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    Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, Tri-Series, Match 4; As It Happened

    Graeme Cremer. (Getty Images)

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    TOSS: Zimbabwe opted to bat against Sri Lanka.

    Playing XIs:

    Zimbabwe: Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Peter Moor (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer (capt), Donald Tiripano, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chisoro

    Sri Lanka: Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (capt), Dasun Shanaka, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay

    Commentary (Zimbabwe innings)

    So just 13.3 overs of play today, let's hope the rain stays away in the coming games as things could get interesting. Zimbabwe might not mind this result at all as this has opened up the tournament with all the three teams in with a good chance of getting into the final. Let's see how the tri-series pans out from here. Do join us for the next game between Sri Lanka and West Indies on 23rd November at 1300 IST. Until then, it's goodbye and take care!

    1835 IST - The match has been ABANDONED! The outfield had already taken a beating and the rain has ensured we do not get any more play. The umpires said that they went off the field due to lightning but the rain followed soon. They thought that the ground did well to recover in time but sadly the rain had the final say. Both teams share a couple of points each as a result.

    1800 IST - Nothing much to share, there will be another inspection in about half an hour. Hope they get the outfield ready till then. Stay tuned for the next inspection at 1830 IST!

    1715 IST - There was an inspection sometime back. There is another one scheduled at 1740 IST. The outfield was already damp and has taken another beating. Let's hope for the best.

    1630 IST - The rain has relented and the covers are being taken off. Let's wait for the news on the outfield though. The cut-off time for the game is 1930 IST. Stay tuned.

    1545 IST - The rain is back, very light and the covers are back on the field. The wait prolongs......

    1500 IST - The rain seems to have eased off but there are huge puddles on the field and it will take a marathon effort from the groundsmen to get the ground ready for play. Remember the outfield has already taken a lot of rain since yesterday. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

    1435 IST - It is absolutely pouring down and looks like we are in for a long delay. Stay tuned!

    1415 IST - The players are going off with a threat of downpour. The covers are on the field. It always looked on the cards. It has gone very dark at the ground. Lightning seems to be an issue too. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

    13.3 S Pathirana to C Ervine, Outside off, keeps very low, Ervine plays this through covers for a single. 55/2

    13.2 S Pathirana to C Ervine, FOUR! Poor work! Shorter outside off, Ervine goes back and slaps it through covers. Shanaka comes across from deep point, slides but fails to keep the ball in play and concedes a boundary. 54/2

    13.1 S Pathirana to C Ervine, Shorter on off, tucked towards square leg from his crease. 50/2

    12.6 D Shanaka to S Raza, Fuller outside off, comes in, Raza comes forward and defends it. 50/2

    12.5 D Shanaka to S Raza, Raza stands his crease and defends this one from his crease. 50/2

    The keeper is struggling with the bees on the ground.

    12.4 D Shanaka to S Raza, Full outside off, Raza goes for the drive but fails to connect. The keeper collects but the bowler is the only one appealing. 50/2

    12.3 D Shanaka to S Raza, Fuller outside off, Raza plays it towards covers from his crease off the outer half of the bat. 50/2

    12.2 D Shanaka to S Raza, Fuller outside off, Raza comes forward and defends it. 50/2

    12.2 D Shanaka to S Raza, WIDE! Sprays it full and wide outside off, left alone. 50 up for Zimbabwe! 50/2

    12.1 D Shanaka to S Raza, Outside off, left alone by Raza. 49/2

    11.6 S Pathirana to C Ervine, Ervine gets across and paddles it down to the fine leg region for a couple of runs. 49/2

    11.5 S Pathirana to C Ervine, What's going on? Another run out chance! Floated on middle, Ervine clips it towards mid-wicket and looks for a single. Raza sends him back late. The throw comes in from square leg but it does not hit the stumps and the keeper fumbles as well. Ervine dives to get back into his crease. Mendis was the fielder there. Had that hit the stumps or the keeper collected it cleanly, Ervine was a goner! 47/2

    11.4 S Pathirana to S Raza, Floated outside off, Raza drives it off the outer half towards gully for a single. 47/2

    11.3 S Pathirana to C Ervine, Turns it through mid-wicket for a quick single. 46/2

    11.2 S Pathirana to S Raza, Shorter outside off, Raza places it wide of the cover-point fielder for a single. 45/2

    The groundsmen are getting ready, expecting rains.

    11.1 S Pathirana to S Raza, Bowls it on off, Raza defends it from his crease. 44/2

    SACHITH PATHIRANA comes into the attack.

    10.6 de Silva to C Ervine, Floated on off, Ervine drives it to covers. 44/2

    10.5 de Silva to S Raza, Flatter on middle, Raza clips it towards mid-wicket for a single. 44/2

    10.4 de Silva to C Ervine, Outside off, pushed through covers for a single. 43/2

    10.3 de Silva to S Raza, Drives it through mid on for a single to get off the mark. 42/2

    SIKANDAR RAZA comes in to bat.

    10.2 de Silva to B Chari, OUT! RUN OUT! Rookie error by Chari! de Silva bowls it on middle and leg, Chari tucks it towards mid-wicket and looks for a single. He is way down the track and is sent back late by Craig Ervine. Kusal Mendis comes in from mid-wicket and fires the throw at the keeper who does the rest. Chari slipped a touch and dived to get back but was caught short of the crease. Very immature stuff by Chari. 41/2

    10.1 de Silva to C Ervine, Floated outside off, driven through mid off for a single. 41/1

    DHANANJAYA DE SILVA comes into the attack.

    Powerplay 2 is signaled by the umpire.

    9.6 D Shanaka to B Chari, Angled on a fuller length on off, comes in, worked through backward square leg for a couple of runs. 40/1

    9.5 D Shanaka to B Chari, Fuller outside off, Chari drives it hard but finds the fielder at short cover who dives to his right and stops it superbly. 38/1

    9.4 D Shanaka to C Ervine, Good length outside off, punched off the back foot towards point from his crease. There is a slight misfield and that allows a single. 38/1

    9.3 D Shanaka to B Chari, Outside off, dabbed behind point for a single. 37/1

    9.2 D Shanaka to B Chari, Too full outside off, Chari mistimes his drive towards mid on. He looks for a single but it is not on. 36/1

    9.1 D Shanaka to B Chari, Fuller outside off, Chari mistimes his drive on the bounce towards short cover. 36/1

    DASUN SHANAKA is brought into the attack.

    8.6 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Outside off on a length, dabbed down to third man for a single. 36/1

    8.5 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Length ball on off, Ervine flicks it nicely through mid-wicket for a run. 35/1

    Play held up as the landing area for the bowlers seems to be under the scanner. The hammer is out in the middle. The batsmen take an unofficial drinks break.

    8.4 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Ervine pushes it towards point from his crease. A direct hit at the non-striker's end but no harm done. 34/1

    8.3 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Length ball on the pads, Chari fails to clip and the ball goes towards short fine leg for a leg bye. Chari wanted to hit that too hard and hence failed to put bat to ball. 34/1

    8.2 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Fuller on off, Ervine pushes it in the air towards mid on from the inside half of the bat. A single taken. 33/1

    8.1 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Slants on a length outside off, Ervine lunges forward and defends it. 32/1

    7.6 S Lakmal to C Ervine, Bowls it on middle and leg, comes in, Ervine works it through mid-wicket for a single. He signals to the dressing room that he wants to get rid of the jumper. 32/1

    7.5 S Lakmal to C Ervine, Fuller length on off, Ervine keeps it out from his crease. 31/1

    7.4 S Lakmal to C Ervine, Outside off on a length, Ervine defends it from his crease. 31/1

    7.3 S Lakmal to C Ervine, FOUR! Slapped! Lakmal dishes out a short and wide one outside off, Ervine slaps it through covers for a boundary. 31/1

    7.2 S Lakmal to C Ervine, Goes round the wicket, comes in with the angle, Ervine mistimes his on drive towards mid on. 27/1

    7.1 S Lakmal to C Ervine, FOUR! In the gap! Good length outside off, Ervine presses forward and crashes it through cover-point for a boundary. That wasn't hit well, it bounced off the pitch but he hit that one in the gap. 27/1

    6.6 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Brings this one in from outside off, Chari defends it back down the wicket. 23/1

    6.5 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Bowls it on middle, comes in, Ervine tucks it towards square leg for a run to get off the mark. 23/1

    6.4 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Fuller on off, comes in late, Ervine pushes it in the air towards mid on but no harm done. 22/1

    6.3 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Fuller outside off, Ervine mistimes his drive towards mid off. 22/1

    6.2 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Bowls it on middle, shapes away a touch, Ervine defends it from his crease. 22/1

    6.1 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Chari comes forward and pushes this to covers for a single. 22/1

    5.6 S Lakmal to C Ervine, Slanted across on a length on off, left alone by Ervine. 21/1

    5.5 S Lakmal to C Ervine, Outside off, Ervine comes forward to defend but mistimes it back down the wicket. 21/1

    5.4 S Lakmal to C Ervine, On a length on off, comes in a touch, Ervine defends it back down the wicket. 21/1

    5.3 S Lakmal to C Ervine, Fuller on off, Ervine comes forward and pushes it to mid off. 21/1

    5.2 S Lakmal to C Ervine, Slanted on a length across Ervine who lets it go safely. That was well left. 21/1

    5.1 S Lakmal to B Chari, EDGED! Outside off, shapes away, Chari comes forward to defend but gets an outside edge through gully for a single. 21/1

    4.6 N Kulasekara to C Ervine, Good length on off, Ervine defends it from his crease. 20/1

    CRAIG ERVINE walks in at number 3.

    4.5 N Kulasekara to C Chibhabha, OUT! PLUMB! Bowls it outside off, comes in a touch, Chibhabha looks to clip it but misses and is rapped on the pads. The players go up in an appeal and the umpire upholds it. Chibhabha has a chat with Chari but does not take the review. Replays confirm the ball was hitting the leg stump. Kulasekara strikes for Sri Lanka, nice set up by him. He bowled many that went away and brought this one in! 20/1

    4.4 N Kulasekara to C Chibhabha, FOUR! EXTRAVAGANT! Fuller outside off, Chibhabha again waits for it and crashes it through covers for a boundary. Superbly hit. 20/0

    4.3 N Kulasekara to C Chibhabha, Bowls it outside off, left alone by Chibhabha. 16/0

    Square leg in place now as fine leg goes a bit deep. Mid-wicket comes over to first slip.

    4.2 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Fuller outside off, driven past the diving cover fielder for a single as the mid off fielder goes to his left and stops it. 16/0

    4.1 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Bowls the inswinger from outside off, Chari comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto his body. 15/0

    4.1 N Kulasekara to B Chari, WIDE! Full and sliding down leg, Chari looks to clip it away but misses. A wide signaled. 15/0

    3.6 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Waits for this shorter one to come and guides it towards point from his crease. Maiden from Lakmal! 14/0

    3.5 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Good length outside off, Chibhabha comes forward and defends it. 14/0

    3.4 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Fuller outside off, Chibhabha drives it hard but finds the fielder at short cover. 14/0

    3.3 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, This time Chibhabha lets it go through safely. 14/0

    3.2 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Full again outside off, Chibhabha drives it to mid off from his crease off the inner half of the bat. 14/0

    3.1 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, BEATEN! Bowls it outside off, Chibhabha looks to drive but is beaten by the away swing on that one. 14/0

    2.6 N Kulasekara to B Chari, On a length on middle and leg, Chari clips it toward short fine leg. 14/0

    2.5 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Good length on off, Chari defends it from his crease. 14/0

    2.4 N Kulasekara to B Chari, FOUR! CRASHED! Full outside off, asking to be hit, Chari obliges and thumps it hard through covers for a boundary. Superb shot, that! 14/0

    2.4 N Kulasekara to B Chari, WIDE! Slips this one down the leg side for a wide. 10/0

    2.3 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Comes forward and pushes it to covers. 9/0

    2.2 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Shout for an lbw but not given! Angled on a length outside off, comes in sharply, Chari is hit on his back leg as he fails to defend it. Loud appeal from the bowler but nothing from the umpire. Replays confirm it was missing the stumps. 9/0

    2.1 N Kulasekara to B Chari, FOUR LEG BYES! Bowls it on middle, Chari looks to clip but gets it off the pads as the ball runs down to the fine leg fence. Lakmal tried to stop it from short fine leg but dived over the ball. 9/0

    1.6 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, On a length on off, Chibhabha defends it towards square leg from his crease. 5/0

    1.5 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Length ball on off, Chibhabha tucks it towards mid-wicket from his crease. 5/0

    1.4 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Fuller outside off, Chibhabha drives it towards covers from his crease. 5/0

    1.3 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Fuller outside off, driven back down the wicket by Chibhabha. Lakmal collects with his right hand and fires it back past the batsman. Not needed from Lakmal, could have just booked a meeting with the officials later. 5/0

    1.2 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Good shot! On a length outside off, Chibhabha stands tall and punches it through covers. Two runs taken. 5/0

    1.1 S Lakmal to C Chibhabha, Good length on middle, Chibhabha tucks it through backward square leg. Calls for a couple and completes them easily. 3/0

    SURANGA LAKMAL is the bowler from the other end.

    0.6 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Gets across the line and pushes it towards mid on but not for any runs. 1/0

    0.5 N Kulasekara to B Chari, BEATEN! Outside off, does not get up much, Chari comes down a touch and looks to play it through covers but misses and the ball dies down to the keeper. Signs of things to follow? 1/0

    0.4 N Kulasekara to B Chari, On a length outside off, Chari comes forward and pushes it towards covers. 1/0

    0.4 N Kulasekara to B Chari, WIDE! Slips this one down the leg side, Chari cannot clip it. The ball dies down to the keeper. A wide is signaled. 1/0

    0.3 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Outside off on a length, Chari comes forward and defends it. 0/0

    0.2 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Pitched up outside off, Chari comes forward and pushes it towards mid off. 0/0

    0.1 N Kulasekara to B Chari, Fuller outside off, Chari comes forward and pushes it towards cover-point. 0/0