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    Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka: Tri-Series, Final: As It Happened

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    Toss

    Zimbabwe have won the toss and have opted to bat first.

    Squads

    Zimbabwe: Malcolm Waller, Hamilton Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Tarisai Musakanda, Peter Moor(w), Graeme Cremer(c), Donald Tiripano, Brian Chari, Tendai Chisoro

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

    Commentary (Sri Lanka innings)

    That is all we have for you from the tri-series in Zimbabwe. Hopefully you enjoyed the coverage. Not much international cricket for a few days now, with only the third India-England Test taking place, where the momentum has been shifting sides. Do tune in to that game as it goes into a decisive Day 3 on Monday. Adios! Take Care!

    Right then! That ends an exciting tri-series. Not many would have predicted that at the start, but Zimbabwe played really well to prove everyone wrong. They will look to use this as a stepping stone for future games. West Indies will be disappointed on failing three times in a row to close out games from a winning position while Sri Lanka will be happy with the way their newbies played.

    Victorious Sri Lankan captain, UPUL THARANGA is happy with the winning moment. Credits his team for the win. He admits that there was some nervousness when they lost three quick wickets but they also knew that they needed just one good partnership and himself and Mendis achieved that. Praises the new guys in his team and also the support staff. On the upcoming tour of South Africa, he honestly says that it will be a difficult series and his team needs to work harder.

    KUSAL MENDIS HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH AND SERIES. Says that he is very happy. Adds that the pitch was very good to bat upon and his team bowled very well. Further says that he enjoyed this series as this is his first Man Of The Series award.

    Zimbabwean skipper, GRAEME CREMER says that he is happy with the fact of having made it to the final but is disappointed with the result. Admits that it was difficult to bat and they lost too many wickets upfront. Praises the debutant Musakanda and is impressed with Vitori's pace. Feels that the team spirit is up and there is the hunger to win. Thanks the crowd for turning up and supporting his team.

    It was a different story for the home side with the bat today. There was no fairy tale. Cremer chose to bat under overcast conditions, with the hope that his team can make use of the slowness of the pitch in the afternoon but his batsmen could not survive against the Lankan bowling. There was a brief 53-run stand for the third wicket between Musakanda and Ervine but once the latter was dismissed, they kept losing wickets at regular intervals, ending up with a below-par total. Stay tuned for the post-match presentation.

    A totally forgettable match for Zimbabwe, given the series that they have had. 160 was just too less a total to defend and the bowlers were not able to create the impact they had in the previous matches. Cremer was economical but the rest were not that impressive after Vitori's early burst.

    The comeback man, Brian Vitori, made his presence felt. He struck thrice in the first 6 overs and for a moment it seemed like Sri Lanka were under pressure. But Kusal Mendis and Upul Tharanga calmed the nerves. The former went on a bit of a counter-attack and got the field spread while the skipper ensured that there was no more loss of wickets. The duo staged a 75-run stand for the 4th wicket which nearly sealed the game. Tharanga went on to get his half century to get something noteworthy for himself from this series.

    Comprehensive win for Sri Lanka. The result was never in doubt after they bowled Zimbabwe out for 160, but a few cheap wickets early on did give some hopes to the home side.

    37.3 S Raza to U Tharanga, SIX! That is the end of the match! Flighted outside off, Tharanga comes down the track and lofts it dead straight down the ground for a biggie to seal the game. SRI LANKA WIN BY 6 WICKETS AND 75 BALLS TO SPARE! 166/4

    30th ODI Fifty for Upul Tharanga, 3rd vs Zimbabwe.

    37.2 S Raza to U Tharanga, FOUR! There is his half century. Full on middle and off, Tharanga gets down and slogs this over mid-wicket. The ball trickles into the ropes. Just a run needed now... 160/4

    37.1 S Raza to U Tharanga, Comes down the track and defends it towards cover. 156/4

    36.6 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Tossed up outside off, UT slogs hard but mistimes it, just over Waller at mid on. Just a single taken. 156/4

    36.5 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, FOUR! Nicely done. Comes down the track, gets to the pitch and swings it wide of mid on. Malcolm Waller dives to his left but the ball goes away from him. 6 more needed to win from 79 balls now. 155/4

    36.4 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, Upul looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. Impact well outside off as the LBW appeal dies down. 151/4

    36.3 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Around middle and leg, worked towards square leg. 151/4

    36.2 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Stays back and defends. 151/4

    36.1 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Flighted outside off, Tharanga comes down the track to drive but yorks himself and hits it back to the bowler instead. 151/4

    35.6 S Raza to U Tharanga, Short and outside off, cut through point for a single. 151/4

    35.5 S Raza to U Tharanga, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 150/4

    35.4 S Raza to U Tharanga, Short and outside off, the late cut comes out now, but it is straight to short third man. 150/4

    35.3 S Raza to U Tharanga, Outside off, Upul taps and starts to run but then changes his mind. 150/4

    35.2 S Raza to U Tharanga, Fuller again, this time he defends watchfully. 150/4

    35.1 S Raza to U Tharanga, Full and around off, Tharanga goes inside out and drives it straight to extra cover. 150/4

    34.6 T Chisoro to A Gunaratne, Full and around middle, pushed towards short mid-wicket. 150/4

    34.5 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 150/4

    34.4 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Short and outside off, punched towards short extra cover. 149/4

    34.3 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, FOUR! Hat-trick of boundaries! Tharanga is in a hurry now. Dropped short around middle, he quickly rocks back and heaves it over square leg for the third boundary on the trot. The stand is worth 32 from 42 balls. Tharanga moves to 40. Can he get to his half century? 149/4

    34.2 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, FOUR! Flamboyant! Full and outside off, Upul comes forward and just pushes this through the covers. The timing is excellent and the ball races away. 16 more needed from 94 balls now. 145/4

    34.1 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, FOUR! A rare boundary for the Lankan skipper. A short ball outside off, Tharange goes back and punches it between cover and point. No one in the deep. Moves to 32 from 79 balls. 141/4

    33.6 S Raza to U Tharanga, Full and wide outside off, Upul leans and drives it through point for a run. The stand moves to 20. 137/4

    33.5 S Raza to U Tharanga, Full and on off, watchfully pushed out. 136/4

    33.4 S Raza to U Tharanga, Tossed up outside off, Tharanga lunges and defends. 136/4

    33.3 S Raza to A Gunaratne, On middle and leg, worked through square leg for a single. 136/4

    33.2 S Raza to A Gunaratne, Full and on middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket. 135/4

    33.1 S Raza to A Gunaratne, Landed outside off, spinning in, worked towards short mid-wicket. 135/4

    SIKANDAR RAZA comes on for the final rites.

    32.6 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Landed outside off, spinning in, worked towards short mid-wicket. 135/4

    32.5 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Another flighted ball outside off, Upul leans and drives the ball towards cover once more. 135/4

    32.4 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover again. 135/4

    32.3 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, A long hop outside off, punched straight to cover. 135/4

    32.2 T Chisoro to A Gunaratne, Goes back and works this through square leg for a single. 135/4

    32.1 T Chisoro to A Gunaratne, Short and outside off, Gunaratne looks to cut but the ball spins away and he does not move his feet, hence gets a bottom edge. 134/4

    31.6 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Short and outside off, spinning away, cut towards sweeper cover for a run. 134/4

    31.5 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Landed outside off, pushed towards point for a single. 133/4

    31.4 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Full on middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket. 132/4

    31.3 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Excellent work from Malcolm Waller. Short and outside off, Gunaratne goes back and waits for the ball to come to him, then steers it to third man. The ball races to the fence but Waller tracks it down from backward point and slides near the fence to save a run. 29 more needed from 111 balls now. 132/4

    31.2 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Around middle and leg, blocked carefully. 129/4

    31.1 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Pitched outside leg, watchfully defended. 129/4

    30.6 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, It's been driven superbly through the covers. 129/4

    30.5 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover. 129/4

    30.4 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. 129/4

    30.3 T Chisoro to A Gunaratne, Landed outside off again, pushed past the bowler towards long off for a runn. 129/4

    30.2 T Chisoro to A Gunaratne, Full on middle, pushed back to the bowler. 128/4

    30.1 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, pushed down to long on for a single. 128/4

    TENDAI CHISORO comes back on, replacing Vitori. A leg gully in place.

    29.6 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, The googly around off, watchfully defended. 127/4

    29.5 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Outstanding! Zimbabwe have given us a fielding display today. Short and outside off, Gunaratne cuts it through point where Malcolm Waller throws himself to his right and stops it one-handed. 127/4

    29.4 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Floated outside off, pushed wide of mid off for a run. The stand is worth 10 from 13 balls. 127/4

    29.3 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Good shot. Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single. 126/4

    29.2 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Around middle again, watchfully defended. 125/4

    29.1 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Full on middle, defended towards short mid-wicket. 125/4

    28.6 B Vitori to A Gunaratne, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. Three runs added to the total. 125/4

    28.5 B Vitori to A Gunaratne, Full and outside off, Asela mistimes his drive towards mid off. 122/4

    28.4 B Vitori to A Gunaratne, Played to the point region by the batsman. 122/4

    28.3 B Vitori to A Gunaratne, FOUR! Fantastic! That is a good shot, even though it is a juicy full toss. Gunaratne leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary. 39 more needed from 129 balls now. 122/4

    28.2 B Vitori to A Gunaratne, Pushes this straight to mid on. 118/4

    28.1 B Vitori to A Gunaratne, Full and straight, watchfully defended. 118/4

    27.6 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 118/4

    27.5 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, The batsman has driven it through mid on. One run added to the total. 118/4

    27.4 G Cremer to A Gunaratne, Full on middle, pushed through to mid on. 117/4

    ASELA GUNARATNE walks in at number 6, replacing Mendis.

    27.3 G Cremer to K Mendis, OUT! That is a super catch under pressure! A full ball outside off, Mendis gets down and plays the slog sweep. Seems to have connected well but Sean Williams watches the ball till the last moment at the square leg fence, waits and waits and waits and at the last moment, leaps to take the catch. While landing, he goes back a bit due to the momentum but ensures that he does not touch the ropes. The umpires refer it though, to the third umpire and replays give Williams a clean chit. He has been a livewire today on the field. End of a match-winning innings from Mendis. Just 44 more needed for the trophy now. 117/4

    Mendis has been caught! But has Williams touched the rope? Referred upstairs.... the soft signal is out.

    27.2 G Cremer to K Mendis, Full on middle, pushed through to mid on. 117/3

    27.1 G Cremer to K Mendis, A short ball, pulled over mid-wicket fro a couple. 117/3

    26.6 B Vitori to U Tharanga, Short and outside off, cut straight to point. 115/3

    26.5 B Vitori to K Mendis, Slightly short of a fuller length this time, around off, angling away, pushed wide of mid off for a run. 115/3

    26.4 B Vitori to K Mendis, Full and outside off, Mendis drives it nicely through the covers but Sean Williams throws himself to his right and half-stops the ball. Mid off gets around to mop. 114/3

    26.3 B Vitori to K Mendis, On a good length on middle, defended calmly towards short mid-wicket. 114/3

    26.2 B Vitori to U Tharanga, Landed outside off, nicely driven through the covers for a single. 114/3

    26.1 B Vitori to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, watchfully pushed towards cover. 113/3

    BRIAN VITORI comes back on as Cremer pushes for a last bid for a change of momentum.

    DRINKS BREAK.

    25.6 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Landed outside off, Tharanga goes back and guides it to third man for three runs. 48 more needed from 144 balls now. The stand is worth 71. 113/3

    25.5 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, watchfully defended. 110/3

    25.4 G Cremer to U Tharanga, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 110/3

    25.3 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Comes forward and pushes it to the bowler. 110/3

    25.2 G Cremer to K Mendis, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single. 110/3

    7th ODI fifty for Kusal Mendis!

    25.1 G Cremer to K Mendis, FOUR! Fine shot to get to his half century! It has been a very controlled innings. Taken control and responsibility. Full and around off, Mendis gets down and sweeps it behind square leg for a boundary! 109/3

    24.6 S Williams to U Tharanga, Short and on off, Tharanga cuts it straight to point. 105/3

    24.5 S Williams to U Tharanga, Loopy and outside off, defended off the front foot to covers. 105/3

    24.4 S Williams to U Tharanga, Quicker one on middle, defended from the crease. 105/3

    24.3 S Williams to U Tharanga, Turns it off his pads to mid-wicket. 105/3

    24.2 S Williams to K Mendis, Tossed up ball outside off, tapped down towards point for one. Moves to 49! 105/3

    24.1 S Williams to K Mendis, FOUR! Fine shot! Loopy full ball on off, bowled from wide of the crease and it spins away after landing, Mendis leans forward and plays a lovely inside-out shot over covers for a boundary. 104/3

    23.6 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Flatter one on off, defended down safely to end the over. 100/3

    23.5 G Cremer to K Mendis, Gets on the front foot to a full ball and drives it to long off for one. 100/3

    23.4 G Cremer to K Mendis, Slow loopy ball on middle, Mendis lunges and defends. 99/3

    23.3 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Not out! Flighted and on off, Tharanga bunts it to mid off and scampers across for a quick single. There is a direct hit at the non-striker's end, they appeal and it's referred upstairs. Safely in, confirms the replay. 99/3

    Direct hit! Is Tharanga in trouble? Referred upstairs...

    23.2 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Turns it on the leg side, with the spin but straight to short leg. 98/3

    23.1 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Full and on middle, driven towards mid on. 98/3

    22.6 S Williams to K Mendis, Walks down to the pitch of the ball and pushes it to the off side. 98/3

    22.5 S Williams to U Tharanga, DROPPED BY MASAKADZA! Williams serves a loopy delivery around off, Tharanga fails to time his flick shot and plays it in the air towards short mid-wicket. Masakadza attempts for the catch with a dive to his right but fails to grab it with his one hand. He parries it behind and they cross for a single. 98/3

    22.4 S Williams to U Tharanga, Tossed up ball on off, a touch on the shorter side, Tharanga tries to cut but the ball spins back in a bit to cramp him for room and strikes him on the gloves. 97/3

    22.3 S Williams to U Tharanga, Flighted and on off, spinning in, Tharanga defends it off the inner half of the bat. 97/3

    22.2 S Williams to U Tharanga, Slower through the air, full and on middle, holding up a bit, Tharanga tries to turn it on the leg side but gets a little leading edge towards the off side. 97/3

    22.1 S Williams to K Mendis, Quicker one darted around leg, Mendis sweeps it to deep square leg for a single. 97/3

    21.6 G Cremer to K Mendis, Flighted ball outside off, driven through covers for a single. 96/3

    21.5 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Finally a run for Tharanga after 18 balls! Short and on middle, he gets back and pulls it through square leg for a single. 95/3

    21.4 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Strides forward to a full ball and defends it with the spin to the leg side. 94/3

    21.3 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Too full in length and on middle, Tharanga digs it out back to the bowler. He has gone into a shell here. 94/3

    21.2 G Cremer to K Mendis, Flighted and outside off, driven off the front foot through mid off for a single. 94/3

    21.1 G Cremer to K Mendis, A touch short and on middle, Mendis pulls it across the line and the short mid-wicket fielder dives to stop it with a dive to his right. 93/3

    20.6 S Williams to U Tharanga, Another dot ball played by Tharanga. He is clearly struggling and have not scored of the last 16 balls he has faced. 93/3

    20.5 S Williams to U Tharanga, Loopy and outside off, Upul drives it off his front foot to mid off. 93/3

    20.4 S Williams to K Mendis, Turns it off his pads to the leg side, finds the gap at square leg and takes a single. 93/3

    20.3 S Williams to K Mendis, Quicker one on off, defended off the front foot. 92/3

    20.2 S Williams to K Mendis, Floated on off, Mendis steps forward and pushes it back to the bowler. 92/3

    20.1 S Williams to K Mendis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 92/3

    19.6 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Goes back inside the crease and works it to mid-wicket. 92/3

    19.5 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Play and a miss! Excellent delivery, a well-disguised googly again, around off and spinning away, Tharanga strides in to defend but it goes past the inside edge. Good take by Moor! 92/3

    19.4 G Cremer to U Tharanga, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 92/3

    19.3 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Plays with the spin, flicks it across the line but finds mid-wicket. 92/3

    19.2 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Spinning down, Tharanga tries flicking but misses and is hit on the thigh pad. Struggling, the Sri Lankan skipper. 92/3

    19.1 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Googly and once again Tharanga fails to pick it. Closes the face of the bat early and it takes the leading edge. Lobs up but falls safely at covers. 92/3

    18.6 S Williams to K Mendis, Quicker one, skidding in off the surface from around off, Mendis brings his bat down late and keeps it out towards point. 92/3

    18.5 S Williams to K Mendis, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 92/3

    18.4 S Williams to K Mendis, Flighted full on off, Mendis lunges to block it down safely. 92/3

    18.3 S Williams to K Mendis, Gets back to a shortish ball and punches it to covers. 92/3

    18.2 S Williams to K Mendis, Tossed up ball on off, driven back to the bowler. 92/3

    50-run stand is up in just 72 balls!

    18.1 S Williams to K Mendis, FOUR! Handy stand! Williams serves a full ball on middle, Mendis kneels and nails his sweep shot behind square leg for a boundary. Finally runs for Sri Lanka after 14 dot balls. 92/3

    17.6 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, driven off the front foot to covers. Another maiden! 88/3

    17.5 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Aerial but safe! Probably another googly, around middle, Tharanga tries to flick but closes the face of the bat early. It pops out off the leading edge and loops over the bowler's head. Cremer is slow in reacting and doesn't put in any effort. 88/3

    17.4 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Googly around off, spinning away, since it's a bit on the shorter side, Tharanga gets an extra second to adjust. Keeps it out towards point. 88/3

    17.3 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Loopy and on off, Tharanga plays it with the spin to the leg side, it goes on one bounce to short leg. 88/3

    17.2 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Full floated on off, hit down the ground but straight to mid off. 88/3

    17.1 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Flighted and outside off, driven off the front foot to extra cover where Williams made a partial stop. 88/3

    16.6 S Williams to K Mendis, Another copybook forward defense to end the over. FIRST MAIDEN OF THE MATCH! 88/3

    16.5 S Williams to K Mendis, Loopy and on off, Mendis gets forward and defends it under his watchful eyes. 88/3

    16.4 S Williams to K Mendis, Strides forward again to a full ball and pushes it to covers, once again straight to the fielder. 88/3

    16.3 S Williams to K Mendis, Darts in a very full ball around leg, Mendis tries to flick but gets a little leading edge on the off side. 88/3

    16.2 S Williams to K Mendis, Tossed up ball on off, Mendis strides forward and defends it off the upper half of the bat. 88/3

    16.1 S Williams to K Mendis, Floated one, too full in length on off, Kusal pushes it off his front foot to covers. 88/3

    15.6 G Cremer to U Tharanga, A touch flatter and on off, Tharanga remains back footed as he pushes it back to the bowler. 88/3

    15.5 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Flighted and on off, defended back to the bowler. 88/3

    15.4 G Cremer to K Mendis, Tossed up ball outside off, too full in length, Mendis drives it firmly through covers for one. 88/3

    15.3 G Cremer to K Mendis, FOUR! Shot! Cremer fails to land his delivery this time and serves a juicy full toss on middle, Mendis goes down on one knee and sweeps it firmly through backward square leg for a boundary. 87/3

    15.2 G Cremer to K Mendis, Loopy full ball on off, spinning in a bit, Mendis lunges and defends it down. 83/3

    15.1 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Tossed up ball outside off, Tharanga taps it down towards point for a single. 83/3

    A bit of a delay as Craig Ervine gets a protective gear on. He comes in under the lid at short leg.

    14.6 S Williams to U Tharanga, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 82/3

    14.5 S Williams to U Tharanga, FOUR! Terrible misfield by the debutant, Tarisai Musakanda. Flatter and fuller on middle, Tharanga forces it straight down and Williams gets down to attempt to stop the ball. The non-striker immediately reacts and tries to return and in the process loses his bat. The bowler fails to make the stop and it whizzes past the stumps. The long on fielder moves across to his right to make the stop but makes a complete mess and lets it through his legs to the fence. 81/3

    14.4 S Williams to U Tharanga, Poor delivery, short and wide outside off, Tharanga camps back and cuts it through the gap between cover-point and backward point. The fielders give the chase and one of them goes quicker to stop the ball. A couple of runs taken. 77/3

    14.3 S Williams to K Mendis, Full toss this time, around off, Mendis strokes it off his front foot through covers for a single. 75/3

    14.2 S Williams to K Mendis, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 74/3

    14.2 S Williams to K Mendis, Wide! Williams comes from around the wicket, bowls it from wide of the crease and delivers it down the leg side. It spins a shade as Mendis fails to sweep. The umpire stretches his arms. 74/3

    14.1 S Williams to U Tharanga, Loopy and full around off, Upul gets forward and drives it back past the bowler to long on for a single. 73/3

    SEAN WILLIAMS comes on to bowl now.

    13.6 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Turn and bounce into the left-hander from around off, Tharanga tries defending it by getting forward but it spins in to catch the inside edge. It goes through the vacant short leg region and they cross for a single. 72/3

    13.5 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 71/3

    13.4 G Cremer to K Mendis, Too full on this occasion, hence not enough opportunity to spin, around middle, Mendis gets forward and forces it through mid off for a single. 71/3

    13.3 G Cremer to K Mendis, Beauty of a delivery! A good loop given by Cremer, it drifts into the batsman and lands around off, Mendis draws forward to play the trajectory but it spins away to beat the outside edge. Top stuff! 70/3

    13.2 G Cremer to K Mendis, Floated full ball on leg, pushed off the front foot to mid on. 70/3

    13.1 G Cremer to U Tharanga, Tossed up ball outside off, driven through covers for an easy run. 70/3

    GRAEME CREMER comes back on to bowl.

    12.6 B Vitori to K Mendis, FOUR! Spoils a good over. Vitori angles across a full ball outside off, Mendis strides forward and sweetly times his cover drive. The placement this time is exquisite as well and it beats the diving cover fielder inside the ring. 69/3

    12.5 B Vitori to K Mendis, Top fielding! Mendis once again comes up with a scorching cover drive but this time Williams dives full length stop the racing ball. Must be frustrating for the batsman. 65/3

    12.4 B Vitori to K Mendis, Fuller and closer around middle and off, Mendis plays a compact shot, pushing it towards mid off without much of a front foot movement. 65/3

    12.3 B Vitori to K Mendis, Angles across a full ball on off, Kusal opens the face of the bat a bit and pushes it straight towards point. 65/3

    12.2 B Vitori to K Mendis, Lands it very full and outside off, Mendis plays a crunching drive off his front foot but the cover-point fielder dives to his right to stop the ball from racing away. Terrific effort! 65/3

    12.1 B Vitori to K Mendis, Good line, on a fuller length and around middle, a hint of inward shape, Mendis gets forward and defends it near his front pad. 65/3

    11.6 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Full floated ball on off, driven firmly down to mid off where the fielder made a tumbling stop. 65/3

    11.6 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Wide! Fires a quicker one down the leg side, Tharanga allows it through. The keeper appeals for an lbw again, not sure why? 65/3

    11.5 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Tickles it off his pads to the on side but finds the fielder at square leg. 64/3

    11.4 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Stifled appeal for an lbw as Tharanga fails to work it across the line off his pads. Missing leg easily. 64/3

    11.3 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Too full in length and on off, Mendis eases it through mid off and rotates the strike. Too easy for the batsmen. Graeme Cremer should get the field up and choke up easy singles. 64/3

    11.2 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Knocks a full ball down through mid on for a single. 63/3

    11.1 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Loopy ball landing outside off, slower through the air and spinning in a shade, Tharanga gets forward to defend but misses and is hit on the front pad. They appeal but the impact is outside off. 62/3

    11.1 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Wide! Flighted ball down the leg side, left alone by Tharanga. 62/3

    10.6 B Vitori to K Mendis, FOUR! An overpitched ball this time, around off, Mendis takes a positive stride forward and drives it crisply through the gap at covers for a boundary. Exactly 100 needed for a win now. 61/3

    10.5 B Vitori to K Mendis, Fullish and around off, Mendis defends it off his front foot to cover-point. 57/3

    10.4 B Vitori to K Mendis, Angles across a length delivery outside off, leaving the right-hander, Mendis covers the line and shoulders arms. 57/3

    10.3 B Vitori to K Mendis, Pitches it full and just around off, Kusal drives it off his front foot but straight to covers. 57/3

    10.2 B Vitori to U Tharanga, In the air... Back of a length delivery outside off, Tharanga opts for the cut shot but fails to keep it down. It goes past the diving gully fielder to third man. A single taken. 57/3

    10.1 B Vitori to U Tharanga, Drops it on a fuller length around off, Tharanga gets forward and plays it away off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket. 56/3

    POWERPLAY 2 signalled. 4 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.

    9.6 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Lunges to a full ball and pushes it down towards mid on. 56/3

    9.5 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Quicker one on the pads, Mendis fails to get it away. 56/3

    9.4 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Uppish but safe! Loopy ball again, drifting in and gripping the surface before spinning away, Mendis plays an uppish drive towards covers. 56/3

    9.3 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Full in length and on middle, tickled in the gap at mid-wicket for one. 56/3

    9.2 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Loopy full ball on middle, it's flicked across the line but straight to mid on this time. 55/3

    9.1 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Flighted ball around leg, Tharanga plays it off his pads to short fine leg. 55/3

    8.6 B Vitori to K Mendis, Landed outside off, the banana swing away from the batsman, watchfully left alone. 55/3

    8.5 B Vitori to K Mendis, FOUR! Uppish, but safe! Full on middle and leg, Mendis flicks this away, in the air and manages to get it in the gap between mid on and mid-wicket for a boundary again! 106 more needed from 247 balls now. The stand is worth 13 from 16 balls now. 55/3

    8.4 B Vitori to K Mendis, FOUR! Fabulous! Full and outside off, Mendis drives this dead straight down the ground and gets a boundary! 51/3

    8.3 B Vitori to K Mendis, That is a terrific delivery. Vitori lands it on a fuller length around off, forces Mendis to play at it, then swings it away to beat the outside edge. 47/3

    8.2 B Vitori to K Mendis, Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler. 47/3

    8.1 B Vitori to U Tharanga, Yorker length around middle and leg, Tharanga pushes his bat at it and the ball goes off the inside edge past the leg stump towards fine leg. A single taken. 47/3

    BRIAN VITORI to continue...

    7.6 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a run. 46/3

    7.5 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Outside off, played straight to point. 45/3

    7.4 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, On middle and leg, worked towards short mid-wicket. 45/3

    7.3 T Chisoro to U Tharanga, Full and wide outside off, Tharanga lets it through. 45/3

    7.2 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Goes back and works it through square leg for a single. 45/3

    7.1 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Short and outside off, cut straight to point. 44/3

    It will be TENDAI CHISORO to start off proceedings after Lunch. Mendis to face. Here we go...

    Welcome back for the final session of this series. Sri Lanka just need another 117 to win the final and will back themselves to gun the total down. Having said that, if they manage to get a wicket or two quickly after the break, who knows... we might have a game...

    ... THE FINAL SESSION ...

    Sri Lanka still should back themselves to chase down this total as they need just 117 more from 43 overs. Upul Tharanga has joined Kusal Mendis and Sri Lanka would hope for a partnership. Should be an interesting chase so join us back in a bit to catch the action.

    Brian Vitori's superb spell with the ball has given Zimbabwe three early wickets here and Sri Lanka are struggling.They are chasing a small target but this start will give massive boost for the hosts. De Silva was the first one to depart as the opener got out to his very first legal delivery. Vitori then shattered Dickwella's stumps and later on sent Perera back to the dressing room.

    6.6 B Vitori to U Tharanga, Good length around of, blocked off the front foot towards cover. TIME FOR THE SCHEDULED LUNCH BREAK. 44/3

    6.5 B Vitori to K Mendis, Fuller outside off, Mendis pushes at it but gets the edge down to third man. Gets a single. 44/3

    6.4 B Vitori to K Mendis, Full and wide outside off, Mendis plays a flashy drive but straight to point. 43/3

    6.3 B Vitori to K Mendis, Almost carried! Good length around off, Mendis pushed at it but mistimed it a bit. The ball stuck off the deck probably and nearly carried to the man at mid off. 43/3

    6.2 B Vitori to U Tharanga, Good length outside off, coming in sharply, Tharanga pushes at it but gets it off the inside half towards fine leg. Single taken. 43/3

    UPUL THARANGA comes out to bat.

    6.1 B Vitori to K Perera, OUT! PERERA DEPARTS! Poor shot but Zimbabwe won't mind this at all. Vitori has his third, he is on a roll here. It was a length ball on off and Perera went for the slog but couldn't strike it well. Skewed it way up in the air to mid on where Waller accepted the skier with glee. SL rocked early. Certainly game on at the moment folks. 42/3

    5.6 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Flighted well outside off, no shot offered to that one. Almost a wide but the umpire doesn't signal it. 42/2

    5.5 T Chisoro to K Perera, Fired in around leg stump, worked to mid-wicket for a single. 42/2

    5.4 T Chisoro to K Perera, Slider outside off, goes back to cut but is beaten as that skids off the deck. 41/2

    5.3 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Flighted outside off, driven down the ground to long off for a single. 41/2

    5.2 T Chisoro to K Mendis, Fuller on middle and leg, worked towards the leg side. 40/2

    5.1 T Chisoro to K Perera, Drops it short outside off, cut away to cover where a misfield allows the single. 40/2

    TENDAI CHISORO comes on to bowl.

    4.6 B Vitori to K Mendis, FOUR! SHOT! This will make Vitori more furious. Overpitched ball and Mendis dishes out the square drive to perfection to find the fence. How much will that chance hurt Zimbabwe? It would have been a massive wicket. 39/2

    4.5 B Vitori to K Mendis, FOUR! EDGED BUT SAFE! Vitori is steaming in here. Full ball outside off, angling across Mendis who plays a lazy drive at it. The outside edge gets through the keeper and first slip to the fence. Narrow escape for Mendis. 35/2

    4.4 B Vitori to K Mendis, Full and around leg stump, tails in a bit as Mendis misses the flick. Off the pads past a diving Moor towards fine leg. A couple of leg byes. 31/2

    4.3 B Vitori to K Mendis, Good length angled away just outside off, left alone to the keeper. 29/2

    KUSAL MENDIS walks out to bat.

    4.2 B Vitori to N Dickwella, OUT! SHATTERS THE STUMPS! Vitori has another! Lovely inswinger from just outside off, sneaks through Dickwella's bat and pad to make a mockery of the sticks. Two of the stumps are ripped out and what a sight that is for any fast bowler. Dream start for Zimbabwe this despite the runs leaking a touch. 29/2

    4.1 B Vitori to N Dickwella, Back of a length outside off, defended well off the back foot to the off side. 29/1

    3.6 D Tiripano to K Perera, Good length outside off, Perera gets a bottom edge on that one. 29/1

    3.5 D Tiripano to K Perera, FOUR! Poor bowling! Too full and wide outside off, Perera carves it through backward point to find the fence. Quick hands and that rocketed to the ropes in no time. 29/1

    3.4 D Tiripano to K Perera, Length ball outside off, Dickwella looks to drive but mistimes it to cover. 25/1

    3.3 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, Good length angled away outside off, Dickwella glides it towards third man for a single. 25/1

    3.2 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, FOUR! Up and over! Pitched up outside off, Dickwella picks it up and lifts it easily down the ground. Comfortably over mid off to find the fence. He is in real good touch this tournament. 24/1

    3.1 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, Dug in short on middle and leg, Dickwella mistimes the pull towards mid-wicket. 20/1

    2.6 B Vitori to K Perera, Fuller and on off, blocked well off the front foot down the track. 20/1

    2.5 B Vitori to K Perera, Good length closer to off, jabbed towards the leg side. 20/1

    2.4 B Vitori to K Perera, Full and around off, shaping in, worked towards the vacant spaces at mid-wicket. Brace taken. 20/1

    2.3 B Vitori to N Dickwella, Another ball veering into the pads, whipped away down to fine leg for a single. 18/1

    2.2 B Vitori to N Dickwella, FOUR! Too straight and put away! Fuller on the pads, Dickwella gets across and glances it deftly down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. Easy pickings for the batsman. 17/1

    2.1 B Vitori to N Dickwella, Fuller on off, leans into it and pushes it towards mid on. 13/1

    1.6 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, Fuller on middle, shuffles across and whips it behind square for a single. 13/1

    1.5 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, Good length outside off, defended well off the front foot towards cover. 12/1

    1.4 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, Full and wide outside off, pushed off the front foot through the covers for a brace. 12/1

    1.3 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, Fuller on leg stump, Dickwella lifts it over mid-wicket. Just enough power to clear the infield. Brace added. 10/1

    1.2 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, Low full toss on leg stump, flicked towards mid-wicket. 8/1

    1.1 D Tiripano to N Dickwella, Fuller around leg stump, Dickwella misses the flick as it goes through to the keeper down the leg side. Slight appeal but turned down. 8/1

    DONALD TIRIPANO to take the other new ball.

    0.6 B Vitori to K Perera, Just clears the infield! Fuller on middle and leg, Perera slogs it over mid-wicket. Hasn't got it off the middle but gets it over the ring. Brace taken. 8/1

    0.5 B Vitori to K Perera, Full and outside off, driven towards the covers. 6/1

    0.4 B Vitori to K Perera, FOUR! Off the edge but it gets through! Missed the yorker and dishes out a low full toss. Perera drives hard at it but gets the edge that flies between second slip and gully to the fence. 6/1

    0.3 B Vitori to N Dickwella, Fullish and swinging away a bit, squeezed towards the right of the cover fielder for a run. 2/1

    0.2 B Vitori to N Dickwella, Length ball outside off, Dickwella takes a couple of steps and eases it firmly to cover. 1/1

    NIROSHAN DICKWELLA walks out to bat.

    0.1 B Vitori to de Silva, OUT! VITORI DRAWS FIRST BLOOD! Gets the inswinger right this time and it raps de Silva flush on the front pad. Loud lbw appeal and it is given by the umpire. De Silva isn't amused and goes for the review. Didn't seem like any bat. Where did it pitch is the question and whether it was doing too much. No inside edge and Hawk Eye shows it hitting leg stump after pitching in line. Duck for de Silva and just the start Zimbabwe needed. 1/1

    De Silva has been given out lbw. He takes the review. Looked plumb. Where did it pitch? Let's see.

    0.1 B Vitori to de Silva, The inswinger but slipping down leg, de Silva misses the flick. Wide called. 1/0