Sri Lanka Wins Tri-Nation Series Beating Zimbabwe

by Toqui Tahmid | Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2016 | 0

After winning the toss Zimbabwe opted to bat first only to score 160 in 36.3 overs loosing all 10 wickets. On which Sri Lanka took one over more than the host team to chase loosing 4 wickets.

Sri Lanka did not start well to chase the score. Brain Vettori who was called to the best XI again after a break presented some splendid spells and sent off the first 3 top order batsmen- DM de Silva, Kushal Perera, and N. Dickwella.

After this, Upul Tharanga, captain in absence of Mathews, made a defensive partnership of 75 runs with Kusal Mendis. Man of the series winner Medis made a colourful 57 facing 72 ball with ten shots of 4’s and no sixes. After Cremer sent him off, Tharanga did the rest easily with Gunaratne.

Tharanga was unbeaten in 57 run and took out the match a six. He hit six 4’s and a 6 that got him 98 runs. Partnering with the captain, Gunaratne was also unbeaten at 16 runs. The winning partnership added 49 runs to the winners scorecard.

Zimbabwean left-arm pacer Vittori took 3 wickets in row giving 52 runs. Grayem Cremer took the other wicket.

Before this, Zimbabwe could not gather much capital for the fight when their top order collapsed. There was no significant partnership too.The only 50-run partnership was from debutante Tarisai Masakanda and Craig Arvin.

Masakanda with 36 runs from his bat was the highest collector for the host side. The next high scorer was Sean Williams with 35 runs. None other than those two could cross thirty runs in the match.

In two overs, Gunaratne sent three of the Zimbabwean batsmen which collapsed the Zimbabwean team. Vandersay to another 3 wickets giving 50 runs. After the aggressive performance from the bowlers, batters could do the rest easily.

The whole series was a rain troubled one. Zimbabwe won their ticket to finals in a Duck-worth Lewis after rain cut short the match. Friday night and Saturday day was stormy with heavy rain. Some even predicted that the second innings could again be hampered by rain and could lead to another Duck-wort Lewis system. Thanks to the weather that shone at last and let the series finish successfully.

Short Scorecard


160 runs from 36.3 overs (Masakadza 10, Moor 1, Maskanda 36, Arvin 25, Raza 5, Williams 35, Waller 14, Cremer 9, Tipiparo 10, Chisoro 5, Vittori 0; Kulasekara 1/30, Lakmal 1/23, Pathirana 2/26, Shanaka 0/18, Vandersay 3/50, Gunaratne 3/10)


Sri Lanka

166 runs from 37.3 overs (de Silava 0, Pererra 14, Dickwella 16, Mendis 57*, Gunaratne 16*; Vittori 3/52, Tiripano 0/14, Chisoro 0/31, Cremer 1/32, Williams 0/22, Raza 0/13

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This is Toqui Tahmid a webmaster and sports reporter at Tsmplug

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