1 Action straightaway! Ooh... error in judgement almost cost Perera his wicket! Back of a length ball on middle and leg, a bit of nibble in the air. Perera points his bat skywards and wears it high on his pads. Jarvis appeals loudly but the umpire shakes his head. Height looked like a factor. Yes, replays confirm that it would have gone over the leg stump.
  • We are back for the chase. Upul Tharanga and Kusal Perera to open the batting for Sri Lanka. Kyle Jarvis to start off the proceedings with the ball. A slip in place. Here we go...



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