Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI: Zimbabwe edge Sri Lanka out in close fought affair
Craig Ervine put Zimbabwe on track for a win but it was a close affair, Chatara and Muzarabani crucial in restricting Sri Lanka leading to a 22 run for Zimbabwe today at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy.
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI, Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 280/9 (50 ov)
Zimbabwe 302/8 (50 ov)
Result - Zimbabwe won by 22 runs.
Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat, openers Takudzwanashe Kaitano (26) and Regis Chakabva (47) adding some runs before Jeffrey Vandersay (3/51) struck.
Craig Ervine (91) joined the fray though, smashing a massive half century, joined by Sean Williams (48) to get them back in control.
That wasn't all though, Sikandar Raza (56) adding a half century to see their innings to close at 302/8.
In response Sri Lanka struggled, as their openers were dismissed at the hands of Blessing Muzarabani (3/56) and Tendai Chatara (3/52).
However, Kamindu Mendis (57) and Dasun Shanaka (102*) scored some important runs to give them a chance.
It would all be in vain though, as Zimbabwe walked away with a 22 run win after a close battle.
Zimbabwe Fall of wickets: 1-59 (Takudzwanashe Kaitano - 9.4 ov), 2-90 (Regis Chakabva - 15.4 ov), 3-196 (Sean Williams - 32.6 ov), 4-205 (Wesley Madhevere - 35.3 ov), 5-256 (Craig Ervine - 43.5 ov), 6-297 (Ryan Burl - 48.6 ov), 7-298 (Wellington Masakadza - 49.2 ov), 8-302 (Sikandar Raza - 49.6 ov)
Sri Lanka Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Kusal Mendis - 4.4 ov), 2-25 (Pathum Nissanka - 5.5 ov), 3-31 (Dinesh Chandimal - 7.5 ov), 4-63 (Charith Asalanka - 14.3 ov), 5-181 (Kamindu Mendis - 34.3 ov), 6-247 (Dasun Shanaka - 44.4 ov), 7-266 (Chamika Karunaratne - 47.1 ov), 8-268 (Dushmantha Chameera - 48.1 ov), 9-273 (Jeffrey Vandersay - 49.2 ov)
Sri Lanka - Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(wk), Kamindu Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep
Zimbabwe - Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Regis Chakabva(wk), Craig Ervine(c), Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava
Start Time: 09:00
Toss: Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Raja Wimalasiri, Lyndon Hannibal, Rambukkana Rambukwella, Ranjan Madugalle
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