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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 4th ODI: Ervine Takes Zim Home by 4 Wickets to Level Series 2-2

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 8, 2017, 7:15 PM IST

4th ODI, Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota 08 July, 2018

Toss won by Sri Lanka (decided to bat)

Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets (D/L method)

Man of the Match: Craig Ervine

Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 4th ODI: Ervine Takes Zim Home by 4 Wickets to Level Series 2-2

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and chose to bat first against Zimbabwe in the fourth one-day international in Hambantota on Saturday.

The hosts, who lead the five-match series 2-1 after winning the previous ODI, have included debutant fast bowler Asitha Fernando in place of injured Nuwan Pradeep.

The Graeme Cremer-led Zimbabwe have brought in Chris Mpofu to replace fellow paceman Carl Mumba in a must-win game for the visitors at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium.

Teams:

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (captain), Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dikwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Asitha Fernando, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera.

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (captain), Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Chris Mpofu, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Tarisai Musakanda, Malcolm Waller.

Umpires: Nigel Llong (ENG), Ranmore Martinesz (SRI)

TV Umpire: Ian Gould (ENG)

Match Referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

Commentary (Zimbabwe innings)

So that's it from us for this game. Zimbabwe have leveled the ODI series and made the contest exciting for everyone. Sri Lanka on the other hand will want to brush this defeat aside and come back stronger when they take on the visitors for a virtual finals in Hambantota on the 10th of July at 0945 local (0415 GMT).

Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer says that they were ahead when the rain was coming. Applauds his batsmen for batting really well. Mentions that they believe they can chase down the total so they are not under any pressure for the finals. Ends by saying that they pulled it back in the last 10 overs with the ball.

Angelo Mathews says that it was disappointing as not many times a team scoring 300 ends up on the losing side. Credits Zimbabwe for how they batted but feels that their bowlers didn't hit the right areas. Praises Dickwella and Gunathilaka's knocks, which set up the platform for them. Adds that the pitch slowed down a touch later on. Ends by saying that they should step up their game for the series decider.

Man of the Match, Craig Ervine says that it wasn't too bad to come back after the break as they had the target in their mind. Reckons that they will look to perform their best and make it count in the finals.

After the break, the visitors had a target of 219 (DLS method) in 31 overs set in front of them. They were off to a shaky start as they lost Williams and Raza. However, amongst all this, Ervine kept his cool, scored an unbeaten half century and took his side across the finish line. Apart from Hasaranga, all the other bowlers didn't look much threatening. Malinga and Gunaratne were slightly better in terms of economy while Sandakan and debutant Fernando had a day to forget.

ZIMBABWE HAVE LEVELED THE SERIES 2-2! This pushes the series into the decider now. After not getting off to a good start, the visitors did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 300. Their openers then got off to a flier and kept the required run rate in check. However, both of them got out in quick succession which pegged them back. However, Musakanda and Ervine then added 46 runs to steady the ship. The former then lost his wicket and at the wrong time as rain halted play soon after that.

29.2 L Sandakan to C Ervine, FOUR! Ervine finishes off in style! Fuller outside off, Ervine goes for the reverse sweep. Gets it through the short third man region for a boundary. ZIMBABWE WIN BY 4 WICKETS AND 10 BALLS TO SPARE (DLS METHOD)! 219/6

Peter Moor walks out in the middle. Just 4 runs are required to win.

29.1 L Sandakan to M Waller, OUT! Unnecessary shot! Floats a wrong 'un outside off, Waller goes for a big hit. Gets it off the bottom half of the bat and the ball goes towards deep mid-wicket. Gunathilaka comes running in and takes a safe catch. Waller departs in search of glory. Sandakan gets his first. 215/6

Change of ends for Lakshan Sandakan.

28.6 D Gunathilaka to M Waller, Punched through covers for a single to keep strike. 215/5

28.5 D Gunathilaka to M Waller, FOUR! Sprayed way down the leg side, Waller goes for the scoop. Reaches out to it, gets his bat to it and the ball races away to the fine leg fence. 214/5

28.4 D Gunathilaka to M Waller, FOUR! Top shot! Short and wide outside off, Waller camps back and smashes it through the cover region for a boundary. 210/5

28.3 D Gunathilaka to M Waller, Waller hoicks it over the mid-wicket fielder for a couple. 206/5

28.2 D Gunathilaka to M Waller, Quicker in line of the pads, Waller goes for the scoop but misses. The ball brushes the pads on it's way to the keeper. 204/5

28.1 D Gunathilaka to C Ervine, Ervine comes down the track and mistimes his drive towards long on for a single. 204/5

Danushka Gunathilaka replaces Sandakan.

27.6 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Again full and outside off, Ervine comes down the track and drives it past the bowler for a single towards long off. 16 needed off 18 balls. 203/5

27.5 W Hasaranga to M Waller, Floated outside off, Waller pushes it towards the fielder at cover. the fielder there misfields and the batsmen run a single in the process. 202/5

27.4 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Ervine works it through the square leg region for a single. 201/5

27.3 W Hasaranga to M Waller, Fuller outside off, carved over the point region for a single. 200/5

The DLS par score at the end of this over is 187.

27.2 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Too full on the pads, Ervine flicks it through the backward square leg region for a single. 199/5

27.1 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Clipped through the mid-wicket region for a couple. Brilliant running by the batsmen. 198/5

26.6 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Bowls a googly in line of the stumps, Ervine goes for the reverse sweep. Gets it through covers for a single. Sandakan has conceded 41 in his 3 overs. 196/5

26.5 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Way wide outside off, Ervine still goes after it. Gets an inside edge to it. Beats the keeper and the batsmen run a couple. 195/5

26.4 L Sandakan to C Ervine, FOUR! A bit shortish outside off, Ervine shuffles across and goes for the pull. Beats the two fielders in the deep and the ball races away to the fence for a boundary. 193/5

26.3 L Sandakan to M Waller, Short outside off, Waller punches it towards sweeper cover for a single. 189/5

26.3 L Sandakan to M Waller, Five Wides! Wrong 'un down the leg side, Waller goes for the sweep but he fails to make contact. Dickwella also fails to stop it and the ball races away to the fence. 31 off 28 needed for Zimbabwe. 188/5

26.2 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Ervine sweeps again, gets it towards deep square leg for a single. 183/5

10th ODI fifty for Craig Ervine!

26.1 L Sandakan to C Ervine, FOUR! Beautiful shot to get to his fifty! Tossed up outside of, Ervine kneels down and sweeps it through the front of square leg region for a boundary. Good batting from Ervine. 182/5

Lakshan Sandakan is back on. He has proved expensive so far. Can he change it around for him and his team?

25.6 W Hasaranga to M Waller, FOUR! Bad bowl to end the over and he pays the price for it! Short and sprayed down the leg side, Waller goes for the slog. Gets a top edge on it and the ball flies through the backward square leg region for a boundary. 178/5

25.5 W Hasaranga to M Waller, Fuller outside off, Waller smashes it hard back to the bowler who makes a brilliant stop. 174/5

25.4 W Hasaranga to M Waller, Loopy outside off, Waller drives it back to the bowler. 174/5

25.3 W Hasaranga to M Waller, Short and wide outside off, Waller cuts it past the point fielder for a couple. 174/5

Malcolm Waller strides out to bat. Zimbabwe need 47 off 34 balls.

25.2 W Hasaranga to S Raza, OUT! The bowling change has worked! They say catches win matches and this could be an example of it. Floats it in the line of the stumps, Raza goes hard at it. Hammers it straight back to the bowler. Hasaranga hops and puts his hand in the air and the ball sticks. Raza cannot believe it but he cannot do anything now. Hasaranga has given Sri Lanka a breathing space. Can he strike again? 172/5

25.1 W Hasaranga to S Raza, Fuller in line of the stumps, driven towards the fielder at covers. 172/4

Wanidu Hasaranga comes on to bowl now. It has gone much darker now.

Powerplay 3 has been signalled. Now, 5 overs are allowed outside the circle.

24.6 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Angling across, Raza works it through the mid-wicket region for a single. 172/4

24.5 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Fuller outside off, Ervine drives it through covers for a single. 171/4

24.4 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, FOUR! Ervine is taking Gunaratne on! Fuller in line of the stumps, Ervine goes over mid on again and hits it beautifully for a boundary. Smart batting from Ervine after watching that long on is inside the circle. 170/4

24.3 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, SIX! Pressure relieved! Short around off, Ervine camps back and smacks that over the long on region for a maximum. 166/4

24.2 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, A bit flatter and outside off, Ervine goes to cut it but he misses it again. 160/4

24.1 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Slower outside off, Ervine goes for a drive but he fails to make contact. 160/4

23.6 D Chameera to S Raza, Low full toss around leg, Raza blocks it back to the bowler. 160/4

23.5 D Chameera to S Raza, Good length delivery angling into the batsman, Raza steers it through the backward point region for a couple. 160/4

23.4 D Chameera to S Raza, Fuller in line of the stumps, Raza drives but straight to the fielder at covers. An inch wide either sides and he could have a boundary there. 158/4

23.3 D Chameera to S Raza, FOUR! Slashed hard! Length delivery outside off, Raza pounces on that length as he throws the kitchen sink at it. Gets it over the jumping point fielder for a boundary. 158/4

23.2 D Chameera to C Ervine, Fuller outside off, Ervine throws his bat at it. Gets it through covers for a single. 154/4

23.1 D Chameera to S Raza, Raza punches it towards cover-point for a single. 153/4

22.6 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Raza stays in his crease and flicks it through the mid-wicket region for a single. 152/4

22.5 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Good length delivery around off, Ervine pushes it towards mid on for a single. 151/4

22.4 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, FOUR! Much-needed boundary! Fires that full into the stumps, Ervine somehow manages to get his bat to it. Gets an inside edge to it and the ball races past the keeper to the fine leg fence. 150/4

22.3 A Gunaratne to S Raza, Around the pads, clipped through backward square leg for a single. 146/4

Sikandar Raza strides out to bat. He will need a outing similar to the first match to take his side across the finish line.

22.2 A Gunaratne to S Williams, OUT! Gunaratne strikes! Slower delivery outside off, Williams comes down the track and goes for a big hit. He misses it completely and Dickwella is quick to collect the ball. He dislodges the bails and starts celebrating. Umpire checks upstairs for sideline no ball but Asela is fine. Sri Lanka know how crucial a wicket this is and they are ecstatic. Pressure getting the better of experienced Williams. Zimbabwe now require 74 runs off 52 balls. 145/4

22.1 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Shorter around off, pulled towards deep mid-wicket for a single. 145/3

Asela Gunaratne comes on.

21.6 D Chameera to C Ervine, NOT OUT! Good length delivery outside off, Ervine pushes it towards covers and rushes for a single. Gunaratne is quick to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end. He hits and the players go up in unison. The umpire goes upstairs to check it. Replays show that Ervine just made it in time. So a run taken successfully. 144/3

Asela Gunaratne has scored a direct hit at the bowler's end. Craig Ervine seems to be in danger as umpire Llong refers it upstairs.

21.5 D Chameera to C Ervine, FOUR! Fuller outside off, Ervine drives again but gets it through the gap in covers this time. Gunathilaka tries to cut it off with a desperate dive in the deep but the ball wins the race to the fence. 143/3

21.4 D Chameera to C Ervine, Length delivery outside off, Ervine prods forward in defence. 139/3

21.3 D Chameera to C Ervine, Good length delivery outside off, the ball stays low. Ervine swings across the line but gets beaten. 139/3

21.2 D Chameera to C Ervine, Fuller outside off, Ervine drives it beautifully towards short cover. The fielder there dives to his left and makes a good stop. 139/3

21.1 D Chameera to C Ervine, Good length delivery around off, Ervine gets behind the line of the ball and defends it. 139/3

The players and umpires are back out in the middle. Craig Ervine and Sean Williams will continue with the bat for Zimbabwe. Dushmantha Chameera will begin the proceedings with the ball for Sri Lanka.

Update 1710 local time - So we have got the much awaited news for you and yes it is a positive one. The umpires after inspecting the ground have decided to resume the game at 1720 local. ZIMBABWE NEED 80 RUNS OFF 60 BALLS. Powerplay 3 will take place from 25th to 31st over. One bowler can bowl a maximum of 7 overs. Bad light will also be a key factor here.

Update 1645 local time - Good news, folks! The rain has stopped and the groundstaff are working hard. INSPECTION WILL TAKE PLACE AT 1700 LOCAL.

Update 1630 local time - It's still raining and it looks as if we are for a big delay. Sri Lankan fans won't like this and would pray that the rain clears soon and we get on with the game.

Update 1545 local time - PLAY HALTED - It has started raining and the covers are on the field. As the players made their way off the field, some of the Sri Lankan players were seen having some animated chat with Sean Williams. Hope it was just a regular conversation. Let's hope that the rain clears soon and we get on with the game. ZIMBABWE ARE CURRENTLY AHEAD OF DLS PAR SCORE AT THIS STAGE BY 9 RUNS! Also remember, the floodlights can't be used in this series.

20.6 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Fuller outside off, Ervine defends it off the bottom half and the ball rolls towards the slip cordon. 139/3

20.5 D Gunathilaka to C Ervine, Fuller around off, driven towards long off for a single. 139/3

20.4 D Gunathilaka to C Ervine, Ervine lunges forward and defends it neatly. 138/3

20.3 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Fuller outside off, Williams drives it towards long off for a single. 138/3

20.2 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Clipped through the mid-wicket region for a couple. 137/3

20.1 D Gunathilaka to S Williams, Fires this around off, Williams prods forward in defence. 135/3

Danushka Gunathilaka is brought in for a bowl.

19.6 L Malinga to C Ervine, Length delivery outside off, Ervine prods forward in defence. 20 overs completed and a result is now a certain. 135/3

19.5 L Malinga to C Ervine, Good length delivery outside off, Ervine gets behind the line of the ball and defends it. 135/3

19.4 L Malinga to C Ervine, Length delivery outside off, Ervine swings hard at it but fails to make contact there. Luckily he did not edge it. 135/3

19.3 L Malinga to C Ervine, Good length delivery outside off, Ervine shoulders his arms to it. 135/3

Halt in play as a substitute comes running in with a handkerchief for Mathews to dry the ball.

19.2 L Malinga to C Ervine, Fuller around leg, Ervine clips it through the backward square leg region for a couple. 135/3

19.1 L Malinga to S Williams, Slower delivery around leg, Williams clips it towards mid-wicket for a single. 133/3

Lasith Malinga is called on for a bowl. The Lankan players are taking their merry time to get on with the game. All eyes on the umpire on what their call is. The DLS par score after 20 overs is 127 and if a wicket falls, then it will be 149.

18.6 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Fuller in line of the stumps, Williams defends it on the off side with soft hands for a quick single. 132/3

18.5 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Short and wide outside off, punched through covers for a single. 131/3

Gunaratne loses the ball as he was just about to bowl.

18.4 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Bowls it fuller in line of the stumps, Ervine gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it. 130/3

The groundstaff are ready with the covers at the fence.

18.3 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Fuller outside off, Williams clips it towards wide mid on for a single. 130/3

18.2 A Gunaratne to S Williams, Williams lunges forward and defends it on the off side. 129/3

18.1 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Length delivery outside off, clipped through square leg for a single. 129/3

Asela Gunaratne is back on.

Sean Williams is the next man in.

17.6 D Chameera to T Musakanda, OUT! Chameera strikes! Musakanda was going great but he now has to walk back to the hut! Back of a length delivery outside off, kicks a bit off the deck. Musakanda tries to run it down towards the third man fielder but he only manages a faint edge. The ball flies straight to Dickwella who does not make any mistake. He celebrates in joy and Sri Lanka have got a vital wicket. 128/3

17.5 D Chameera to T Musakanda, Slower delivery on a length outside off, Musakanda prods forward in defence. 128/2

17.4 D Chameera to T Musakanda, FOUR! That was beautiful! Good length delivery outside off, Musakanda uses the pace of the ball and steers it through the backward point region for a boundary. A treat to watch. 128/2

17.3 D Chameera to T Musakanda, FOUR! Clobbered! Full outside off, Musakanda leans into this one and mills it through the wide mid off region for a boundary. 124/2

17.2 D Chameera to T Musakanda, Good length delivery outside off, Musakanda gets drawn into the drive. He throws his bat at it but he fails to make contact. 120/2

17.2 D Chameera to T Musakanda, Wide! Short and wide outside off, Musakanda still goes after it but cannot make contact. The umpire signals it as a wide. 120/2

17.1 D Chameera to T Musakanda, Good length delivery outside off, Musakanda defends it towards the fielder at point. 119/2

Time for Drinks!

16.6 L Sandakan to C Ervine, NOT OUT it is! Wrong one around leg, Ervine is beaten and gets off-balanced in the process. Dickwella doesn't collect it but the ball deflects off him onto the stumps. He appeals and the umpire goes upstairs. The replay shows that Ervine's leg was grounded for the whole time. Wide is not give as well so the ball might have brushed Craig's pads on its way. 119/2

The umpire has gone upstairs to check for a stumping appeal against Craig Ervine. Seems not out though.

16.5 L Sandakan to T Musakanda, Musakanda whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 119/2

16.4 L Sandakan to T Musakanda, Shortish delivery, Musakanda plays a reverse pulls it fine down the off side. A brace is taken. 118/2

16.3 L Sandakan to T Musakanda, FOUR! Full on the stumps, Musakanda kneels down and sweeps it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary. They are not lettying their foot off the pedal. 116/2

16.2 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Tossed up outside off, pushed off the front foot on the off side for a single. 112/2

It's gone really dark there. We cannot use the lights though.

16.1 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Shortish delivery outside off, Ervine looks to cut it but misses as the ball stays low. 111/2

16.1 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Wide! This time down the leg side. Another wide. 111/2

16.1 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Wide! Served wide outside off, Ervine first things of leaving but then goes after it. Misses and gets a wide. 110/2

15.6 D Chameera to T Musakanda, Slower one on a length around off, Musakanda fails to pick it but is lucky to have got an inside edge onto the pads. 109/2

15.5 D Chameera to T Musakanda, Back of a length delivery, punched on the up to backward point. 109/2

15.4 D Chameera to T Musakanda, Full on off, pushed off the front foot to extra cover. 109/2

15.3 D Chameera to T Musakanda, Back of a length delivery outside off, Musakanda looks to go after it but misses. 109/2

15.2 D Chameera to C Ervine, On a length on middle, defended with soft hands on the leg side for a single. 109/2

15.1 D Chameera to C Ervine, Length delivery, pushed to covers. 108/2

Dushmantha Chameera is back on.

14.6 L Sandakan to T Musakanda, FOUR! Crafty! Tossed up around leg, Musakanda kneels down and sweeps it through backward square leg. Gets it in the gap again and finds the fence as well. What a start this, for Zimbabwe. 108/2

14.5 L Sandakan to T Musakanda, Googly outside off, glided off the outer half in the third man region for couple. 104/2

14.4 L Sandakan to T Musakanda, Tossed up outside off, spinning in. Musakanda looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 102/2

14.3 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Slower through the air, gently worked in the square leg region for a single. 102/2

14.2 L Sandakan to C Ervine, FOUR! Short delivery outside off, spinning in. Ervine goes for the back foot punch. Gets a healthy edge and the ball runs fine past the keeper. Mathews tries chasing it down from short third man, gets to the ball but fails to keep it in. A boundary is signaled. 100 up for Zimbabwe. 101/2

14.1 L Sandakan to C Ervine, Served around leg, straightens a touch, Ervine works it towards deep mid-wicket for a brace. 97/2

Lakshan Sandakan is introduced into the attack.

13.6 W Hasaranga to T Musakanda, Musakanda predetermines and reverse sweeps it on the full. Gets it through the short third man region for a brace. 95/2

13.5 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Loopy delivery, pushed down to long on for a single. 93/2

13.4 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Tossed up delivery, turned to short mid-wicket. 92/2

13.3 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, FOUR! Boundaries are still coming! Full delivery, Ervine kneels down and sweeps it superbly through the backward square leg region for a boundary. 92/2

13.2 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Ervine prods forward and blocks it on the off side. 88/2

13.1 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Googly from Wanidu, Ervine plays with soft hands. Gets an outside edge to short third man. 88/2

12.6 A Gunaratne to T Musakanda, Musakanda stays in the crease and keeps it out. 88/2

12.5 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Full around off, milked down to long off for a single. 88/2

12.4 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 87/2

12.3 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Shortish delivery, pulled to mid on. 87/2

It has gone much darker now. The par score at the end of 20-overs is 109-2. Zimbabwe are nicely going at a good pace to achieve that.

12.2 A Gunaratne to T Musakanda, The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single. 87/2

12.1 A Gunaratne to C Ervine, Outside off, Ervine pushes with soft hands on the off side for a single. 86/2

11.6 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, Ervine nudges it behind square on the leg side for a single. 85/2

11.5 W Hasaranga to C Ervine, The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 84/2

Craig Erwine walks out to the middle.

11.4 W Hasaranga to S Mire, OUT! Poor shot selection! After playing so well, Mire decides to scoop this low full toss. Ends up placing it straight into the hands of Mathews at short fine leg. The Lankan skipper doesn't make any mistake and sends the opener back in the hut. Hasaranga has got the hosts back into the game 82/2

11.3 W Hasaranga to S Mire, Mix-up in the middle! Mire taps it off the back foot on the off side. Both the batsmen take off for a run but then hesitate and decide to go back. The throw from the fielder is at the bowler's end but by that time Musakanda is back home. No harm done! 82/1

11.2 W Hasaranga to S Mire, Four Byes! Full outside off, the ball stays low. Mire kneels down to sweep but misses. The ball goes through the gap between Dickwella's legs to the fence behind. Four unnecessary runs, these! 82/1

11.1 W Hasaranga to T Musakanda, Musakanda gets down on one knee, paddle scoops it on the full towards short fine leg. A single is taken. 78/1

10.6 A Gunaratne to T Musakanda, Musakanda eases it down to long off for a single. 77/1

10.5 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Leg bye! Mire looks to reverse sweep the full delivery but misses. The ball brushes the pads and goes towards short third man. A leg bye is taken. 76/1

10.4 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Served around leg, flicked on the leg side. 75/1

10.3 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 75/1

10.2 A Gunaratne to S Mire, FOUR! Another one! Full on the stumps, Mire kneels down and slog sweeps it in front of square on the leg side for a boundary. 75/1

10.1 A Gunaratne to S Mire, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 71/1

Powerplay 2 has been signaled. Now a maximum of four fielders are allowed outside the circle till the 40th over.

9.6 W Hasaranga to T Musakanda, FOUR! Another shortish delivery, finds the fence again. Musakanda goes back and whacks it over wide mid on for a boundary. The wicket doesn't seem to slow the ZIM batsmen down. 71/1

9.5 W Hasaranga to T Musakanda, Wrong one outside off, stays low. Musakanda adjusts well and pushes on the off side. 67/1

Tarasai Musakanda is the next man in.

9.4 W Hasaranga to H Masakadza, OUT! Timber! Hasaranga strikes! A wrong 'un around off. Masakadza fails to pick it. Goes for a drive away from his body. The ball sneaks through the gap and disturbs the woodwork. Hasaranga is delighted and so are his teammates. A much-needed breakthrough this for Sri Lanka. 67/1

9.3 W Hasaranga to S Mire, Mire turns it wide of mid on for a single. 67/0

9.2 W Hasaranga to S Mire, FOUR! Poor delivery, punished! Another shortish delivery, a wrong one. Mire pulls it with disdain over mid-wicket and collects another boundary. Every Lankan bowler is getting a beating today. 66/0

9.1 W Hasaranga to S Mire, Shortish delivery, Mire mistimes his pull to mid-wicket. 62/0

8.6 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat on the leg side. 62/0

8.5 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, FOUR! Swept away! Full around leg, Masakadza kneels down and sweeps it nicely through backward square leg. Mendis in the deep, runs to his right, puts in a dive but fails to cut it off. Zimbabwe openers are cruising through at the moment. 62/0

8.4 A Gunaratne to S Mire, The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single. 58/0

8.3 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, Masakadza stays slightly leg sidish. Gets it off the inner half on the leg side. A single is taken. 57/0

8.2 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, Around leg, punched back to the bowler. 56/0

8.1 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Served fuller on the pads, flicked square of the wicket on the leg side for a single. 56/0

7.6 W Hasaranga to S Mire, Punched off the back foot to long on for a single. 55/0

7.5 W Hasaranga to H Masakadza, Full on the stumps, swept through backward square leg for a single. Slight fumble there but no harm done. 54/0

7.4 W Hasaranga to H Masakadza, FOUR! Good execution! Masakadza dances down the track. Hasaranga spots that and drags his length back. Ends up being a half-tracker and Hamilton whips it off the toe end over wide mid on for a boundary. 53/0

7.3 W Hasaranga to H Masakadza, Hamilton stays in the crease and pushes to cover-point. 49/0

7.2 W Hasaranga to H Masakadza, Shout for lbw! Full outside off, Masakadza gets a long way across to sweep but misses and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal but it's turned down. Impact outside off there. 49/0

7.1 W Hasaranga to S Mire, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total. 49/0

Wanidu Hasaranga to bowl next.

6.6 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, On the pads, clipped off the inner half to short fine leg. 48/0

6.5 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, Served around leg, defended down the track. 48/0

6.4 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 48/0

6.3 A Gunaratne to S Mire, Chance of a run out! Served around leg, Mire works it behind square on the leg side. Fernando from short fine leg, gets to his left and seeing Mire far out, has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. A single is taken. The replays shows, that had the throw hit, Mire was a goner by miles. No idea why Asela didn't collect the throw to take off the bails. 48/0

6.2 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, On the pads, clipped to square leg for a single. 47/0

6.1 A Gunaratne to H Masakadza, Slower through the air around leg, Masakadza fails to flick it through and gets rapped on the pads. 46/0

Asela Gunaratne to replace Lasith Malinga into the attack.

5.6 D Chameera to H Masakadza, Back of a length outside off, dabbed towards third man for a single. 46/0

5.5 D Chameera to H Masakadza, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 45/0

5.4 D Chameera to H Masakadza, FOUR! Streaky! Back of a length delivery around off, Masakadza looks to punch it on the off side. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball runs fine down to the third man fence. Runs are flowing! 45/0

5.3 D Chameera to H Masakadza, Hamilton stays in the crease and blocks it out. 41/0

5.2 D Chameera to H Masakadza, FOUR! Width on offer and punished! Back of a length delivery outside off, Masakadza cuts it away fiercely past the backward point fielder for a boundary. ZIM are off to a flier! 41/0

5.1 D Chameera to H Masakadza, A touch ahead of a length outside off, pushed to mid off. 37/0

Dushmantha Chameera is introduced into the attack.

4.6 L Malinga to S Mire, SIX! My goodness! That came out of nowhere! Back of a length delivery, angling in. Mire latches onto it in a flash. Pulls it away and makes a clean connection. Gets value for it as the ball sails into the stands for a maximum. That made a superb sound. 37/0

4.5 L Malinga to S Mire, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 31/0

4.4 L Malinga to S Mire, Shortish delivery outside off, defended down the wicket. 31/0

4.3 L Malinga to S Mire, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 31/0

4.2 L Malinga to S Mire, Back of a length delivery on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple. 31/0

4.1 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Slanting into the pads, Masakadza plays it with the angle through wide mid on. The sluggish outfield slows the ball down. Three runs taken. 29/0

3.6 A Fernando to S Mire, FOUR! It's too easy for Mire at the moment. Full outside off, Mire lofts it over mid off to collect another boundary. 14 runs off the over and Fernando has a debut to forget so far. 26/0

3.5 A Fernando to S Mire, FOUR! Mistimed but into the gap! Short and angling in. Mire goes for the pull. Is slightly early into his shot and ends up miscuing it in the deep mid-wicket region. Tharanga there, runs to his right but fails to reach it. The ball bounces and trickles down to the fence. Hitting with the wind saved him there. 22/0

3.4 A Fernando to S Mire, Falls just safe! A touch ahead of a length outside off. Solomon looks to loft it on the up over covers. Gets it off the toe just over the extra cover fielder. It's wide of the cover fielder and a brace is taken. 18/0

3.3 A Fernando to S Mire, Good length delivery outside off, dabbed to point. 16/0

3.2 A Fernando to S Mire, FOUR! In the gap! Full and straight, Mire shimmies across and flicks it elegantly through wide mid on for a boundary. 16/0

3.1 A Fernando to S Mire, On a good length around off, Mire gets across and punches it to mid off. 12/0

2.6 L Malinga to H Masakadza, FOUR! Put away! Straying on the pads, Masakadza flicks it off the meat over mid-wicket for a boundary. His first one and that's first runs conceded by Malinga today. 12/0

2.5 L Malinga to H Masakadza, In the air... safe! Angling into the pads, Masakadza looks to flick it across the line but gets a leading edge. The ball lobs in the extra cover region, eludes the diving fielder there by just. Mid off covers it up. No runs taken. 8/0

2.4 L Malinga to H Masakadza, On a length around off, tapped back to the bowler. 8/0

2.3 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Length delivery, angling in, punched to mid on. 8/0

2.2 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Beaten! On a good length outside off, nips away after pitching. Masakadza once again feels for it but gets beaten all ends up. Malinga is having a gala time against Hamilton. 8/0

2.1 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Wide outside off, Masakadza fails to cash in on it. Mistimes his punch to covers. 8/0

1.6 A Fernando to S Mire, Full around off, Solomon prods forward and pushes to mid off. 8/0

1.5 A Fernando to H Masakadza, Straight on middle, Hamilton shuffles across and flicks it behind square on the leg side for a single. 8/0

1.4 A Fernando to H Masakadza, Masakadza gets across and taps it on the off side. 7/0

1.3 A Fernando to H Masakadza, Back of a length delivery, angling in, tucked to mid-wicket. 7/0

1.2 A Fernando to S Mire, Better this time. It's a full outswinger around off, Mire glides it off the toe end to third man for a single. 7/0

1.1 A Fernando to S Mire, SIX! Welcome to the international arena, Asitha Fernando! Gets his line completely wrong. Bowls a back of a length delivery, angling down leg. Mire pulls it with disdain over long leg for a maximum. That will make up for the first maiden over. 6/0

Asitha Fernando to bowl with the second new ball from the other end.

0.6 L Malinga to H Masakadza, On a length outside off, shaping away a touch. Masakadza looks to defend it but gets a bottom edge into the ground and towards the keeper. MAIDEN TO START OFF! 0/0

0.5 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Shortish delivery around off, Hamilton looks to play it on the off side but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 0/0

0.4 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Another full outswinger, pushed gently to mid off. 0/0

0.3 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Back of a length delivery outside off. This one also moves away from the batsman, who leaves it watchfully. 0/0

0.2 L Malinga to H Masakadza, Another outswinger, this time on the fuller side. Pushed to cover-point. 0/0

0.1 L Malinga to H Masakadza, What a ball to start off! Almost catches the outside edge. Pitches it on a good length around off, shapes away beautifully. Masakadza feels for it but gets beaten by the away movement. Nearly a wicket off the first ball. 0/0

First Published: July 8, 2017, 9:57 AM IST

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