4th Match, Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka, 21 January 2018

Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka 2nd Inn:202/5 (44.5)

Thisara Perera* 39 (26);Dinesh Chandimal 38 (71);
Tendai Chatara* 9.5-1-40-1; Graeme Cremer 9-0-29-0;

Last bat: Asela Gunaratne

Result: Sri Lanka won by 5 wkts.

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Sri Lanka Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Kusal Perera c (sub)Ryan Murray & b Muzarabani 49 57 4 1 85.96
Upul Tharanga b Chatara 17 34 2 0 50
Kusal Mendis b Muzarabani 36 44 4 0 81.82
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c (sub)Ryan Murray & b Muzarabani 7 17 1 0 41.18
Dinesh Chandimal(c) not out 38 71 2 0 53.52
Asela Gunaratne c (sub)Ryan Murray & b K Jarvis 9 21 0 0 42.86
Thisara Perera not out 39 26 1 3 150
Akila Dananjaya dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Suranga Lakmal dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lakshan Sandakan dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Nuwan Pradeep dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 3, w - 3, nb - 1)7
Total(202 for 5 in 44.5 overs)202 (4.51 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/33 (Upul Tharanga, 9.1 ov.) 2/103 (Kusal Perera, 21.5 ov.) 3/110 (Kusal Mendis, 23.6 ov.)
4/117 (Niroshan Dickwella, 25.3 ov.) 5/145 (Asela Gunaratne, 34.4 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Kyle Jarvis 9 0 34 1 3.78 (2w)
Tendai Chatara 9.5 1 40 1 4.07 (1w)
Blessing Muzarabani 10 0 52 3 5.2  
Sikandar Raza 7 0 44 0 6.29  
Graeme Cremer (c) 9 0 29 0 3.22  
               

Zimbabwe Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Hamilton Masakadza c Tharanga & b Thisara Perera 20 30 3 0 66.67
Solomon Mire c Dickwella & b Thisara Perera 21 40 2 0 52.5
Craig Ervine c Tharanga & b Thisara Perera 2 5 0 0 40
Brendan Taylor(wk) c Tharanga & b Thisara Perera 58 80 6 0 72.5
Sikandar Raza c Kusal Mendis & b Sandakan 9 12 2 0 75
Malcolm Waller c Dickwella & b Sandakan 24 35 2 0 68.57
Peter Moor runout (Dickwella) 0 0 0 0 0.00
Graeme Cremer(c) b N Pradeep 34 42 3 0 80.95
Kyle Jarvis b N Pradeep 5 9 0 0 55.56
Tendai Chatara not out 2 7 0 0 28.57
Blessing Muzarabani b N Pradeep 0 4 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 8, w - 15, nb - 0)23
Total(198 all out in 44 overs)198 (4.5 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/44 (Hamilton Masakadza, 9.6 ov.) 2/49 (Craig Ervine, 11.4 ov.) 3/56 (Solomon Mire, 13.3 ov.)
4/73 (Sikandar Raza, 16.4 ov.) 5/139 (Malcolm Waller, 28.6 ov.) 6/140 (Peter Moor, 29.4 ov.)
7/171 (Brendan Taylor, 37.4 ov.) 8/191 (Kyle Jarvis, 41.3 ov.) 9/198 (Graeme Cremer, 43.2 ov.)
10/198 (Blessing Muzarabani, 43.6 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Suranga Lakmal 7 0 23 0 3.29  
Nuwan Pradeep 8 2 28 3 3.5 (6w)
Thisara Perera 8 0 33 4 4.13 (2w)
Akila Dananjaya 10 0 45 0 4.5 (2w)
Lakshan Sandakan 10 0 57 2 5.7 (5w)
Asela Gunaratne 1 0 4 0 4  
               
All|Overs 1-50
4

to Tharanga, FOUR, expertly done. Made some adjustment to place it past mid-off. Just checked his drive on this occasion and it flew off the blade

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, wow! Classy from Tharanga. Was in the air but evades extra cover. Floaty half-volley just outside off, Tharanga leans across and caresses it past a diving extra cover fielder. No need to run for those

4

to Kusal Perera, FOUR, poor end to the over. Straying on leg, Perera just gets inside the line and glanced it fine, beats the man at 45 and races away to the fence

W

to Tharanga, out Bowled!! Bowled 'em. makes the first incision. He is rewarded for his tight bowling. A nip-backer that kept coming back in at Tharanga, cramping him for room. Tharanga could only manage an inside edge onto his stumps. There was some extra bounce also that led to Tharanga's downfall. Tharanga b 17(34) [4s-2]

4

to Kusal Perera, FOUR, flies over mid-off. Perera's heart would've been in his mouth for a second there. A checked drive to a half-volley, chipped in the air and it flew over a leaping fielder

6

to Kusal Perera, SIX, flawless. What a shot from Perera. Full and outside off, Perera gets forward and lifts it through the line over mid-off. Just clears the rope for a maximum

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Mendis breaks free. Short and outside off, oh boy! He latches onto it. Slices it powerfully over point, one bounce and four

4

to Kusal Perera, FOUR, bashed! lands it full outside off. Perera employs his bottom hand to good effect; smashes it through point

4

to Kusal Perera, FOUR, swept and swept well. dishes out a gift down leg and Perera disdainfully powers it away behind square

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, skiddy back of a length delivery on middle, Kusal Mendis sits on the knee and pulls it away to backward square leg for four

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, half-volley just outside off, Kusal Mendis gets to the pitch and whip-drives it to the deep extra cover boundary

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, good length off-break outside off, Kusal Mendis gets down to drag that slog sweep with a whip of the wrist to deep mid-wicket for four

W

to Kusal Perera, out Caught by (sub)Ryan Murray!! Perera misses out on a fifty! Back of a length delivery angling away from off, Kusal Perera gets low in his stance and has a nosy poke at it, gets a feather through to the substitute keeper Murray. Kusal Perera c (sub)Ryan Murray b 49(57) [4s-4 6s-1]

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, short delivery inot the body, Dickwella gets into position in a heartbeat and nails that pull to the deep square leg fence for four

W

to Kusal Mendis, out Bowled!! Good length ball angling towards leg-stump, Kusal Mendis shuffles across towards off and misses the glance to have his leg-stump uprooted! Scrambled seam ball on off and seaming in to leg-stump. How often do you see that? A bit Raina-like, that dismissal. Came too far across towards off-stump and became predictable. Paid the price. Kusal Mendis b 36(44) [4s-4]

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, full delivery down leg side, Chandimal gets some bat on it and away to the fine leg fence for four

W

to Dickwella, out Caught by (sub)Ryan Murray!! Short and wide, Dickwella hasn't got his backfoot across towards off, and pays the price as the ball is too far away from his eyeline, and he gets a thin edge through to the keeper. Loud appeal, and a very thin edge, Dickwella doesn't review it so he has, in fact, edged it. A welcome wicket for Zimbabwe. This game is getting juicy now, as Sri Lanka's number 6 walks in. Dickwella c (sub)Ryan Murray b 7(17) [4s-1]

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, sloppy from Ervine, first boundary after 54 balls, this was tossed up on the stumps, Chandimal got close to the ball and whipped it with the turn. Ervine ran across from long-on, slid and then slipped, let the ball go through his hands

W

to Gunaratne, out Caught by (sub)Ryan Murray!! Edged and caught! The bowlers are keeping Zimbabwe in the hunt, this was short and this was wide of off, Gunaratne's eyes lit up as he saw the width, threw the kicthen sink at the ball, gets a thick top-edge and Murray does the rest - moving across to his right. His third catch of the evening, can Zimbabwe cause a few more flutters? Gunaratne c (sub)Ryan Murray b 9(21)

4

to Perera, FOUR, cracking shot, slightly overpitched from , Thisara stands tall, presents the full face of the bat and drives it past the non-striker, no need to run for those

OT

to Chandimal, no run, loud shout for LBW and Zimbabwe will review. It's a fair delivery, there's no bat on that, but is the ball sliding down the leg-side? Ultraedge confirms that there's no bat on that. Ball-tracking in: Impact in line and it's spinning down the leg-side, Zimbabwe lose their review. Good call though, this was tossed up on the middle-stump line and straightened a bit before spinning into the batsman, Chandimal was prodding forward in defence and missed, the ball kept going with the angle and was going past the leg-stump

6

to Perera, SIX, massive, this was coming from the big left-hander, jumps down the track, gets close to the tossed up ball, swings his arms and sends it miles over the ropes at long-off

6

to Perera, SIX, that's easy pickings for Thisara, too short and too slow from , Thisara swivels across and swats it over deep mid-wicket, went a long way into the stands

6

to Perera, SIX, all-over, Sri Lanka secure their first win of the tournament. Smiles amongst the two batsmen as they embrace into a warm hug. Chandimal pumps his fists in delight, so does Thisara. Coming to the ball, this was short and on the stumps, Thisara swivels across and deposits it high and into the top tier of the deep backward square leg boundary

4

to Masakadza, FOUR, fullish delivery on the pads, Masakadza steps forward to get to the pitch and clips it away to the long-on fence for four

4

to Mire, leg byes, FOUR, oh dear God! Guess what? This time its with a ball drifting down leg, and Mire gets it off the pad and away to the fine leg fence for four leg-byes

4

to Masakadza, FOUR, good length ball outside off, a tad slow, Masakadza saw the fielder coming inside the circle and lap-swept it away to fine leg fence for four

4

to Masakadza, FOUR, short delivery but a slight bit of width on offer, Masakadza slashes at it and gets it wide of the slip fielder and away to the third man fence for four

4

to Mire, FOUR, half-volley on middle and off, Mire doesn't need to get to the pitch as it is served to him on a platter, unleashes a whip-drive past the stumps straight down the ground for four. Just ran his hands through the ball, and the timing was supreme and the ball was gently bowled as well in terms of pace

W

to Masakadza, out Caught by Tharanga!! Oh dear me! A fractionally short delivery around off without much width. This dismissal has more to do with the tight bowling off-late rather than the ball itself. Masakadza manages to just lob that pull off the top-edge to Tharanga at short mid-wicket who settles under it easily. The soft dismissals to top all others. Sri Lanka draw first blood, and the experienced Masakadza goes. Masakadza c Tharanga b 20(30) [4s-3]

W

to Craig Ervine, out Caught by Tharanga!! Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Craig Ervine isn't fully forward and he wafts at it outside off. The ball seams away a tad with the angling and takes a thick edge, and Tharanga takes a good low catch at slip. Sri Lanka reaping the rewards for persisting with an aggressive field in the 12th over. Second wicket for the Sri Lankans and Zimbabwe need to rebuild from here and get a partnership going. Craig Ervine c Tharanga b 2(5)

4

to Mire, FOUR, fractionally short and skidding, Mire shifts his weight on the back foot and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for four. Not short enough to pull but just cross-batted that away

W

to Mire, out Caught by Dickwella!! Shorter length on middle stump, Mire is too side-on for that ball and doesn't get into position to pull it quickly enough. He's cramped for room as the ball strikes his glove and lobs up to the left of the keeper who takes the easiest catch of his life. Zimbabwe in a wee bit of trouble here. Mire c Dickwella b 21(40) [4s-2]

4

to Raza, FOUR, tossed up off-break outside off, Raza is nimble on his feet and comes down the track drive it away to long-off for a boundary. Nuwan Pradeep misfielded that at mid-off, allowing the boundary. Really shouldn't be fielding, given that he had that knee injury a few overs ago.

4

to Raza, FOUR, bottom-handed punch, jeez! What timing from Raza. Everything right about that shot; errs and offers width, Raza stood tall, opened his bat face and stroked it through covers. The outfield takes care of the rest! Fab..

W

to Raza, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! Has that been taken? Oh, yes. Oh yes. Blinder from Mendis. Amazing reflexes. Raza is perplexed and looks in absolute disbelief. Raza, the man in form has to depart. Tossed up on leg, Raza went low for the sweep and dragged it off the toe-end. Hits it to square leg and the ball was flying. Mendis shows superb athleticism, times his jump to perfection and holds onto it. Stunning! Zimbabwe quaking.. Raza c Kusal Mendis b 9(12) [4s-2]

OT

to Waller, no run, Waller has been given OUT lbw. He reviews. Fair delivery. Crystal clear that there is an inside-edge there. So, he's safe. Swinging in from a fuller length, Waller plays inside the line, the ball swerves in and clips the inside edge. Umpire Bruce Oxenford's finger went up straightaway and the technology saves Waller in the end

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, buffet ball from . Taylor accepts it with glee. Pulls out his vertical bat and paddles it very fine

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, "Text-book stuff," chirps Alastair Campbell. Picture-perfect on-drive from Taylor. Nice high elbows, with a full face of the bat. Drills a half-volley past mid-on. Sublime timing too

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, googly goes wrong for . Too short, too wide and Taylor spotted it well to spank it through extra cover

4

to Waller, FOUR, mid-off inside the ring and Waller takes it to dump it over the fielder. Flighted outside off, Waller created room and executed the shot to perfection

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, "Poor effort, very poor effort" shouts Roshan Abeysinghe on air. Kusal Perera is the guilty culprit, grasses a straightforward chance. Taylor went for the slog-sweep, mistimes and hits it to deep mid-wicket. KP set himself, jumped a bit and the ball sneaked through his hands. To make matters worse, it wanders away to the fence

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, wonderful shot. Floater down leg, Taylor goes low and sweeps it past short fine leg

4

to Waller, FOUR, freebie. Drifting down leg, Waller moves inside the line and tickles it fine

W

to Waller, out Caught by Dickwella!! Waller perishes. The stand that was gathering some steam for Zimbabwe has been broken. Needless from Waller, he was trying to break free and you've got to give credit to for creating the pressure. Tossed up just outside off, the ball dipped a bit and Waller sank low for the sweep. It was well outside off and the batsman had to fetch it from there. A faint under-edge and good take by Dickwella. Waller c Dickwella b 24(35) [4s-2]

W

to Brendan Taylor, out Moor Run Out!! 1 run completed. Seppuku from Zimbabwe. Communication breakdown between both batsmen and Moor walks back to the hut for a diamond duck. Two wickets in two overs. What a passage of play for Sri Lanka. Anyway, coming to the wicket. Taylor tucked it towards square leg, wanted a second and Moor gave the nod. However, upon seeing the fielder rush to the ball, Taylor backed out at the last moment, forcing Moor to return. He tried his best but in vain. Moor run out (Kusal Mendis/Dickwella) 0(0)

4

to Brendan Taylor, FOUR, poor ball from , too full and down the leg-side, all Taylor had to do was to get some bat on that, he does so and the ball rolls away to the fence, raises his 33rd ODI fifty as well

4

to Cremer, FOUR, lovely shot, tossed up on the stumps, Cremer bends down low, rolls his wrists over and sweeps it hard and past square leg, rolls away to the fence in a hurry

W

to Brendan Taylor, out Caught by Tharanga!! That's a huge blow for Zimbabwe's hopes of batting out their full 50 overs. The man who was in has to depart, fourth wicket for Thisara. Short and on the stumps, Taylor was looking to help it round the corner, the ball got slightly big on him, the top-edge is found and it sailed straight down to Tharanga at long leg, he doesn't drop those and Zimbabwe have lost their seventh wicket. Brendan Taylor c Tharanga b 58(80) [4s-6]

4

to Cremer, FOUR, cracking shot, too short from Thisara, sat up to be smacked, Cremer stays on the front-foot, swivels across and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, beats the man getting across from deep square leg

W

to Jarvis, out Bowled!! Cleaned up! This was always coming, Jarvis had no clue, on a good length and coming back with the angle, signs of reverse for . Jarvis was lunging forward on the defensive push, created a big gap between bat pad, the ball snuck underneath and clattered into the top of off-stump. Zimbabwe are in real danger of getting bowled out within 50 overs. Jarvis b 5(9)

4

to Cremer, FOUR, lovely shot, too short from , Cremer swivels across and pulls it past mid-wicket, the timing is good and the ball beats the fielder in the deep, much needed boundary for Zimbabwe

W

to Cremer, out Bowled!! Bowled him! is doing a nice job of cleaning up Zimbabwe's tail. A fighting hand from Cremer, but his fight is over for now. On a good length and a hint of shape back into the right-hander, might have stayed a fraction low as well, Cremer was beaten for pace and movement, brought his bat down late and heard the sound of timber. The leg-stump is sent for a walk and Sri Lanka have their ninth wicket. Cremer b 34(42) [4s-3]

W

to Muzarabani, out Bowled!! Zimbabwe have been bowled out for 198. Third wicket for and he caps off a good day with the ball for the Lankans. This was full and this was straight, came back with the angle, Muzarabani went nowhere as he prodded forward, beaten by a long way and the middle-stump is pegged back. Muzarabani b 0(4)