Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2 Test Series, 2020

Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Date: 27 January-31 January, 2020

Sri Lanka 204/3

RR: 2.34 | Zimbabwe drew with Sri Lanka

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Oshada Fernando lbw Sikandar Razalbw Sikandar Raza4710840
Dimuth Karunaratne c Regis Chakabva & b Carl Mumbac Regis Chakabva & b Carl Mumba123800
Kusal Mendis not out not out 116233131
Angelo Mathews c Craig Ervine & b Victor Nyauchic Craig Ervine & b Victor Nyauchi136910
Dinesh Chandimal not out not out 137500
Dhananjaya de Silva
Niroshan Dickwella
Suranga Lakmal
Lasith Embuldeniya
Lahiru Kumara
Vishwa Fernando
Extras 3 (b 1, lb 1, w 0, nb 1)
Total 204 (3 Wkts, 87.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
26-1 (Dimuth Karunaratne,13.4), 107-2 (Oshada Fernando,38.1), 140-3 (Angelo Mathews,61.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Sikandar Raza32 10 63 1 1.97
Donald Tiripano16 10 15 0 0.94
Carl Mumba4 1 13 1 3.25
Sean Williams16 0 49 0 3.06
Victor Nyauchi12 3 43 1 3.58
Tinotenda Mutombodzi7 2 19 0 2.71
Prince Masvaure0 0 0 0 0
Kevin Kasuza0 0 0 0 0
Brendan Taylor0 0 0 0 0
Craig Ervine0 0 0 0 0
Regis Chakabva 0 0 0 0 0
Timycen Maruma0 0 0 0 0

The series goes 1-0 to the Lankans. Dimuth Karunaratne is joined by his teammates as he receives the trophy. The pitches in Zimbabwe are by no means sporty and all we got is two dull, boring matches. Zimbabwe now head to Bangladesh while the Lankans go back home to receive West Indies. Hopefully, those matches should be more entertaining. See ya!

Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankan skipper, says that Zimbabwe dominated them on all the four days. He also adds that it is not easy to come back after a drubbing but Zimbabwe bounced back. He also mentions that it is not easy to bat on Day 5 but his boys showed great grit and Mendis especially played a great hand. He ends by saying that he is proud of his boys and is looking forward to their series against West Indies.

Man of the Series is Angelo Mathews. He says it is always nice to contribute with the bat. Adds that the support staff did well to support him. Credits Zimbabwe for fighting hard and playing well. Mentions in the first Test the wicket was easy to bat on and in this Test, they had to literally grind out session by session. Ends by praising Kusal Mendis who did well to save the Test match.

Man of The Match, Sikandar Raza says that he feels nice that he channelized the emotions in the right way. Shares that he worked hard when he was off the field. Further says that he had worked hard in the nets and the result is there to be seen. He is satisfied with his performance in this Test. Signs off by saying that he is looking forward to playing a lot more cricket for Zimbabwe.

Sean Williams, the Zimbabwe skipper, says that they are happy with the way they played. He also thanks Brendan Taylor for leading the team in his absence. Applauds the efforts put by Raza for bowling well in the first innings. Adds there are a lot of challenges with the field placing. Williams also says that it was difficult to motivate the boys. Mentions the new faces in the team gave their best. He also shares that the boys are excited for their tour of Bangladesh.

Oshada Fernando's departure did not create a panic situation in the visiting camp as Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews weathered the storm by playing everything that was thrown at them by the Zimbabwean bowlers. Mathews returned to the pavilion courtesy of a good catch by Craig Ervine. Kusal Mendis continued his good play and was ably supported by Dinesh Chandimal who played 75 balls for his 13 runs. Mendis also reached his 7th Test ton in the process. Stay tuned for the presentation...

In the final innings, on the final day, the writing was on the wall in terms of a result. Given that Raza took a 7-fer in the first innings, one might have expected an encore in the second, with the pitch turning. But this time, the Lankans had learnt their lesson. The batsmen dug in, spending time on the wicket, especially the likes of Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis and kept the bowlers at bay.

Coming to Sri Lanka, well, they underperformed in this game. They come from a region where playing spin is an art but they meekly surrendered to Raza's off spin in their first innings. They struggled with the ball in both innings, with the bowlers not being that penetrative.

Now, the saying goes that when an opportunity knocks on your door, do not close the door. Zimbabwe perhaps did that. They just could not get a sense of when to declare and kept on batting, in spite of poor forecast on Day 4, which perhaps, killed their chances of a win. Did they feel that Sri Lanka would chase down anything close to even 300 with 3-and-a-half sessions? A bit of more exposure and experience would have made them declare earlier.

They backed it up with a good bowling performance as well, with Raza using the spin on the track to good effect. His 7-fer floored the Lankans and helped the hosts get a lead of 113. Massive, in such circumstances.

Normally, once you get 400-plus on the board, it is very difficult to lose. And Zimbabwe got that total, batting first. Riding high on Sean Williams' century and a couple of half centuries from Sikandar Raza and Brendan Taylor, they did post a good total.

Finally, the game ends. Not surprisingly, in a tame draw. This was always on the cards after rain spoilt the show on Days 3 and 4 but credit to Zimbabwe for not bowing down.

86.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flighted delivery on off, Mendis keeps it out. So there is handshakes all around. THE MATCH ENDS IN A DRAW! SRI LANKA WIN THE SERIES 1-0!
86.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Kusal offers a solid defense on this one.
86.4
0
S Raza to K Mendis, Floated delivery on off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes just past first slip.
86.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis offers a solid defense on this one.
86.2
1
S Raza to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on off, Chandimal pushes it towards point for a single.
86.1
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
85.6
0
D Tiripano to K Mendis, Full and on off, Mendis drives it to mid off.
85.5
0
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Full and down the leg side, Dinesh misses the flick and the ball goes off the pads to the keeper who fails to collect it cleanly by going to his left. A leg bye taken.
85.4
2
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Length ball on off, Chandimal looks to defend it but gets squared up. The ball takes the leading edge and goes towards point for a couple.
85.3
0
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Length ball around off, Chandimal blocks it by coming on the back foot.
85.2
0
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Length ball outside off, Chandimal shoulders arms to it.
85.1
0
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Full delivery on off, Chandimal plays it to covers.
84.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, On middle, Mendis keeps it out.
84.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Kusal defends it off the front foot.
84.4
0
S Raza to Mendis, Full delivery on middle, Mendis drives it to mid on.
84.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Floated delivery on middle, Mendis nudges it to square leg.
84.2
4
S Raza to Mendis, FOUR! Excellent shot. Full delivery on off, Mendis drives it through mid off for a boundary. 200 up for Sri Lanka.
84.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on off, Mendis plays it to point.
83.6
1
D Tiripano to Mendis, Fuller one on middle and leg, Mendis flicks it wide of the mid on fielder and takes a run.
83.5
2
D Tiripano to K Mendis, Overpitched on off, Mendis drives it through mid on and takes an easy couple.
83.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Another one outside off, Mendis is not interested to play at it.
83.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Outside off and seamed away from the batsman. Mendis lets it be.
83.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball and just outside off, Mendis is aware of his off pole. He makes a leave there.
83.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball coming in on off, Mendis pushes it off the back foot towards covers.
82.6
0
Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery outside off, Chandimal comes forward to defend but misses it and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
82.5
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Floated delivery on middle, Chandimal flicks it to square leg.
82.4
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on middle, Dinesh blocks it off the front foot.
82.3
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Loopy delivery on off, Chandimal keeps it out.
82.2
0
S Raza to Chandimal, BEATEN! Flighted delivery just outside off, Chandimal looks to cut but misses it.
82.1
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.

DRINKS BREAK! This also signals the beginning of the last hour of the match. Almost 14 overs remain and still there are no signs of handshakes from either of the teams. See you on the other side of the break.

81.6
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, On a good length on middle, Kusal defends it off the back foot.
81.5
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Kusal blocks it off the front foot.
81.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis leaves it alone.
81.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Bowls a yorker on middle, Mendis digs it out.
81.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, On a good length and outside off, Mendis offers no shot to this one.
81.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis shoulders arms to this one.

Donald Tiripano is on now. 13-9-10-0 are his figures so far.