Zimbabwe Triangular Series - 3rd match

Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 64 balls remaining)

Sri Lanka have won the toss and elected to field. Angelo Mathews, who picked an injury, and Thilan Samaraweera are not playing today. Jeevan Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal come in, while Zimbabwe are unchanged. Chigumbura comments that one area his side is worried about is the extras - they were horrendous against India and need to address that, more so in an overs-reduced game. The Lankans are out limbering up. Time for action.

12.45pm Right. Mike Haysman confirms that it is going to be a 27-over game, starting in the next 15 minutes. The sun is out and the clouds have receded, so things looks good for some action. Powerplays are reduced to 6, 3 and 2 overs each. Two bowlers can bowl six, while three others can bowl five each, so this is a bit like an extended Twenty20 game. Zimbabwe will fancy their chances.

12.16pm No updates from the last one - we trust the grounds are being readied for a 1.00pm start (i.e. in 44 minutes from now) as discussed before. A few of our readers have asked if the teams can change their XIs now that the match is set to be curtailed. The toss is yet to happen and the teams have NOT yet been announced, so it is all open. There will be a pro-rated reduction of Powerplay overs, and of course, the maximum overs per bowler. Will get you the news, fresh off the press once we have it.

11.18am Sriharsha: "Is there a reserve day, if at all the match gets abandoned? Or the points would be shared?" The latter. No reserve days have been allotted for these games, and if it is washed out today, SL and Zim will share the spoils, two points each. Do check the NRR situation and points table on our series page. As of now, Zimbabwe and India are tied on four points each, with Sri Lanka on zero after one game.

11.08am Hurray! The rain has stopped, and the covers are off! If there is no more rain, and the skies do seem to have cleared, we are looking at a 1.00pm start, for a 27-over match, according to Tony Greig. There are some wet puddles in the outfield, and there is a chance that the ropes will be pulled in, depending on how the captains decide to take this forward. Stay tuned for more - the start is still a 110 minutes away. While the kindness of the rain gods bodes well for everyone eager to catch some action, it comes as a major relief for Sri Lanka who would have been in dire straits as far as the series is concerned, if this game were to be washed out. Now, they have a chance to enforce a three-way tie, as we discussed before. Note - there is another set of league games to follow, so still a long way to go before we identify the finalists.

10.21am Some more updates that came a short while back. Umpire Russel Tiffin: "We plan to inspect at 12.30 (local time) and if we cannot start then we will have to abandon the game." Groundsman Douglas Higgins said the outfield is holding up and would be playable if the rain did not continue for long. So, just over a couple of hours of time, there is still hope for this game. Fingers crossed.

9.36am Right, we have a couple of morose updates. The rain is yet to let up, in fact it's been pattering down all night. Huge patches of water in the outfield, and let's not even get there until the heavens relent - which they currently seem to have no plan of doing so. The game was scheduled to have started at 9:30am, which means we have already lost a couple of overs. Tony Greig, on air, reckons we will lose many more and he believes it is going to be closer to a twenty-over shoot-out, if at all. He also says it should take around two hours to mop up this outfield. The cut off time for the game to start is 2pm, which leaves the rains a couple of hours to clear before the groundstaff can get started on the field.

9.25am No news from Bulawayo, here at Cricinfo HQ. Stay tuned - we'll keep you updated as soon as we have news. The covers are still out, and the coin is yet to be tossed. As we have heard during the course of the series, light fades away quickly in the evenings in this part of the world and there are no floodlights to augment the natural illumination - a curtailed game is on the cards, but you never know.

8.49am It does seem like the rain has eased out, but the covers are firmly in place, covering the area surrounding the square. The start is still some time away.

A warm welcome to game three of the tri-series, where Sri Lanka face off against the hosts Zimbabwe. Both teams have traded blows against India, with contrasting results. Zimbabwe came up trumps, chasing down 286, while Sri Lanka struggled in a surprisingly one-sided defeat. Today is a chance for the Emerald islanders to pull one back, and if they do, we will have an interesting situation in the league table, with a three-way tie, going into the second round of games. Zimbabwe will sure have other plans though, and if they play anything like they did against India, they will be tough to trump.

8.34am A wet start to the day I'm afraid - the covers are out and there is some light rain. Unlikely we will have an on-time start, stay tuned for more. Early showers could make the toss even more vital than it has been in the first couple of games. The team batting second has won both matches so far, and with rain and cloud in the air, expect the team winning the toss to elect to field today as well.

I am Nitin Sundar, your commentator for the day.

0.1

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, jagging in to the batsman, cutting him in half, thuds into Masakadza's thingh as he looks to play to the leg side

0.2

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, again, exaggerated movement into the right-hander, who can't get bat on it

0.3

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, moves in again, from short of a length, this time Masakadza gets bat on it and works it to midwicket

0.4

Kulasekara to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, walks across outside off to negate the swing and gets it away fine, to square leg. First run on the board

0.5

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, short of a length again, moving in to the batsman, taps it to the leg side and gets off the mark

Keeper up to the stump to keep Masakadza on a leash.

0.6

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, short of a length, tidy start from Kula. Masakadza tries to work it down the ground, not for runs.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
H Masakadza    0* (5b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0
BRM Taylor    1* (1b)     

A bit of confusion, latest update - it is a 26-over game, not 27, as we were told all along. We'll get the final word on this asap. Dilhara Fernando to bowl.

1.1

Fernando to Taylor, no run, faster than Kula, as one would expect, not much movement from short of a length on off stump. Played back down the pitch

1.2

Fernando to Taylor, no run, short and slightly wide outside off, Taylor latches on to it and cuts it away cricply, but some sparkling fielding from Kapugedera at point, diving to his right, cuts the single

1.3

Fernando to Taylor, 1 run, short and straight, hurries Taylor into the pull, he gets it away square for a poorly-timed pull, for a single

1.4

Fernando to Masakadza, 1 run, short of a length on leg stump, and tucked away deftly into the vacant midwicket, and they hustle across aiming for a second, but decide against it eventually

1.5

Fernando to Taylor, OUT, and Dilhara has struck, very strange shot from Taylor, who reacted to the short-of-length ball outside off, by backing away to the leg side, the way Chris Martin would have. It moved away off the seam, and in the end, he offered a limp nothing shot outside off, it kissed the edge and landed in Chandimal's gloves.

BRM Taylor c †Chandimal b Fernando 2 (7m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Greg Lamb has come in, this is a bit of a surprise

1.6

Fernando to Lamb, 1 run, short again, good pace and lines from Fernando, pushes the batsman back as he taps it to the leg side

End of over 2 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 5/1 (RR: 2.50)
GA Lamb    1* (1b)      CRD Fernando    1-0-3-1
H Masakadza    1* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-1-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Lamb, no run, nicely bowled by Kula, he hits the McGrath line just outside off, planting seeds of doubt as Lamb forward-prods with no conviction, and misses

2.2

Kulasekara to Lamb, 2 runs, slightly shorter this time, and that allows Lamb to get back and punch it through the covers

2.3

Kulasekara to Lamb, no run, cuts in from outside off, and Lamb manages to jab it away at the last moment to the off side

2.4

Kulasekara to Lamb, 1 run, hint of movement outside off, draws the batsman forward and gets a thickish outside edge to third man

2.5

Kulasekara to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, short and darting in from middle to leg, ball balloons off thigh pad to the leg side for a quick single

2.6

Kulasekara to Lamb, no run, fuller this time, gets forward and blocks to the on side

End of over 3 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 9/1 (RR: 3.00)
GA Lamb    4* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-4-0
H Masakadza    1* (7b)      CRD Fernando    1-0-3-1

3.1

Fernando to Masakadza, 1 run, short ball angling into Masakadza who looks assured in his pull-hoick, but the execution goes awry, and he shovels it off something to the right of the keeper and they run a single

3.2

Fernando to Lamb, no run, outdone by pace, Lamb to the slaughter hangs in there and ducks as it whizzes past outside off

3.3

Fernando to Lamb, 1 run, gets nicely behind this one, rises on his toes and works it with the wrists to midwicket

So Powerplays are going to be 5,3 and 2 overs each. One bowler to bowl 6 overs, rest can bowl 5 each. 26-overs game.

3.4

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, clocked at 140.9 kph, explodes from short of a length outside off and Masakadza smartly pulls out of the pull shot, Chandimal leaps and collects

3.5

Fernando to Masakadza, FOUR, right, Hamilton has had enough of being dictated to by Dilhara. He predicted another short ball, stayed put on the back foot and swung it away disdainfully over midwicket. Good shot to bring the first four of the day

3.6

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, smart comeback ball - Dilhara's patented split finger slower ball, in this case it is 130 kph, still a marked change in pace from his previous balls. Masakadza is early into the pull, swings and misses

End of over 4 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 15/1 (RR: 3.75)
H Masakadza    6* (11b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-9-1
GA Lamb    5* (8b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-4-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Lamb, no run, worked away off the pads straight to short midwicket

4.2

Kulasekara to Lamb, no run, short of a length again, tries to work it past that nagging man at short midwicket, who puts in a dive to his left to stop it

4.3

Kulasekara to Lamb, no run, ooh, swings in sharply and catches the batsman plumb... but it was doing too much and was probably going to miss and go high

4.4

Kulasekara to Lamb, no run, inward movement again, Lamb just about covers it and plays it back down the ground. The Lamb experiment has not worked so far

4.5

Kulasekara to Lamb, 2 runs, whipped away off the pads into the leg side, Lamb timed that reasonably well for a couple

4.6

Kulasekara to Lamb, 1 run, short outside off, and pulled with a lot of aggression and no timing, it went slowly enough to mid on to permit a hurried single

End of over 5 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 18/1 (RR: 3.60)
GA Lamb    8* (14b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-7-0
H Masakadza    6* (11b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    2-0-9-1

Bowling Powerplay taken. Three overs. Lamb is not the best man to be out there, with his whopping career strike-rate of 41.

5.1

Fernando to Lamb, 1 run, opened up by the movement, gets a leading edge as he looks to whip it away, it goes behind square on the off side

5.2

Fernando to Masakadza, FOUR, fortuitious four runs. Makes room to the leg side and swings at it without much conviction towards the offside, gets an edge high over where first slip stands and it runs away for four to third man

5.3

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, tucked up by a tighter line outside off, he can't get it away for runs through the off side.

5.4

Fernando to Masakadza, 1 run, makes room to the leg side again, and looks to steer it fine through the leg side, but there is a man standing at a squarish short third man, who dives and saves a few runs

5.5

Fernando to Lamb, no run, moving in to Lamb, who looks to score through the leg side, but gets neither placement nor timing

5.6

Fernando to Lamb, no run, bouncer to finish the over, and Lamb ducks this time to let it go through to the keeper

End of over 6 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 24/1 (RR: 4.00)
GA Lamb    9* (17b)      CRD Fernando    3-0-15-1
H Masakadza    11* (14b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-0-7-0

International Man of Mystery, Ajantha Mendis to bowl his mixed bag of tricks now.

6.1

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, tossed up on leg stump, nudged down to mid on for a quick single

6.2

BAW Mendis to Lamb, (no ball) 1 run, freehit coming up, over-steps and lands it on leg stump, worked down to square leg

6.2

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, almighty hoick over midwicket, that tried and tested response to a free hit - does not work this time. Top edge balloons to Thissara Perera who is bemused after taking the catch. Not out, mate!

6.3

BAW Mendis to Lamb, OUT, and Lamb holes out this time. Mendis continues to work on that short of a length area, on leg stump and Lamb goes for a sweep without much idea of what the ball is doing. The top edge loops up to square leg, where jeewan Mendis runs back to take a nice catch. Lamb has been doubly Mendis-ed, so to speak.

GA Lamb c BMAJ Mendis b BAW Mendis 10 (23m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

Craig Ervine is the new man in

6.4

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, 3 runs, outside off and short of a length, he rocks back and cuts it between point and cover.

6.5

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, length ball, going through from off stump, gets forward and defends

6.6

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, straighter this time, angling across from leg to middle, Ervine looks to tip and run to the leg side, but does not succeed

End of over 7 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 31/2 (RR: 4.42)
CR Ervine    0* (2b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-7-1
H Masakadza    16* (17b 2x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-15-1

Zim have not done too well so far. Credit to Sri Lanka, they looked the more eager of the two sides. Thissara Perera to bowl

7.1

Perera to Masakadza, 1 wide, whoa, bangs it in very short and very wide and gets it to swing away, would have gone straight to first slip if he were there. As it trasnpired, Chandimal collected the wide

7.1

Perera to Masakadza, 3 runs, short again and wide, Hamilton charges out and looks to blast it over long off, but does not middle it. Jeevan Mendis runs back from mid off, but does not put in the dive that may have given him one of the all-time classic catches

7.2

Perera to Ervine, 1 leg bye, tucks him up on middle and leg, fended away to the leg side, it runs off the pads and they take a leg bye

7.3

Perera to Masakadza, 1 run, short outside off, he rises with the bounce and looks to upper cut it, and gets it straight to third man

7.4

Perera to Ervine, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, tipped to the off side with very soft hands for a single

7.5

Perera to Masakadza, FOUR, robust swipe from Masakadza, pre-meditates the sashay down the track again, and this time Thissara pitches it in his region, and he drives it past the diving mid off

7.6

Perera to Masakadza, SIX, whump! Perera shortens the length, expecting another jail break, but Hamilton out-foxes him, stays back and pulls it violently over midwicket. Timing all over that hit, it landed well back. 17 off the over

End of over 8 (17 runs) Zimbabwe 48/2 (RR: 6.00)
H Masakadza    30* (21b 3x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    1-0-16-0
CR Ervine    1* (4b)      BAW Mendis    1-0-7-1

8.1

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, short of a length, cramping him for room outside off, misses the cut

8.2

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, beautifully disguised googly, slower and loopier than his usual stuff. Erwine is befuddled

8.3

BAW Mendis to Ervine, 1 run, picks it this time, and gets bat on it, just about, to the off side for a single

8.4

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, 3 byes, alow wrong un' turning from off down the leg side, Masakadza pre-meditated the lap-sweep and made no contact. Chandimal can't stop it either and they pick some byes

Slip in for Erwine.

8.5

BAW Mendis to Ervine, 1 run, short and on leg stump, lets Erwine pull, but he does not time it. Gets a single

8.6

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, no run, on leg stump, whipped away wide of midwicket, who puts in some quick yards to scupper thoughts of a quick single

End of over 9 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 53/2 (RR: 5.88)
H Masakadza    30* (23b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-9-1
CR Ervine    3* (8b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-16-0

Randiv the offie comes on.

9.1

Randiv to Ervine, 1 run, whipped away against the turn off the back foot, to mid on for a quick single

9.2

Randiv to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, whoa, turn and bounce from around the wicket, turning sharply towards the leg side, Masakadza gets something on it, down to short fine leg

9.3

Randiv to Ervine, no run, grip and turn, right across Ervine, who surely prefers India's medium-pacers to this stuff

9.4

Randiv to Ervine, 1 run, gets it away to the on side and turns the strike over

9.5

Randiv to Masakadza, 1 run, Masakadza walks all over Bulawayo, from outside leg to outside off and works it away with the spin, to square leg

9.6

Randiv to Ervine, no run, defended towards point, not for runs.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 57/2 (RR: 5.70)
CR Ervine    5* (12b)      S Randiv    1-0-3-0
H Masakadza    31* (25b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    2-0-9-1

10.1

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, 2 runs, loopy googly on middle, turned away to midwicket for an easy single, oh hang on, they are taking a rather manic second, the throw was not great and they make it

10.2

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, no run, whipped away straight to square leg

10.3

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, rocks back and bunts this one down to wide long on for one

10.4

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, ooh, ripping flipping straighter one at 99.6 kph, raps him on the pads as he gets forward and there is a stifled appeal

10.5

BAW Mendis to Ervine, 1 run, down the track with no conviction, worked straight to midwicket for a risky single

10.6

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, no run, turned away towards the leg side, but can't get it past midwicket

End of over 11 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 61/2 (RR: 5.54)
H Masakadza    34* (29b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    3-0-13-1
CR Ervine    6* (14b)      S Randiv    1-0-3-0

Despite looking all at sea, Zim have made a rather quick start

11.1

Randiv to Ervine, no run, full on leg and straightening, raps him on the pads and Randiv clears his throat with a loud appeal

11.2

Randiv to Ervine, no run, no clue about that one either, turns and hits something, but no where near his bat

11.3

Randiv to Ervine, 1 run, swept with anger and intent, but can't get it past deep square leg

11.4

Randiv to Masakadza, no run, nearly succumbs to the leading edge, turns the face of the bat a little early and it pops up in the offside.

11.5

Randiv to Masakadza, no run, shortens the length, stays back and looks to score through the off side, but no luck

11.6

Randiv to Masakadza, 2 runs, stays back again and forces it to the leg side with the spin, and they hare across for a couple

End of over 12 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 64/2 (RR: 5.33)
H Masakadza    36* (32b 3x4 1x6)      S Randiv    2-0-6-0
CR Ervine    7* (17b)      BAW Mendis    3-0-13-1

For the record, there are two more Powerplay overs - the batting Powerplay, which Zim is yet to take.

12.1

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, spin, across Ervine who is happy to survive this wonderful spell

12.2

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, loopy leggie outside off and he plays it to the leg side

12.3

BAW Mendis to Ervine, OUT, Mendis has his man, it was always on the cards, and as was to be expected, it is that lethal googly of his doing the trick. Ervine came down the track, almost as if he was in a trance, rolled his head skywards and swung the bat towards midwicket, the ball duly turned away, took the outside edge and nestled in the hands of the lone slip fielder. Seeya later

CR Ervine c Dilshan b BAW Mendis 7 (23m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 35.00

12.4

BAW Mendis to Coventry, no run

12.5

BAW Mendis to Coventry, no run, wily two-finger googly from Mendis, misses the forward prod, misses the hurried back-foot movement towards the off side, and somehow misses off stump too. Epic bowling this.

12.6

BAW Mendis to Coventry, 1 run

End of over 13 (1 run) Zimbabwe 65/3 (RR: 5.00)
CK Coventry    1* (3b)      BAW Mendis    4-0-14-2
H Masakadza    36* (32b 3x4 1x6)      S Randiv    2-0-6-0

13.1

Randiv to Coventry, 1 run

13.2

Randiv to Masakadza, 1 run, gets outside off and laps it away to the leg side for a single

13.3

Randiv to Coventry, no run, shortens the length, and turns in quickly, as Coventry dropped his plans of swinging it over midwicket and defended

13.4

Randiv to Coventry, 1 run, shorter outside off, cut away square for a single

13.5

Randiv to Masakadza, 1 run, hit away towards midwicket for another single

13.6

Randiv to Coventry, SIX, whoa! By the law of averages, they had to time one of these swipes, and boy was that timed! Offie, spinning in to the right hander, Coventry was down on one knee and swung it high over cow corner

End of over 14 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 75/3 (RR: 5.35)
CK Coventry    9* (7b 1x6)      S Randiv    3-0-16-0
H Masakadza    38* (34b 3x4 1x6)      BAW Mendis    4-0-14-2

14.1

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, 2 runs, short leggie, wide outside off and pulled away to midwicket for a couple. Jeevan Mendis is the new bowler.

14.2

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, no run, fuller and spinning away from the right-hander, very hustly style of bowling

14.3

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, turning away again, he gets back and whips it to the leg side for one

14.4

BMAJ Mendis to Coventry, 1 run, stays back and punches with the turn down to long on

14.5

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, no run, swing and a miss, as it lands on leg and straightens, thuds into the back thigh, but that's not out

14.6

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, 1 leg bye, gets some pad on the attempted swipe to leg and it trickles away for a leg bye

End of over 15 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 80/3 (RR: 5.33)
H Masakadza    41* (39b 3x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-4-0
CK Coventry    10* (8b 1x6)      S Randiv    3-0-16-0

15.1

Randiv to Masakadza, 1 run, short and straightening from off, whipped away off the backfoot, square to the leg side

15.2

Randiv to Coventry, 1 run, short again, looks to work it off the back foot and bunts it for one to short midwicket

15.3

Randiv to Masakadza, 1 run, tossed up on the block-hole, driven down to long on

15.4

Randiv to Coventry, no run, goes for a reverse sweep, and misses it completely. The keeper is also befuddled.

15.5

Randiv to Coventry, OUT, gone. Coventry was looking fidgety and wanted to dominate the spinners, this was in his slot and he looked to hit straight, but got too much elevation, at the cost of range, it went high and swirled around, before landing in Thissara Perera's safe hands

CK Coventry c Perera b Randiv 11 (12m 11b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

15.6

Randiv to Masakadza, no run, tossed up on off stump, tries to work it away again to the leg side, and does not beat the infield

End of over 16 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 83/4 (RR: 5.18)
H Masakadza    43* (42b 3x4 1x6)      S Randiv    4-0-19-1
E Chigumbura    0* (0b)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-4-0

16.1

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, driven down to wide long off with the spin

16.2

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, holds it back, 71 kph on off stump, turning away, the batsman waits and waits before guiding it to the off side

16.3

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, OUT, ah! Tragedy this - Chigumbura is gone to one of the few bad balls on offer, and Jeevan Mendis has his maiden wicket with a rank bad long hop, Chigumbura went for the pull and got a bottom edge on to the stumps.

E Chigumbura b BMAJ Mendis 1 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Andy Blignaut to face.

16.4

BMAJ Mendis to Blignaut, no run, Tossed up outside off, gets forward and blocks;

16.5

BMAJ Mendis to Blignaut, 1 run, short googly, gets back and forces it past the tumbling whort midwicket

16.6

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, no run, nice bowling, tossed up on leg, and raps Masakadza on the pads

End of over 17 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 86/5 (RR: 5.05)
H Masakadza    44* (44b 3x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-7-1
AM Blignaut    1* (2b)      S Randiv    4-0-19-1

Interestingly it was againt Zimbabwe that Jeevan Mendis took a record-breaking spell of 7 for 19 in the 2001 U-19 World cup. He was the man of that tournament

17.1

Randiv to Blignaut, OUT, another one bites the dust. Vicious turn from Randiv, from round the wicket, ripping across Blignaut from leg stump to off, beating the forward prod. It hit something, from first view it seemed like his thigh, and was pouched behind. The umpire reckoned it was an edge

AM Blignaut c †Chandimal b Randiv 1 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Cremer to face.

17.2

Randiv to Cremer, 1 run, tossed up on leg, looks to work it to the leg side and it loops to the short midwicket who runs across and has a shy, and concedes an overthrow

17.3

Randiv to Masakadza, 1 run, driven down the ground, towards long on for a single

17.4

Randiv to Cremer, 1 run, shorter outside off, gets back and taps to the off side for one

17.5

Randiv to Masakadza, 1 run, on off stump, straightening into the batsman who works it to wide mid on

17.6

Randiv to Cremer, OUT, he's a gonner! Perfect offie's dismissal, that was tossed up outside off, eliciting the batsman to flick towards the legside, but leaving him complacent enough to do so without closing the bat-pad gap. It beat the shot, and snuck in to shatter the timber

AG Cremer b Randiv 2 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

End of over 18 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 90/7 (RR: 5.00)
     S Randiv    5-0-23-3
H Masakadza    46* (46b 3x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-7-1

Prosper Utseya walks in. Sri Lanka are the side in the pink of prosperity as of now.

18.1

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, no run, stays back and drives it down to mid off

18.2

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run

18.3

BMAJ Mendis to Utseya, no run, tossed up on leg, the batsman gets forward and defends

18.4

BMAJ Mendis to Utseya, no run, again, tight line on leg, turning towards off, defended

18.5

BMAJ Mendis to Utseya, 1 wide, this one slips down the leg for a wide

18.5

BMAJ Mendis to Utseya, OUT, and now a dream leggie's dismissal for Jeevan Mendis! Beautiful, ripping legspinner turning across from leg stump and defeating the forward prod. The batsman over-balanced on the front foot and Chandimal whipped the bails off in far lesser time than it takes to read out BMAJ Mendis' full name

P Utseya st †Chandimal b BMAJ Mendis 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Slip and forward short leg in.

18.6

BMAJ Mendis to Price, no run, tossed up googly, gets forward and defends from middle stump line

End of over 19 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 92/8 (RR: 4.84)
RW Price    0* (1b)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-9-2
H Masakadza    47* (48b 3x4 1x6)      S Randiv    5-0-23-3

19.1

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, short of a length outside off, driven down the track of the back foot

19.2

Kulasekara to Masakadza, 1 run, short of a length outside off, tapped down with soft hands for a quick single.

19.3

Kulasekara to Price, 1 run, risky single, tapped straight to point, who shied at the stumps and missed

19.4

Kulasekara to Masakadza, 2 runs, full outside off, Masakadza walks down the track and plays it away to the leg side for two to bring up a fine fifty.

19.5

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, straight outside off and Masakadza is at it again, scurrying across the stumps to work it to the leg side, and does not make contact. Loud appeal, but he was entirely outside off when it struck him

19.6

Kulasekara to Masakadza, 1 run, full on leg, Masakadza taps it away with the intention of taking a strike-retaining single. As they would say in Madras, he did over-gaaji. Can't blame him too.

End of over 20 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 97/8 (RR: 4.85)
H Masakadza    51* (53b 3x4 1x6)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-12-0
RW Price    1* (2b)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-9-2

20.1

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, no run, tossed up outside off, gets forward and defends

20.2

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, no run, comes down the track this time, and defends to the off side

20.3

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, no run, short this time, and he can't capitalise cutting it straight to cover.

20.4

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, short again, stays back and pull-punches it down to long on

20.5

BMAJ Mendis to Price, 1 run, Price gets forward and guides it with the leg spin, square to the off side

20.6

BMAJ Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, pitched up on leg stump, and Masakadza tried to send it flying out of the ground, but could not get enough bat on it. Trickles off the bottom edge to short fine leg

End of over 21 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 100/8 (RR: 4.76)
H Masakadza    53* (58b 3x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-12-2
RW Price    2* (3b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-0-12-0

21.1

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, whipped away with the wrists to midwicket

21.2

BAW Mendis to Price, no run, short of a length outside off, uncertain prod to the offside, no run

21.3

BAW Mendis to Price, no run, tossed up, googly, Price picks it, gets forward and blocks

21.4

BAW Mendis to Price, no run, pitched up again, driven meekly straight to mid off

21.5

BAW Mendis to Price, no run, shortens the length outside off, and misses the attempted guide to the off side, by a whisker

21.6

BAW Mendis to Price, no run, tossed up on off and middle, gets forward and defends down the track

End of over 22 (1 run) Zimbabwe 101/8 (RR: 4.59)
RW Price    2* (8b)      BAW Mendis    5-0-15-2
H Masakadza    54* (59b 3x4 1x6)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-12-2

Nick: "WOW. look at Jeevan Mendis' full name, Balapuwaduge Manukulasuriya Amith Jeevan Mendis. Imagine spelling this on spelling bee. I already give up." Batting PowerPlay taken. Price is gonna smash the wits out of the bowling now. Fernando comes on.

22.1

Fernando to Masakadza, FOUR, slow full toss, decieves Hamilton who somehow connects with his hoick and gets it over the infield, through to the square leg fence

22.2

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, makes room by moving to the leg side and swings hard, making no contact

22.3

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, down the track this time, and looks to drill it down the ground, but makes no contact. Hint of away movement, takes it away from the outside edge

22.4

Fernando to Masakadza, 1 run, out of the crease again, yorks himself and gets some inside edge and pad on it, as it runs away to the leg side

22.5

Fernando to Price, 1 run, bouncer, Price was expecting it, stayed back and pulled it into the ground for a single

22.6

Fernando to Masakadza, 2 runs, low full toss on leg, Masakadza drives hard to long on and labours across for a second. A better throw would have caught him short

End of over 23 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 109/8 (RR: 4.73)
H Masakadza    61* (64b 4x4 1x6)      CRD Fernando    4-0-23-1
RW Price    3* (9b)      BAW Mendis    5-0-15-2

23.1

BAW Mendis to Price, no run, full toss on leg stump, worked straight to square leg

23.2

BAW Mendis to Price, 1 run, short of a length on middle and off, bunted down to long on to give Masakadza the strike

23.3

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, no run, played away to the off side, can't find the gap

23.4

BAW Mendis to Masakadza, 1 run, down the track and driven hard straight to long on

23.5

BAW Mendis to Price, 2 runs, short of a length on legstump, whipped away to midwicket and they scurry for a couple

23.6

BAW Mendis to Price, 1 wide, Price goes for a reverse sweep, what a stud! And misses, and it is called a wide as it slips down the leg. Moral victory for the batsman, Not.

23.6

BAW Mendis to Price, 1 run, And now the violence, he pulls out the slog sweep, off the last ball of Powerplay, straight to long leg for one

End of over 24 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 115/8 (RR: 4.79)
RW Price    7* (13b)      BAW Mendis    6-0-21-2
H Masakadza    62* (66b 4x4 1x6)      CRD Fernando    4-0-23-1

Sandun: "Nick, most of the Sri Lankans have longer names than that. In this case, only Amith Jeevan is his name. All other three names are surnames. Sri Lankans have surnames from both side of the given names." Now we know.

24.1

Fernando to Price, 1 run, short of a length outside off, comes out of the crease and swings it to long on for one

24.2

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, good bouncer, cramping the batsman and he lets it go outside off

24.3

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, big swing of the bat to the full ball, towards the leg side, he's created a strong breeze across the ground, but misses the ball

24.4

Fernando to Masakadza, OUT, Masakadza's effort has come to an end, thanks to another smart bouncer from Fernando. He was looking to get forward, and was taken by surprise by the short one, but went through with the pull. It looped over midwicket, and Kulasekara running back, took a good catch and tumbled over backwards.

H Masakadza c Kulasekara b Fernando 62 (108m 69b 4x4 1x6) SR: 89.85

24.5

Fernando to Price, 1 wide, another bouncer, this one takes off and goes very high, it is called wide

24.5

Fernando to Price, 1 run, OUT, Fitting end to an innings full of fits and starts. Price looks to shovel the full ball to the leg side, and the comedy of errors begins with his leading edge that takes it high towards the covers. Jeevan Mendis runs in miles from the boundary and dives forward, but fails to collect the catch. Price is keen on farming the strike and looks to take a second, and Perera notices he is halfway down, and lobs a throw to the bowler who breaks the stumps.

RW Price run out 9 (29m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

So then, Sri Lanka need 119 off 26 overs to draw level with Zim and India on the league table. Of course, they also have a chance for the bonus point, and we will let you know once we do, in how many overs they need to get there for it. Very good display from Lanka's bowlers - the wickets were shared around, but in my opinion Ajantha Mendis was the star. Zimbabwe had no clue what he was dishing out, and often, even the keeper was not picking him.

Many comments coming in listing out the humongously long names in the Sri Lankan team. I am seeing letters everywhere. Pramod sends this wicked email: "So i guess , when a srilankan kid does a mischief, all you have to do is ask him to say his fullname and write it 100 times.." An imposition full of prepositions. Heh. No wonder then that WPUJC Vaas was a very 'disciplined' bowler.

Ruwan introduces himself for our benefit: "My full name is Kadugath Bandara Dissanayaka Mudiyanselage Ruwan Sanjeewa Bandara Ralapanawa." Whoa, that's a Sri Lankan XI all by itself. Ok, enough already! The chase begins in no time, don't go anywhere.

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Jun 1, 2010

Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a blistering 60, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, Tri-series, 3rd ODI, Bulawayo, June 1, 2010

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Upul Tharanga drives hard through the off side

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