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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI At Galle: As It Happened

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 30, 2017, 7:38 PM IST

1st ODI, Galle International Stadium, Galle 30 June, 2018

Toss won by Sri Lanka (decided to bat)

Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets

Man of the Match: Solomon Mire

Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI At Galle: As It Happened

Solomon Mire's century helped Zimbabwe chase down the big total (Getty Images)

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Toss:

Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bat first.

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Mathews (c), Asela Gunaratne, Lahiru Madushanka, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Amila Aponso, Akila Dananjaya

Zimbabwe: Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor (wk), Malcolm Waller, Ryan Burl, Graeme Cremer (c), Donald Tiripano, Tendai Chatara

Commentary (Zimbabwe innings)

A thoroughly clinical performance from Zimbabwe and they have taken the Sri Lankans by surprise. It shows that they have a lot of potential and can't be taken lightly. The home side have a lot to ponder upon and need to improve drastically in the next game. The 2nd ODI will take place at the same venue on 2nd July. Do join us for that. Till then, goodbye and cheers!

Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer says it is a very special moment. Appreciates the batters. Feels Mire has found form in the last two games and can be effective with both bat and ball. Mentions they will take one game at a time and will head into the next game with confidence.

Sri Lanka skipper, Angelo Mathews says that they had enough on the board but they were poor on the field and the catching was bad. Mentions that it was a really good batting effort from Zimbabwe. Adds that they kept sweeping and reverse sweeping which put the spinners under pressure. Ends by saying that that they had good spinners and seamers but they were not good enough on the day.

Man of the match, Solomon Mire says it is a very special day. He is thankful to the help he got from the coaches. Admits he was a bit scratchy in the beginning. Mentions he started trusting his instincts and everything went on well.

The 161-run stand between the duo landed the visitors in a commanding position. Mire was lucky on occasions but he was still outstanding to score his maiden ton. Gunaratne was introduced into the attack and took two quick wickets but the damage was already done by them. The hosts couldn't trigger any collapse. Raza and Waller entertained the crowd with some exquisite strokes and took the tourists over the finishing line with some authority. At the halfway stage, it didn't look like they will chase this stiff target. Kudos to them for displaying tremendous composure. Off colour bowling and shoddy fielding from the opposition helped their cause but nothing can be taken away from Zimbabwe.

What an amazing victory for Zimbabwe! They had never registered a victory on Sri Lankan soil but the way they have chased this steep target down deserves a lot of appreciation. This is the highest chase in Sri Lanka as well. The visitors showed intent from the start of the run chase and kept the scoreboard ticking. Masakadza and Ervine lost their wickets quickly but that didn't deter the others. The spinners, Dananjaya and Aponso bowled tight lines in the beginning but Mire and Williams were equal to the task. They didn't let them settle down and scored briskly.

47.4 A Aponso to S Raza, SIX! That is it. Zimbabwe have chased this down and they have done it in style. Floats it on off, Raza comes down the track and lofts it over mid on for a maximum. The pavilion is all pumped up. ZIMBABWE WIN BY SIX WICKETS. 322/4

47.3 A Aponso to M Waller, Flights it on off stump, Waller hits it through covers for a run. 316/4

47.2 A Aponso to S Raza, Bowls it on the pads, Raza flicks it through the leg side for a run. 315/4

47.1 A Aponso to S Raza, Tosses it on middle, the batsman paddles it to fine leg for a couple. 314/4

Amila Aponso comes back into the attack.

46.6 A Dananjaya to S Raza, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. 312/4

46.5 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Bowls a ball on off, which goes straight with the arm. Raza plays for the turn and is beaten. 311/4

46.4 A Dananjaya to M Waller, Full on leg stump, Waller tries to flick it but misses. The ball brushes his pads and goes to short third man for a leg bye. 311/4

46.3 A Dananjaya to M Waller, Short and wide outside off, Waller cuts it through cover-point for a couple. 310/4

46.2 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Bowls it on leg stump, Raza flicks it off his pads for a run. 308/4

46.1 A Dananjaya to S Raza, FOUR! He has hit that hard. Tosses up on off, Raza plays the reverse sweep through point for a boundary. 307/4

45.6 N Pradeep to M Waller, Full ball outside off, Waller lofts it over covers for a couple. 303/4

45.5 N Pradeep to S Raza, Short ball on middle, Raza plays a pull shot awkwardly and the ball lobs to square leg for a run. 301/4

45.4 N Pradeep to M Waller, Full and on off, Waller hits it through point for a run. 300/4

45.3 N Pradeep to M Waller, Bouncer on middle, Waller tries to ramp it but does not connect. 299/4

45.2 N Pradeep to S Raza, Bowls it on the pads, Waller flicks it through square leg for a run. 299/4

45.1 N Pradeep to M Waller, Length ball on off, Waller slaps it through mid off for three runs. They require 19 now. 298/4

44.6 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Darts it on the stumps, Raza defends it off the back foot. 295/4

44.5 A Dananjaya to M Waller, Quicker outside off, Waller pushes it through covers for a run. 295/4

8th ODI fifty for Sikandar Raza.

44.4 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Tosses it up on off, Raza works it to mid-wicket for a run. It has been an impressive knock from him. He has played some really good shots and is taking his side towards a famous victory. 294/4

44.3 A Dananjaya to M Waller, Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total. 293/4

44.2 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Flights it outside off, the batsman pushes it through cover-point for a run. 292/4

44.1 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Flatter outside off, Raza plays it to point. 291/4

Akila Dananjaya is back for a bowl.

43.6 N Pradeep to M Waller, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Full and outside off, Waller drives it through the covers for a boundary. Only 26 required now. 291/4

43.5 N Pradeep to S Raza, Length ball on off, stays a touch low. Raza defends it off the back foot towards point and takes a run. 287/4

43.4 N Pradeep to M Waller, Yorker on leg stump, Waller digs it out on the leg side for a run. 286/4

43.3 N Pradeep to S Raza, Angling into the pads, Raza flicks it through the leg side for a run. 285/4

43.2 N Pradeep to S Raza, Length ball on off, Raza tries to cut it but gets a bottom edge onto the ground. 284/4

Great going from the visitors, they are doing this with ease.

43.1 N Pradeep to S Raza, Full ball on off, Raza drives it to mid off. 284/4

42.6 A Aponso to M Waller, FOUR! Third off the over. Full and wide outside off, Waller square drives it through point for a boundary. 14 runs from the over. Zimbabwe are cruising here. 284/4

42.5 A Aponso to M Waller, Driven towards the mid on region. 280/4

42.4 A Aponso to M Waller, FOUR! Tosses up on off, Waller goes inside out over covers for another boundary. This is excellent batting. They should win this from here. 280/4

42.3 A Aponso to M Waller, FOUR! Short and outside off, Waller tries to cut it but gets a thick outside edge past the two diving fielders at backward point and short third man for a boundary. 276/4

42.2 A Aponso to S Raza, Paddles it through fine leg for a run. 272/4

42.1 A Aponso to M Waller, Fires it in on off, Waller drives it to sweeper cover for a run. 271/4

Amila Aponso comes back into the attack.

41.6 L Malinga to S Raza, Length ball on off, Waller defends it off the front foot. 270/4

50-run stand up between Malcolm Waller and Sikandar Raza.

41.5 L Malinga to M Waller, Fullish length outside off, Waller drives it through covers for a run. 270/4

41.4 L Malinga to S Raza, Strays on the pads, Raza flicks it down to fine leg for a run. 269/4

41.3 L Malinga to S Raza, Length ball outside off, Raza tries to pull it through mid-wicket but misses. 268/4

41.2 L Malinga to S Raza, Full on off, Raza drives it to extra cover. The fielder dives to his left and makes a good stop. 268/4

41.1 L Malinga to S Raza, FOUR! WHAT A SHOT! Slower full ball, Raza lofts it over the cover fielder for a boundary. Zimbabwe are inching closer. 268/4

40.6 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Full ball on off, Raza drives it through mid on for a run. 264/4

40.5 A Dananjaya to M Waller, Floats it up on off, Waller tries to drive it but gets it off the inner half of the bat through mid-wicket for a run. 263/4

40.4 A Dananjaya to M Waller, Tosses it up on off, Waller tries to defend it off the front foot but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 262/4

40.3 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Plays the reverse sweep to deep point and the batsmen run through for a single. 262/4

40.2 A Dananjaya to S Raza, FOUR! POOR LENGTH! Short ball outside off, Raza punches it beautifully through extra cover for a boundary. The timing was spot on. 261/4

40.1 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Flatter on middle, Raza punches it to mid-wicket. 257/4

Akila Dananjaya comes back on.

Powerplay 3 has been signaled. Maximum of five fielders will be allowed outside the circle till the end of the innings.

39.6 L Malinga to M Waller, Full toss outside off, slower in pace. Waller is early into the flick and misses it completely. A dot to finish. 257/4

39.5 L Malinga to M Waller, Full on middle, Waller flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. Zimbabwe have ran brilliantly between the wickets. 257/4

39.4 L Malinga to M Waller, Pulls his length back a little outside off, Waller defends it off the front foot. 255/4

39.3 L Malinga to S Raza, Very full, tailing back in. Raza drives it through covers for a run. 255/4

39.2 L Malinga to M Waller, Yorker on leg stump, Waller flicks it past mid-wicket for a run. 254/4

39.1 L Malinga to S Raza, Full toss on the pads, the batsman flicks it to deep square leg for a run. 253/4

Lasith Malinga is brought back into the attack.

38.6 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Bowled on the pads, Raza flicks it through the leg side for a run. 13 runs from the over. 252/4

38.5 A Gunaratne to S Raza, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 251/4

38.4 A Gunaratne to S Raza, FOUR! 12 already off the over. Short and outside off, Sikandar cuts it through covers for a boundary. The equation has come down to below a run-a-ball. 251/4

38.3 A Gunaratne to S Raza, FOUR! Second boundary in the over. Tosses it up, Raza comes down the track and lofts it over extra cover for a boundary. This is great batting from Raza. 247/4

38.2 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Full on off, Raza drives it to covers. 243/4

38.1 A Gunaratne to S Raza, FOUR! They have played this shot well today. Tosses it on off, Raza goes down on one knee and sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. 243/4

37.6 A Aponso to S Raza, Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 239/4

37.5 A Aponso to M Waller, Confusion but no harm done! Waller eases this to point and sets off for a run. Raza is ball-watching, hesitates a bit but eventually decides to go through with the run. Gunaratne picks up the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but the batsman makes it in. Wrong end perhaps, he had a better chance if he aimed at the bowler's end. 238/4

37.4 A Aponso to S Raza, Short this time on off, punched to sweeper cover for a single. 237/4

37.3 A Aponso to S Raza, Tossed up delivery, tapped to covers. Raza wants a run but is rightly sent back. 236/4

37.2 A Aponso to S Raza, Flatter delivery on middle, Raza covers the line and defends it. 236/4

37.1 A Aponso to S Raza, Raza takes a couple of steps down the track and Aponso bowls it full. Sikandar digs it out. 236/4

Amila Aponso returns for a bowl.

36.6 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Full and outside off, Raza drives it through covers for a single. 236/4

36.5 A Gunaratne to M Waller, Flicks the ball with the spin through the leg side for a run. 235/4

36.4 A Gunaratne to S Raza, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 234/4

36.3 A Gunaratne to M Waller, Lands it on a length on off, Waller tries to flick it but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The Lankans appeal but the umpire gives it not out. The ball rolls on the leg side and they run a single. 233/4

36.2 A Gunaratne to M Waller, Quicker ball on middle, Waller shuffles across and paddles it over the square leg fielder for a couple. 232/4

36.1 A Gunaratne to M Waller, Length on middle, Waller flicks it to square leg. 230/4

35.6 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Tosses it up on off, Raza defends it off the front foot. 230/4

35.5 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Bowls a leg spinner outside off, Raza cuts it through covers for a couple. 230/4

35.4 A Dananjaya to S Raza, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 228/4

35.3 A Dananjaya to S Raza, A tad short outside off, Raza cuts it uppishly through point for a couple. 228/4

35.2 A Dananjaya to S Raza, FOUR! Floats it outside off, Raza goes down on one knee and sweeps it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 226/4

35.1 A Dananjaya to S Raza, Tosses it up on off, Raza drives it to covers. 222/4

Akila Dananjaya is back into the attack.

34.6 A Gunaratne to S Raza, A tad shorter on middle, Raza punches it down to long on for a run. 222/4

34.5 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Bowled on middle, the batsman plays it on the leg side. 221/4

34.4 A Gunaratne to S Raza, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 221/4

34.3 A Gunaratne to M Waller, Bowled on the pads, flicks it through the leg side for a run. 221/4

Malcolm Waller is the new man in.

34.2 A Gunaratne to S Williams, OUT! Gunaratne gets his second. He is proving to be the man for Sri Lanka. Slower through the air on leg stump. Williams tries to flick it but misses and the ball brushes his boots and deflects onto the stumps. The Sri Lankans are pumped and why won't they be? They have fought their way back into the match. Zimbabwe lose another set batsman. They require another 97 runs in 94 balls. 220/4

34.1 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Length ball on off, Raza plays it towards point for a run. 220/3

33.6 A Aponso to S Raza, Flatter on middle, Raza flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 219/3

33.5 A Aponso to S Williams, Bowls it very full, Williams goes to sweep it but then bails out as he yorks himself. Gets an inside edge down to short fine leg for a run. 218/3

33.4 A Aponso to S Raza, Tosses it up on middle, Raza goes down on one knee and paddles it through fine leg for a run. 217/3

Slip in place now.

33.3 A Aponso to S Williams, Plays the conventional sweep this time to fine leg for a run. 216/3

33.2 A Aponso to S Williams, FOUR! Full ball on middle, Williams reverse sweeps it past short third man for a boundary. 215/3

33.1 A Aponso to S Williams, Tosses it up on off, Williams defends it off the front foot. 211/3

Amila Aponso comes back into the attack.

32.6 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Length on middle, Raza defends it off the front foot. 211/3

32.5 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Wide outside off, Williams pushes it through covers for a run. 211/3

32.4 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Full and wide outside off, Raza drives it through covers for three. He is off the mark. 210/3

Sikandar Raza comes out to bat. Zimbabwe need 110 runs from 105 balls. Can Sri Lanka trigger a collapse?

32.3 A Gunaratne to S Mire, OUT! GONE! Mire has to go. A nothing delivery there. Slow and short on middle, Solomon punches it off the toe end straight back to Gunaratne who takes a good low catch. A fine innings by Solomon has come to an end here. He rode his luck after being dropped and given several chances, he has put Zimbabwe in a commendable position. Sri Lanka have got the much-needed breakthrough. They will want to build pressure now on Zimbabwe. 207/3

32.2 A Gunaratne to S Mire, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 207/2

32.1 A Gunaratne to S Mire, FOUR! POOR LINE! Bowls it down the leg side, Mire goes for the pull and gets a bottom edge past the keeper to the fine leg fence. They are inching closer here. 207/2

31.6 N Pradeep to S Mire, Full ball on off, Mire tries to drive it down the ground but gets an inside edge down to fine leg for a run. 114 required in 108 now. 203/2

31.5 N Pradeep to S Mire, Length ball on off, Mire tries to heave it but misses it. Needless shot there. 202/2

31.4 N Pradeep to S Mire, Drifts on the pads, Mire tries to pull but misses and it brushes his pads and rolls to the keeper. 202/2

31.3 N Pradeep to S Mire, FOUR! MUSCLED! Slower full ball on middle, Mire hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary. 202/2

31.2 N Pradeep to S Mire, Very full, angling into the batsman. Mire plays it to cover. 198/2

31.1 N Pradeep to S Williams, Length outside off, Williams guides it to third man for a run. 198/2

Nuwan Pradeep comes into the attack.

30.6 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Length ball on off, Mire defends it off the back foot. 197/2

30.5 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Full and wide outside off, Williams drives it through covers for a run. 197/2

30.4 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Bowled on the pads, Mire flicks it on the leg side for a run. 196/2

30.3 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 195/2

Maiden ODI ton for Solomon Mire.

30.2 A Gunaratne to S Mire, FOUR! He brings up his maiden ton and he brings it up in style. Full ball on middle, Mire slaps it through mid on for a boundary. What an innings it has been from him. He removes his helmet and has a big smile on his face. The job is not done yet and he needs to be there till the end. 195/2

30.1 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Quicker ball on off, Mire defends it off the back foot. 191/2

29.6 L Malinga to S Williams, Full ball on the pads, the batsman flicks it through mid-wicket for two. 6 runs off the over there. 191/2

29.5 L Malinga to S Williams, Full and wide outside off, Williams drives it past the diving fielder at point for a couple. 189/2

29.5 L Malinga to S Williams, WIDE! Sprays down the leg side, the batsman goes for the flick but misses and is signaled wide. 187/2

29.4 L Malinga to S Williams, Full outside off, Williams drives it back to the bowler. 186/2

29.3 L Malinga to S Williams, Length ball outside off, Williams drives it on the up to point. 186/2

29.2 L Malinga to S Mire, Low full toss on the pads, Mire flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. 186/2

29.1 L Malinga to S Mire, BIG APPEAL! Bowls a yorker on the pads, Mire goes for the flick but misses and is struck on the pads. Malinga appeals but the umpire gives it not out. Missing leg. 185/2

Time for Drinks. Solomon Mire and Sean Williams are playing extremely well at the moment. The partnership is 139 and the game seems to be slipping away from Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe are on course now as they need 132 from 126 balls with eight wickets in hand. A moment of brilliance with the ball or in the field is what the home side will be aiming for.

28.6 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Length on off, Williams defends it off the back foot. 185/2

28.5 A Gunaratne to S Mire, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. He goes past his highest score in First Class cricket. Moves to 97. 185/2

28.4 A Gunaratne to S Mire, DROPPED! Malinga what have you done? Bowls it on middle, Mire goes for the paddle but hits it up in the air. Malinga at short fine leg runs back and gets a hand to it but cannot hang on to it. This can prove to be costly for Sri Lanka. The bowler is not a happy man. The batsmen run two. 184/2

28.3 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Full ball, Mire hits it straight to mid-wicket. 182/2

28.2 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Tosses it up on off, Williams paddles it down to fine leg for a run. They are chipping away with the singles. 182/2

28.1 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Length ball outside off, Mire cuts it through point for a run. 181/2

27.6 L Malinga to S Williams, Yorker on off, Williams digs it out on the off side. 180/2

27.5 L Malinga to S Mire, Bouncer on middle, Mire takes on the pull and hits it uppishly to deep backward square leg for a run. 180/2

27.4 L Malinga to S Williams, Back of a length on off, Williams punches it through covers for a run. Mire wanted a second but was sent back. 179/2

A slip in place now.

27.3 L Malinga to S Mire, Short on the body, Mire pulls it down to fine leg for a run. Sri Lanka will have to put more pressure on Zimbabwe. 178/2

27.2 L Malinga to S Mire, Slower ball on off, Mire waits for it and drives it to covers. 177/2

27.1 L Malinga to S Mire, Length ball on middle, Mire clips it uppishly through mid-wicket. They run two. Good running by the batsmen. 177/2

Lasith Malinga comes back into the attack. The over-rate has been very slow for the home side. Ian Gould is not pleased one bit with the slowness as the Sri Lankan players take their time.

26.6 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Drags his length back a little, Mire punches it to long on for a run. 175/2

26th ODI fifty for Sean Williams.

26.5 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Full and wide outside off, Williams drives it through extra cover for a run. He also brings up his fifty. What an important knock by him, he needs to make it big. 174/2

26.4 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 173/2

26.3 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Full ball on off, Williams drives it to the left of covers. The fielder dives to his left and makes a good stop. 173/2

26.2 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Tosses it up on off, Mire drives it to long on for a run. 173/2

26.1 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Fuller length ball on off, Williams eases it past the bowler for a run. 172/2

Asela Gunaratne is called into the attack.

25.6 A Aponso to S Mire, Tries to sweep but is hit on the pads. 17 runs off the over. Zimbabwe are on top now. 171/2

25.5 A Aponso to S Mire, Tosses it up on middle, Mire plays it with soft hands through mid-wicket and they run two. Great running from these two. 171/2

25.5 A Aponso to S Mire, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side and the umpire signals wide. 169/2

Short cover in place now.

25.4 A Aponso to S Mire, FOUR! Through the leg side this time. Aponso tosses it up on middle, Mire sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary. 168/2

25.3 A Aponso to S Mire, FOUR! Reverse sweep again. They have used this shot to great effect. Gets it past backward point for a boundary. 164/2

25.3 A Aponso to S Mire, WIDE! Fires it down the leg side, Mire goes to sweep it but misses. 160/2

25.2 A Aponso to S Mire, This time Mire reverse sweeps it through point for a couple. 159/2

25.1 A Aponso to S Williams, Good effort from Dananjaya. Tosses it up on off, Williams reverse sweeps it through short third man. Dananjaya races after it and dives to stop the ball inside the boundary. They run three. 157/2

24.6 N Pradeep to S Mire, Back of a length ball, Mire tries to pull but drags it to mid on. He looks a little tired here. 154/2

24.5 N Pradeep to S Mire, Short on off, Mire stands tall and pulls it through mid-wicket for a couple. 154/2

24.4 N Pradeep to S Williams, Back of a length outside off, Williams guides it down to third man for a run. 152/2

24.3 N Pradeep to S Mire, ALMOST! Mire might consider himself lucky there. Short ball, Mire goes for the pull but gets a top edge that lands safe on the leg side. The batsmen run through for a single. 151/2

24.2 N Pradeep to S Williams, Full and wide outside off, Williams square drives it for a run. 150 up for Zimbabwe. 150/2

24.1 N Pradeep to S Williams, Just ahead of a length outside off, Williams tries to cut it but gets beaten. 149/2

Williams is struggling with cramps. He was seen holding his left leg while running in the last ball of the previous over. Even Mire is struggling with cramps. The heat is getting to the batsmen.

23.6 A Aponso to S Williams, Bowled outside off, Williams drags it past the mid-wicket fielder for a run. This is too easy for Zimbabwe at the moment. 149/2

23.5 A Aponso to S Mire, Tosses it up on middle, Williams sweeps it to deep square leg for a run. 148/2

23.4 A Aponso to S Mire, Reverse sweeps it again but straight to point. Williams wanted a single but was sent back by Mire. 147/2

23.3 A Aponso to S Williams, Quicker on off, Williams defends it off the front foot on the off side for a run. 147/2

23.2 A Aponso to S Williams, Tosses it up on off, Williams reverse sweeps it to point. 146/2

100-run stand up between Solomon Mire and Sean Williams.

23.1 A Aponso to S Mire, Flatter on middle, Mire punches it through the leg side for a run. 146/2

23.1 A Aponso to S Mire, WIDE! Strays down the leg side, the batsman tries to sweep but misses. 145/2

Amila Aponso is back into the attack.

22.6 N Pradeep to S Mire, Back of a length on middle, Mire tries to pull it but gets it off the inner half to deep mid-wicket for a run. 144/2

22.5 N Pradeep to S Williams, Length ball outside off, Williams pushes it to cover-point for a single. 143/2

22.4 N Pradeep to S Williams, FOUR! POOR LINE! Short and width on offer, Williams cuts it past the diving point fielder for a boundary. 142/2

22.3 N Pradeep to S Williams, Length angling across, Williams shoulders his arms to it. 138/2

22.2 N Pradeep to S Mire, A tad shorter, Mire mistimes his pull to mid on and sets off for a run. Malinga picks the ball and scores a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batsman was well in. 138/2

22.1 N Pradeep to S Mire, Lands it on a length on off, Mire defends it off the back foot. 137/2

Nuwan Pradeep is back on.

The physio is stretching Mire's leg as he is struggling with cramps. The batsmen take a breather. Zimbabwe need 180 runs from 168 balls with 8 wickets in hand. They are on track right now. This partnership looks threatening. The hosts need wickets.

21.6 L Malinga to S Williams, Low full toss on off, Williams drives it to mid off. 137/2

21.5 L Malinga to S Mire, Slower ball outside off, Mire gets it off the outer half down to third man for a single. 137/2

21.4 L Malinga to S Mire, FOUR! What a shot that is. He was waiting for the full ball. Mire times his drive beautifully through wide mid on for a boundary. 136/2

21.3 L Malinga to S Mire, Full ball tailing back in, Mire drives it to mid on. 132/2

21.2 L Malinga to S Mire, Yorker on off, Mire gets it off the inner half through square leg for a couple. 132/2

21.1 L Malinga to S Mire, Very full on off, Mire drives it to mid off. 130/2

20.6 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Dananjaya comes around the wicket and bowls it on leg stump, Mire tucks it on the leg side for a run. 130/2

20.5 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Bowled on off, Williams paddle sweeps it to fine leg for a run. 129/2

20.4 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Flighted on off, Mire reverse sweeps it to third man for a run. 128/2

20.3 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Flatter on off, Williams paddles it to fine leg for a run. 127/2

20.2 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Plays the reverse sweep straight to point. 126/2

20.1 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Tosses it up on off, Mire sweeps it to deep square leg for a run. 126/2

19.6 L Malinga to S Williams, Yorker on off, Williams digs it out. He wants a run but is sent back by Mire. 125/2

19.5 L Malinga to S Williams, Good length delivery on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot. 125/2

19.4 L Malinga to S Williams, FOUR! This is even better. Short again on off, Williams stands tall and slaps it past mid on for another boundary. 125/2

19.3 L Malinga to S Williams, Bouncer outside off, Williams lets it through to the keeper. 121/2

19.2 L Malinga to S Williams, Slower ball on the fuller side, Williams defends it onto the ground. 121/2

19.1 L Malinga to S Williams, FOUR! THUMPED! Short ball on off, Williams just pulls it through the vacant mid-wicket area for a boundary. 121/2

Lasith Malinga is back into the attack. The hosts need a wicket. Can the wily old customer provide the breakthrough?

18.6 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Mire tries to play the reverse sweep but does not connect and the ball hits him on the body. 117/2

18.5 A Dananjaya to S Williams, In the air.... but safe! Tosses it up on off, Williams tries to sweep but gets a top edge just over the slip fielder and they run a single. 117/2

18.4 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Flatter on off, Williams defends it off the front foot. 116/2

18.3 A Dananjaya to S Williams, FOUR! Powerfully swept. Full on middle, Williams goes down on one knee and hits it powerfully through square leg for a boundary. 116/2

18.2 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 112/2

18.1 A Dananjaya to S Williams, ALMOST! Full ball, Williams goes for the sweep but misses it and the keeper fumbles it. There was a stumping chance there. 112/2

Akila Dananjaya comes back for a bowl.

17.6 L Madushanka to S Mire, FOUR LEG BYES! Strays on the pads, Mire goes to flick but misses it and the ball brushes his pads and goes down to the fine leg fence. 112/2

17.5 L Madushanka to S Williams, Length ball on middle, Williams checks his drive uppishly past the bowler and sets off for a run. The fielder from mid off runs to his left, picks the ball up and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. They all appeal and the umpire goes upstairs to check. Replays show that the batsman is safely home. One run added. 108/2

There is a run out appeal against Sean Williams. Good work from the fielder but seems safe.

17.5 L Madushanka to S Williams, WIDE! Full and wide outside off. The umpire signals wide. 107/2

17.4 L Madushanka to S Mire, Shorter in length again, Mire pulls it to deep square leg for a run. 106/2

17.3 L Madushanka to S Mire, FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Mire. Short again and Mire goes for the pull but gets it off the top edge over mid on for another boundary. These two are ticking along nicely. 105/2

4th ODI fifty for Solomon Mire.

17.2 L Madushanka to S Mire, FOUR! CRASHED! Short ball on the body, Mire slaps it through wide mid on for a boundary. He has showed good intent but needs to carry on. 101/2

17.1 L Madushanka to S Williams, Length ball on off, Williams punches it through covers for a run. 97/2

16.6 D Gunathilaka to S Mire, Sweeps it straight to short fine leg. 96/2

50-run stand up between Solomon Mire and Sean Williams.

16.6 D Gunathilaka to S Mire, WIDE! Strays down the leg side. Mire tries to sweep but misses and the umpire signals wide. 96/2

16.5 D Gunathilaka to S Mire, Short and outside off, the batsman goes to cut but misses. 95/2

16.4 D Gunathilaka to S Mire, FOUR! SMASHED! Flighted ball on middle, Mire slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. He is hitting the ball well here. 95/2

16.3 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Punched off the backfoot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 91/2

16.2 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Flatter on off, Williams plays it off the front foot. 90/2

16.1 D Gunathilaka to S Mire, Tosses it up on leg stump, Mire drives it to long on for a run. 90/2

15.6 L Madushanka to S Williams, FOUR! GOOD SHOT! Full on the pads, Williams drives it uppishly through mid-wicket for a boundary. 89/2

15.5 L Madushanka to S Williams, Played to the point region by the batsman. 85/2

15.4 L Madushanka to S Williams, Lands it on a length outside off, Williams defends it off the front foot. 85/2

15.3 L Madushanka to S Williams, Length ball angling across, Williams defends it off the front foot. 85/2

15.2 L Madushanka to S Mire, Strays on the pads, Mire flicks it through the leg side for a run. 85/2

15.1 L Madushanka to S Williams, DROPPED! The bowling change almost worked. Full ball outside off, Williams drives it uppishly towards backward point where Gunathilaka dives to his right and gets two hands to it but can't take it. That should have been taken. The batsmen run a single. 84/2

Lahiru Madushanka comes into the attack.

Time for Drinks. Sri Lanka are on top but Zimbabwe have put in a brave fight till now. The visitors have lost two wickets but have kept the scoreboard ticking. The home side have been tight and haven't given anything away easily. A few more wickets and the pressure will build even more on the batsmen.

14.6 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Quicker ball on middle, Williams nudges it on the leg side for a run. 83/2

14.5 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 82/2

14.4 D Gunathilaka to S Mire, Drags his length back on middle, Mire camps back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a run. 82/2

14.3 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Flatter on middle, Williams tucks it through square leg for a run. 81/2

14.2 D Gunathilaka to S Mire, Tossed up on off, Mire plays the reverse sweep to deep point for a run. 80/2

14.1 D Gunathilaka to S Mire, Shorter outside off, Mire punches it through covers for a couple. 79/2

Danushka Gunathilaka comes into the attack.

13.6 A Aponso to S Williams, Quicker one outside off, Williams plays for the inward turn but gets foxed. 77/2

13.5 A Aponso to S Mire, Drifting it on middle and leg, this time he connects the sweep and gets it to deep backward square leg for a run. 77/2

13.4 A Aponso to S Mire, Floated on middle and leg, Mire moves inside the line and goes for the sweep but misses. The keeper fails to collect it. 76/2

13.3 A Aponso to S Williams, Fullish delivery, eased through mid on for a run. 76/2

13.2 A Aponso to S Williams, Well bowled! Pushes this one a bit quicker, Sean goes back to defend but gets beaten. 75/2

13.1 A Aponso to S Mire, A touch risky but effective! Slow through the air on off, Mire paddles it past the keeper and the ball rolls towards the fine leg fence. Malinga hares to his right and shows some football skills to keep the ball in play. Saves a run for his side. 75/2

12.6 A Dananjaya to S Williams, FOUR! Well played! Tossed up delivery, Williams crouches and sweeps it uppishly over mid-wicket to find the fence. 72/2

12.5 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Williams turns it with the angle through mid-wicket. Picked the gap nicely and picks up two runs. 68/2

12.4 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Quicker one in line of the stumps, turned to the short leg fielder. 66/2

12.3 A Dananjaya to S Williams, The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 66/2

12.2 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Williams shapes for the sweep but the length is not quite there as he adjusts to defend it to short leg. 66/2

12.1 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Loopy delivery, Mire goes for the scoop but gets an edge that goes onto hit the grill of the helmet. The ball rolls to the off side. A run taken. 66/2

11.6 A Aponso to S Williams, Floated on middle, Williams works it to mid-wicket. 65/2

11.5 A Aponso to S Williams, Stays back and defends it down the track. 65/2

11.4 A Aponso to S Mire, Mire again goes for the reverse sweep and manages to get it to short third man for a run. He is looking to unsettle the spinners. 65/2

11.3 A Aponso to S Mire, Floated delivery, Mire kneels and sweeps it with good timing through backward square leg. Akila in the deep moves to his left and slides to make a very good stop. Two runs taken. 64/2

11.2 A Aponso to S Mire, FOUR! Innovative! Tossed up around off, Mire goes for the fancy reverse sweep and connects well. Gets it past the slip fielder and the ball races to the fence. 62/2

11.1 A Aponso to S Williams, Floated outside off, pushed to covers for a run. 58/2

10.6 A Dananjaya to S Mire, FOUR! Tossed up delivery, Mire shuffles a bit and sweeps it hard through backward square leg for back-to-back boundaries. Good positive batting from him. 57/2

10.5 A Dananjaya to S Mire, FOUR! Full toss outside off, Mire drags it through mid-wicket to find the fence. 53/2

10.4 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Not out! The on-field decision is overturned! Tossed up delivery around off, Mire goes for the reverse sweep but it goes off something towards first slip. The ball lobs towards Mathews who grabs it and starts celebrating. However, Mire is confident that there is no glove involved and takes a review. The replays show that it has come off the forearm. No glove involved and Solomon survives. 49/2

Mire has been caught at slip and he has been given out. He does not feel he has hit it and has taken a review.

10.3 A Dananjaya to S Williams, Tossed up delivery, Williams paddles it past the keeper. Good running between the batsmen allows them to come back for three. 49/2

Sean Williams will stride out to the middle.

10.2 A Dananjaya to C Ervine, OUT! Ervine holes out! Tossed up delivery, Ervine kneels and goes for the sweep but is a touch early into his shot. Gets it from the top edge of his bat and the ball flies towards fine leg. Upul Tharanga stationed there doesn't need to move an inch and takes it with ease. A few tight overs from the home side has brought the downfall. The youngster gets rewarded for his consistency. 46/2

10.1 A Dananjaya to C Ervine, Coming in with the arm, Ervine pushes it to mid on. 46/1

Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Now a maximum of four fielders can be placed outside the circle till the 40th over.

9.6 A Aponso to S Mire, A touch short around off, punched through covers for a couple. 46/1

9.5 A Aponso to S Mire, Floated around leg stump, Mire goes for the paddle but gets an edge to it. It hits the keeper on his pad and falls down. 44/1

9.4 A Aponso to S Mire, Mire looks to turn it to the leg side but is hit on the thigh pad. 44/1

9.3 A Aponso to C Ervine, Driven through mid on by the batsman. They pick up a single. 44/1

9.2 A Aponso to C Ervine, FOUR! Ervine gets enough on it. Tossed up delivery, Craig goes for the reverse sweep and drags it past the slip fielder and through to the third man fence. 43/1

9.1 A Aponso to C Ervine, Tossed up delivery, defended off the front foot. 39/1

Amila Aponso comes into the attack.

8.6 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Mire sweeps this one to deep backward square leg for a brace. End of an eventful over. 39/1

8.5 A Dananjaya to S Mire, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 37/1

8.4 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Back-to-back LBW appeals denied! Tossed up around off, Mire goes for the sweep but is struck on the pads again. Another confident shout but it is turned down. Again the impact was in question. 37/1

8.3 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Floated around off, Mire moves inside the line and goes for the sweep but is hit on the pads. A loud shout for an LBW is turned down. The impact was outside off. 37/1

8.2 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Not out! Tossed up delivery, spinning in. Mire comes forward and looks to flick it but it goes uppishly towards Kusal Mendis at short leg. He crouches and grabs it. Looks confident and starts celebrating with the keeper. However, the umpires refer it upstairs. The replays show that Mendis didn't have his hands underneath the ball. He survives. 37/1

Mire has been caught at short leg but the umpires are not sure whether it has been taken cleanly or not. It is referred upstairs and the soft signal is not out.

8.1 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Drifting into the pads, Solomon goes for the sweep but is pinged on the pads. 37/1

7.6 N Pradeep to C Ervine, Sharp bouncer in line of the stumps, Ervine ducks under it to evade it. 37/1

7.5 N Pradeep to C Ervine, Short of a length ball on middle and leg, Craig keeps it out. 37/1

7.4 N Pradeep to S Mire, Close shave! Good length delivery around off, nips in a bit. Mire goes deep in his crease to defend it but gets a bottom edge that goes past the off stump. He takes off for a run. The keeper has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. A single completed in the end. 37/1

7.3 N Pradeep to S Mire, Back of a length delivery outside off, Solomon goes for the pull but gets beaten again. Pradeep is a sharp bowler. 36/1

7.2 N Pradeep to S Mire, Shortish and width on offer, Mire goes for the cut but misses. 36/1

7.1 N Pradeep to S Mire, Good length delivery around off, played with an open face to point. 36/1

6.6 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Straying on the pads, turned to square leg for a run. 36/1

6.5 A Dananjaya to C Ervine, This time Craig punches it past the extra cover fielder and down to long off for a run. 35/1

6.4 A Dananjaya to C Ervine, Floated delivery, punched to extra cover. 34/1

6.3 A Dananjaya to C Ervine, Tossed up delivery, spinning away. Ervine goes for the sweep but gets beaten. 34/1

6.2 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Floated down the leg side, paddle swept towards short fine leg where the fielder makes a good stop. A run taken. 34/1

6.1 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Tossed up outside off, spinning in a long way. Mire looks to block it but gets rapped on the pads. There is a huge appeal for an LBW but the umpire is unmoved. The replays show that it was clearly heading down leg. 33/1

6.1 A Dananjaya to S Mire, Not Out and a wide! Slips this one down the leg side, Mire looks to sweep it but misses. Dickwella looks to flick the bails off but doesn't do it. Waits for the batsman to lift his back foot off the crease. The moment the batsman drags his feet a bit, he takes the bails off. They appeal for a stumping and the umpire thinks about it. Walks across to the main umpire and refers it upstairs. The replays show that Solomon had his feet inside the crease. He is safe. 33/1

A stumping appeal against Mire has been referred upstairs.

Akila Dananjaya to roll his arm over now. A slip and short leg in place.

5.6 N Pradeep to C Ervine, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 32/1

5.5 N Pradeep to C Ervine, On a length and width on offer, Ervine looks to hit it hard through the off side but misses. There was no feet movement from him. 32/1

5.4 N Pradeep to C Ervine, Good length outside off, punched through extra cover for a brace. 32/1

5.3 N Pradeep to C Ervine, FOUR! Streaky! Sharp bouncer on middle, Ervine takes it on and goes for the pull but the ball hits him on the centre of the helmet. It flies over the short fine leg fielder and through to the fence. However, the umpire signals it as a boundary. 30/1

5.2 N Pradeep to S Mire, Length ball on middle, worked to mid-wicket for a run. 26/1

5.1 N Pradeep to C Ervine, Good timing! On a length and angling away from Ervine. He punches it on the up through covers. The fielder hares after it but fumbles a bit that allows the batsmen to come back for three. 25/1

4.6 L Malinga to S Mire, Fullish on middle, Mire whips it to the fielder at mid-wicket who makes a sharp stop. 22/1

4.5 L Malinga to S Mire, Length delivery outside off, defended off the back foot. 22/1

4.5 L Malinga to S Mire, Wide! Sprays it down the leg side, Solomon misses the glance. 22/1

4.4 L Malinga to S Mire, FOUR! That was hit fiercely! Short on middle and leg, Mire nails the pull towards square leg. The umpire has to duck under it as the ball goes to the fence like a tracer bullet. 21/1

4.3 L Malinga to S Mire, Sharp bouncer but it's angling down leg, Mire looks to pull it but misses. The players appeal for a caught behind but there is clear daylight between bat and ball. Strange that the umpire doesn't signal it as a wide. One bouncer for the over signaled. 17/1

4.2 L Malinga to S Mire, Low full toss down the leg side, its dipping on the batsman. Mire is foxed by the lack of pace a bit as he chips it just over the mid-wicket fielder. Two runs taken. 17/1

4.1 L Malinga to S Mire, This was there to hit. Short delivery on off, Mire goes for the big pull over mid-wicket but misses it completely. 15/1

3.6 N Pradeep to C Ervine, On a length on off, Ervine covers the line and keeps it out on the track. 15/1

3.5 N Pradeep to C Ervine, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 15/1

3.4 N Pradeep to C Ervine, Length delivery, angling away from Ervine. Played with an open bat face to backward point. 15/1

3.3 N Pradeep to C Ervine, In the channel outside off, left alone. 15/1

3.2 N Pradeep to C Ervine, Fullish delivery outside off, Ervine goes for a booming drive but gets beaten. He was expecting the short one but smart thinking by the bowler. 15/1

3.1 N Pradeep to C Ervine, Brilliant bouncer! Dug in short, Ervine has to sway away from the line to evade it and the keeper leaps to collect it. That zipped past the grill of the helmet. 15/1

2.6 L Malinga to C Ervine, Fullish and tailing back into Craig. He clips it nicely past the short mid-wicket fielder. Picks up three runs for doing so and he is off the mark. 15/1

2.5 L Malinga to C Ervine, Very full and well outside off, Ervine looks to dig it out but misses. 12/1

Craig Ervine comes out to the middle. Leg slip in place for him.

2.4 L Malinga to H Masakadza, OUT! Soft dismissal! This ball should have been put away to the boundary but it becomes his undoing. Short delivery and going down the leg side, Masakadza looks to pull it fine down the leg side but only manages to get a bit of glove on it. Dickwella collects it behind the stumps and appeals confidently. The umpire has no hesitation in ruling it out. However, he walks across to the square leg umpire and decides to refer it upstairs to check for the overstepping. The replays show that Malinga's front foot is on the line. There might be just a shade of it behind the line but it is in doubt. The third umpire gives the benefit of the doubt to the bowler and Hamilton has to go back to the pavilion. Good start for Sri Lanka. 12/1

Masakadza has been caught behind. The umpire is checking for the front foot no ball.

2.3 L Malinga to H Masakadza, On a length this time, Hamilton covers the line and defends this down the track. 12/0

2.2 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Fuller length ball and it's slower in pace, Masakadza puts his head down and defends it calmly. 12/0

2.2 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Wide! Bouncer on middle, Hamilton shapes for the pull but has to bail out of it as it is too high. Wide called for height. 12/0

2.1 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Fuller length ball on off, Masakadza pushes it towards Malinga who in his followthrough stops it. 11/0

1.6 N Pradeep to S Mire, FOUR! Poor by Malinga. Length outside off, the batsman cuts it to third man where Malinga lets the ball go through his legs for a boundary. Sloppy work from him. 11/0

1.5 N Pradeep to H Masakadza, Strays it down the leg side, Masakadza tries to flick it down to fine leg. The batsmen run a single. 7/0

1.4 N Pradeep to H Masakadza, Drifts on the pads, Masakadza clips it through mid-wicket for a couple. 6/0

1.3 N Pradeep to H Masakadza, Lands it on a length, Masakadza defends it off the front foot. 4/0

1.2 N Pradeep to S Mire, Similar length outside off, Mire guides it down to third man for a run. 4/0

1.1 N Pradeep to S Mire, BEATEN! Back of a length ball outside off, Pradeep gets some extra bounce. The batsman tries to defend it but gets beaten. 3/0

Nuwan Pradeep will bowl with the second new ball.

0.6 L Malinga to H Masakadza, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 3/0

0.5 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Slower full toss on middle, Masakadza mistimes his shot and gets it over mid-wicket for a couple. 3/0

Free Hit time.

0.5 L Malinga to H Masakadza, NO BALL! Malinga has overstepped. Bowls a full length ball, the batsman defends it off the front foot. The umpire signals a no ball. 1/0

0.4 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Good length ball, swinging away from the batsman. Masakadza lets it through to the keeper. 0/0

0.3 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Lands it on a length on off, the batsman defends it to point. 0/0

0.2 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Back of a length on off, Masakadza defends it off the back foot. 0/0

0.1 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Starts off on a length outside off, Hamilton pokes at it but gets beaten. Good start by Malinga. 0/0

First Published: June 30, 2017, 10:06 AM IST

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