Zimbabwe Triangular Series - Final

Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka won by 9 wickets (with 92 balls remaining)

Hi there. Welcome to the big final - Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka.

Pitch report From Ten Sports' Arun Lal. Pitch is hard and looks pretty good." It looks slightly darker than what it should be and is slightly damp," says Mr Lal. "It will get better for batting in the afternoon after the sun comes out."

I remember Arun Lal's batting .. When SMG refused to play in Calcutta in 1987, Arun was drafted in and he responded with two fifties. He then went on to make a ninety-odd against West Indies but his career slowly came to a halt. Moving back to here and now .. Toss coming up in couple of minutes.

Toss: Sri Lanka have chosen to field. Important toss and all that.

Dilshan: "This is a huge advantage. Good toss to win. Psychological advantage.Kulasekara for Thushara, Angelo Mathews for Thissara Perera and Ajantha Mendis for Thirimanne."

Chigumbura "We don't have to change anything. We have done the basics right and we should repeat that. Greg Lamb comes in for Chibhabha." No Blignaut then; he must be still suffering from that side strain.

Zimbabwe have won 99 ODIs so far. Will they win their 100th game today or will Sri Lanka prevail?

Taylor: "I have worked on my technique. Alan Butcher has helped me on my trigger movements and on watching the ball. We are a happy team at the moment. The middle-order is good. It allows me to get out there and express myself. We have done the hard work; its a big day today. We want to do well."

0.1

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, One slip in. It lands outside off and tilts in a touch, pushed out to point region

0.2

Kulasekara to Masakadza, 1 wide, lands well outside off and moves away further, the batsman thought about having a go but withdrew his bat at the last moment

0.2

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, the inswinger that Kula is famous for makes its entry, moves past the poke and hits the pad but clearly going down the leg side

0.3

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, shout for lbw .. Another inswinger. Fuller this time. It landed on the middle and off and moved in to hit the pad. Would have just missed the leg stump. Rudi shakes his head

0.4

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

0.5

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, The inswinger this time .. the two-card trick is at work here , squeezed out to the on side..

0.6

Kulasekara to Masakadza, 1 run, on a length around middle, turned to square-leg for a single

End of over 1 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
H Masakadza    1* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0
BRM Taylor    0* (0b)     

1.1

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, Two slips in. It's a length delivery just outside off, shaping away, pushed out to covers

1.2

Fernando to Masakadza, 2 runs, short in length, extra bounce on that as ever from Dilhara and Hamilton plays very well , stands up on his toes, gets on top of the bounce and punches it through cover point

1.3

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, ooh lovely delivery. He followed the short of length stuff with a fuller one. Hamilton was caught at the crease, surprised by the fuller length, and stumbled out at the last minute. No bat on ball.. It just missed the outside edge

1.4

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, full again, on the leg and middle, Hamilton loses balance in trying to whip it away and the ball rolls of the pad

One slip and gully in

1.5

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, yorker length on the middle stump line, just about dug out by Masakadza. Very interesting first over from Fernando

1.6

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, hurls this one short outside off and Hamilton watches it fly past him around chest-high

End of over 2 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 4/0 (RR: 2.00)
H Masakadza    3* (12b)      CRD Fernando    1-0-2-0
BRM Taylor    0* (0b)      KMDN Kulasekara    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, full in length on the middle stump line, pushed out to covers

2.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 wide, pushes it wide down the leg side

2.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, turned away for a single

2.3

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run

2.4

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, superb delivery .. in the zone outside off stump, and Masakadza is beaten on the drive .. this one straightened

2.5

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, leans forward to defend it to the off side

2.6

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, length delivery on the middle, punched back to the bowler

End of over 3 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 6/0 (RR: 2.00)
H Masakadza    3* (16b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-4-0
BRM Taylor    1* (2b)      CRD Fernando    1-0-2-0

3.1

Fernando to Taylor, 1 wide, wide outside off stump .. tries to have a go but can't reach.

3.1

Fernando to Taylor, no run, short in length, just outside off stump, defended to the off side of the pitch

3.2

Fernando to Taylor, 2 runs, gets forward to squeeze the full toss of the outside edge through point

3.3

Fernando to Taylor, 1 run, on a length, just outside off, shapes away, tapped to left of backward point. Slight fumble there and Hamilton pushes Taylor for a quick single

3.4

Fernando to Masakadza, no run, banged in short around the off stump line, tapped to covers

3.5

Fernando to Masakadza, 1 run, fullish outside off stump, Hamilton goes for the off drive and edges it down to third man

Some readers have said Zimbabwe have won 98 and not 99 games as stated earlier. There was a walkover in the 2003 World Cup, when England handed over the match without a ball being bowled. 98 outright wins and 1 walkover = 99 wins in all.

3.6

Fernando to Taylor, no run, sharp well directed bouncer and Taylor ducks and the ball flies over his head

End of over 4 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 11/0 (RR: 2.75)
BRM Taylor    4* (6b)      CRD Fernando    2-0-7-0
H Masakadza    4* (18b)      KMDN Kulasekara    2-0-4-0

4.1

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, length delivery around the off stump, pushed out to the off side of the pitch

4.2

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, cuts in from the off stump line, another good delivery,and hits the front thigh pad

4.3

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, full delivery just outside off stump, pushed back to the bowler

4.4

Kulasekara to Masakadza, no run, shuffles right across the stumps, gets outside off and flicks it to short midwicket

4.5

Kulasekara to Masakadza, OUT, This was coming. Kulasekara has been harassing Hamilton with his two-card trick. In and out. Out and in. This one shapes away from short of length, Hamilton had stepped out, trying to counter the swing, but this one kicks up and cuts away. He had a poke at it and the ball took the outside edge. Gone!

H Masakadza c †Chandimal b Kulasekara 4 (21m 23b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.39

4.6

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, beaten first up. Full delivery and this one straightens outside off and goes past the outside edge

Trivia about Angelo Mathews. 'What was your nickname in college? Jocka, from jock, or underwear. I really didn't know why they called me that. But I was not offended because I knew it was a joke.

What are your nicknames in the Kolkata and Sri Lanka dressing rooms? "Angie" at KKR. And "Superman" in Sri Lanka, because I wear my jocks over my tights. "

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) Zimbabwe 11/1 (RR: 2.20)
T Taibu    0* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-4-1
BRM Taylor    4* (6b)      CRD Fernando    2-0-7-0

5.1

Fernando to Taylor, no run, on the off stump line, tapped to say short cover region ... Taibu thinks there is a single there, Taylor thinks only in your dreams and Taibu rushes back to safety

5.2

Fernando to Taylor, no run, short in length, cuts away a touch, pushed out to point

5.3

Fernando to Taylor, no run, short in length, just outside off stump, pushed out to covers. Great start this from Sri Lanka. Both the bowlers have been absolutely spot on

5.4

Fernando to Taylor, no run, really full delivery, almost at the blockhole, jabbed out to the off side .. Fernando has been breathing fire and has bowled very intelligently as well. Full, short of length, the bouncer, the yorker ,.. the works

5.5

Fernando to Taylor, FOUR, Taylor retreats further back inside the crease. He waits for Fernando to release. It's a full delivery outside off and Taylor leans forward at the last moment to square drive it through point

5.6

Fernando to Taylor, no run, the bouncer on the middle stump line, flies over the batsman

End of over 6 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 15/1 (RR: 2.50)
BRM Taylor    8* (12b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-11-0
T Taibu    0* (1b)      KMDN Kulasekara    3-1-4-1

6.1

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, short in length on the middle stump line, turned to the on side

6.2

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, length delivery on the middle stump line, another inswinger. Taibu was in trouble as he had presses his front leg too far across and couldn't get his bat around in time. The ball hit the pad but it was missing the leg stump

6.3

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, A short squarish short-leg moves in for this ball and Taibu turns it straight to him!

Good fielding postion that. If taibu continues to press his front leg across again, he could be in trouble with an inside edge on to his pad

6.4

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, steps down the track and defends

6.5

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, gets this to straighten outside off stump, steered to backward point

6.6

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, moves in again and Taibu is ready this time, opens his stance, doesn't commit himself on the front foot and turns it to that shortish square-leg guy

End of over 7 (maiden) Zimbabwe 15/1 (RR: 2.14)
T Taibu    0* (7b)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-2-4-1
BRM Taylor    8* (12b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    3-0-11-0

Ok one more about Superman Angelo: "What Indian movie stars have you met during your time at KKR? I met Priyanka Chopra one time. We were in our towels, coming out of the pool. She was with Shah Rukh Khan and we didn't recognise her immediately. I only looked at her when one of the players said it was Priyanka. We were happy to see her. It was embarrassing being in the towel, but she was very nice. "

7.1

Fernando to Taylor, 1 leg bye, full in length, moving into the leg and middle, rolls of the pad

7.2

Fernando to Taibu, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Taibu covers his off stump and shoulders arms

Mark Kidger has spoken: "You get the feeling that this might not be Zimbabwe's day, but it has been their tournament. It's premature to talk about a return to Test cricket, but there has been a lot of progress and that is something that the cricket world should give thanks for."

7.3

Fernando to Taibu, 1 run, fuller and on the leg and middle line and Taibu misses out on that .. the ball rolls away to square-leg.

Fernando has slipped it full on the legs couple of occasions and has got away as the batsmen don't seem to be expecting full deliveries from him. They are anticipating short-of-length stuff and when the full one comes, they are very late in getting forward

7.4

Fernando to Taylor, no run, short of length on the off stump line, Taylor stays back to defend

7.5

Fernando to Taylor, 1 run, almost yorker length on the off, pushed out to extra cover

Slip and shortish backward point in

7.6

Fernando to Taibu, no run, short in length outside off and Taibu guides to short backward point

End of over 8 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 18/1 (RR: 2.25)
T Taibu    1* (10b)      CRD Fernando    4-0-13-0
BRM Taylor    9* (15b 1x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    4-2-4-1

8.1

Kulasekara to Taylor, no run, shout for lbw Was there an inside edge? It moved in from outside off, tAylor was caught at the crease, tries to jab it to the on side and hits him on the back thigh in front of middle and off. Very close . Perhaps there was a nick on that. Only that could have saved him there I think. Perhaps it was a touch high. Was he saved by the height

8.2

Kulasekara to Taylor, FOUR, And Taylor responds with an audacious on-the-up hit over covers.

Replays on that lbw appeal show that it would have gone over the stumps. So saved by the height

8.3

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, stays back to work it to fine-leg

8.4

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, defends this one to the on side

8.5

Kulasekara to Taibu, 1 run, moves down the track and forces Kula to shorten the length. He then calmly taps it between midwicket and mid-on for a single

8.6

Kulasekara to Taylor, 1 run, short in length, straightens outside off, punched to left of mid-off

End of over 9 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 25/1 (RR: 2.77)
BRM Taylor    15* (19b 2x4)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-2-11-1
T Taibu    2* (12b)      CRD Fernando    4-0-13-0

Evans: "I take it the fact that she was very nice and Angelo's embarrassment are connected?" Ah! Type Priyanka Chopra in Google Images and decide for yourself!

9.1

Fernando to Taylor, no run, leans forward to turn it to the on side ..

9.2

Fernando to Taylor, FOUR, It was a full toss around the off stump line, the attempted slower one going awry and Taylor whips it through midwicket

9.3

Fernando to Taylor, OUT, What a stunner from Samaraweera at Gully. It was a short of length delivery outside off and Taylor just opened his bat-face and tried to guide it to third man. The ball flew low to right of Samaraweera who swooped forward to take it inches of the turf. And boy is he delirious or what?! Big wicket this.

BRM Taylor c Samaraweera b Fernando 19 (45m 22b 3x4 0x6) SR: 86.36

9.4

Fernando to Ervine, no run, Ouch! Hit on the helmet. It was the bouncer, Ervine tries to duck but ducks right into the line of fire. The ball hit his front shoulder and rammed into his helmet

9.5

Fernando to Ervine, no run, on the middle and leg, worked to square-leg

9.6

Fernando to Ervine, 1 wide, banged in short and it goes down the leg side

9.6

Fernando to Ervine, no run, in the zone outside off stump line, Ervine pushes inside the line of the ball

End of over 10 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 30/2 (RR: 3.00)
CR Ervine    0* (3b)      CRD Fernando    5-0-18-1
T Taibu    2* (12b)      KMDN Kulasekara    5-2-11-1

Bowling Powerplay on

10.1

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, just outside off stump, pushed to point

10.2

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, nice inswinger, from just outside off, defended on the front foot. Keeper is standing up and there is that short squarish short-leg for Taibu

10.3

Kulasekara to Taibu, 1 run, yet another one that comes in, clipped wide of mid-on

10.4

Kulasekara to Ervine, no run, in the channel outside off stump, left alone

10.5

Kulasekara to Ervine, no run, in the zone outside off and Ervine covers his off stump and shoulders arms

Mausifan: "Kula is proving that his stature does not matter..It is a lesson for all the budding cricketers that as long as you got the determination and dedication you can reach the top regardless of other factors."

10.6

Kulasekara to Ervine, no run, Lovely delivery, this one straightens on the middle stump, trying to get an lbw decision,. Ervine stops his front-foot movement and gets the bat out to stab it to the on side

End of over 11 (1 run) Zimbabwe 31/2 (RR: 2.81)
CR Ervine    0* (6b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-2-12-1
T Taibu    3* (15b)      CRD Fernando    5-0-18-1

11.1

Fernando to Taibu, no run, leans forward to drive on the up and Randiv makes a superb one-handed diving stop to his left at short cover. That would have gone to the boundary

11.2

Fernando to Taibu, 1 run, tries the bouncer and Taibu pulls it for a single

11.3

Fernando to Ervine, 1 wide, banged in short but it sails down the leg side

11.3

Fernando to Ervine, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

11.4

Fernando to Ervine, no run, kicks up from short of length and Ervine defends to the on side

11.5

Fernando to Ervine, 1 run, gets forward to push it to point region

11.6

Fernando to Taibu, no run, The bouncer just outside off stump and Taibu sways away

This time something from Shane Bond: "Would you want your children to play cricket professionally? I have two girls and a boy. My son is a year and a half and already walks around with a bat trying to hit about. He also loves watching cricket on television. But hopefully [if he plays] he has better sense than to be a bowler [laughs]. We encourage our girls to play a lot of different sports. But if any of them wanted to play cricket professionally, I would back them 100%. "

End of over 12 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 34/2 (RR: 2.83)
T Taibu    4* (18b)      CRD Fernando    6-0-21-1
CR Ervine    1* (9b)      KMDN Kulasekara    6-2-12-1

12.1

Kulasekara to Ervine, no run, in the zone outside off, left alone

12.2

Kulasekara to Ervine, no run, from round the stumps, length delivery moves in past the defensive prod and strikes the pad. Easily going down leg

12.3

Kulasekara to Ervine, FOUR, ful and outside off stump and Ervine reaches out to play well away from his body and gets the edge. The ball flies to left of first slip where Samaraweera dives but can't reach

12.4

Kulasekara to Ervine, no run, length delivery moves in from round the stumps, defended to the off side.

If Kula can get on to cut away from the lefty from round the stumps, it can get interesting. He has already produced an edge

12.5

Kulasekara to Ervine, 1 run, fuller and outside off, Ervine squeezes it past gully

12.6

Kulasekara to Taibu, no run, moves in from outside off, turned to short squarish short leg that Kula has permanently placed for Taibu

End of over 13 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 39/2 (RR: 3.00)
T Taibu    4* (19b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-2-17-1
CR Ervine    6* (14b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    6-0-21-1

13.1

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, lands on a length around off stump line, skids on, defended on the front foot

13.2

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, And again. 39 for 2 and the bowling -Powerplay is on

13.3

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, The off break this time and it spins away sharply. Left alone

13.4

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, carrom ball on the middle stump line, defended to the on side

13.5

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, The off break again now and Ervine pushes inside the line. The keeper collects

13.6

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, lands on a length outside off and skids away to the keeper. Tight first over.

End of over 14 (maiden) Zimbabwe 39/2 (RR: 2.78)
CR Ervine    6* (20b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    1-1-0-0
T Taibu    4* (19b)      KMDN Kulasekara    7-2-17-1

Jocka comes to bowl

14.1

Mathews to Taibu, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

14.2

Mathews to Taibu, no run, short in length, mistimes the cut to the off side

14.3

Mathews to Taibu, no run, length delivery that straightens outside off and Taibu is beaten on the square drive

14.4

Mathews to Taibu, no run, Wide slip in. Full in length, just outside off, Taibu mistimes the drive back to the bowler

14.5

Mathews to Taibu, 1 run, stays back, opens the bat-face and runs it down to third man

14.6

Mathews to Ervine, no run, lands on a length just outside off and moves away. Ervine is slow in getting forward and across and is beaten on the attempted cover drive

Daryl Harper the umpire: "Have you ever been hit by a batsman's shot? The worst hit I took was in the West Indies from a Sanath Jayasuriya square cut. The umpires were standing on the off side to accommodate the television cameras as they had only popping-crease run-out cameras on one side. I had no chance to get out of the way of the fierce shot and it hit me fair and square in the middle of the chest. After the batsmen ran for the single they walked up to me and all Sanath could say was, "You cost me four runs". I said, "You got a single out of it." I wore that wound for the next month. " cho chad!

End of over 15 (1 run) Zimbabwe 40/2 (RR: 2.66)
CR Ervine    6* (21b 1x4)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0
T Taibu    5* (24b)      BAW Mendis    1-1-0-0

15.1

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, tries the carrom ball but Taibu has already decided come what may I am going to sweep and he picks a single

15.2

BAW Mendis to Ervine, no run, The off break .. .. And Ervine can't connect with his sweep shot

15.3

BAW Mendis to Ervine, 1 run, the googly this time, loopy, slow and Ervine pushes it to short cover point for a quick single

15.4

BAW Mendis to Taibu, no run, stretches forward to play another sweep shot but the carrom ball cuts away. hits his glove and on to his body

15.5

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, And so, this time he plays the reverse sweep for a single!

15.6

BAW Mendis to Ervine, 2 runs, run out shout on the pads, goes down, clipped to deep backward square-leg ... There is an appeal for run out but Ervine is home

End of over 16 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 45/2 (RR: 2.81)
CR Ervine    9* (24b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    2-1-5-0
T Taibu    7* (27b)      AD Mathews    1-0-1-0

Harper again: "What's the worst thing a bowler has ever said to you? One Australian legspin bowler [Stuart MacGill] did suggest that I should be using my brain more often. I had just knocked back a couple of lbw appeals against two West Indies batsmen who weren't offering a shot. "

16.1

Mathews to Taibu, no run, length delivery outside off stump, pushed out towards point

16.2

Mathews to Taibu, FOUR, full delivery and Taibu gets forward very quickly to blast it to the left of mid-off. Neatly done.

16.3

Mathews to Taibu, OUT, Ervine is run out It was pushed towards backward point and there is confusion between the two over the single. Taibu takes couple of steps down the track and Ervine rushes half-way. Taibu stops and turns. too late for Ervine who is unable to beat the throw which comes in to Angelo who breaks the stumps

CR Ervine run out 9 (34m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 37.50

16.4

Mathews to Taibu, 1 run, leans forward to squeeze it to square-leg

16.5

Mathews to Lamb, no run, full in length, just outside off, pushed to covers

16.6

Mathews to Lamb, no run, outside off stump, mistimes the cut to point

Morton Kriek sends a Trueman story: "A classic, and one of my favourites, from fast bowling legend Fred Trueman when a reporter commented on his poor physical shape, especially his large bottom: ""Well tha' dont knock a 6 inch nail in with a toffee ammer de thi"..... what a legend!

End of over 17 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 50/3 (RR: 2.94)
GA Lamb    0* (2b)      AD Mathews    2-0-6-0
T Taibu    12* (31b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    2-1-5-0

17.1

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 2 runs, plays the reverse sweep again and this time picks up two runs. The slip fielder moved to his right as soon as he saw Taibu shape for reverse but the ball well wide of him

17.2

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 2 runs, plays the conventional sweep this time. Another couple of runs.

17.3

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, goes for the sweep shot again. Sweep. clean. sweep

Tharanga: "Speaking about umpires getting hit by the batsmen I remember rich Richardson the captain of West Indies hit Umpire BC Cooray on the head. It was during a 96 world cup match If I remember correct." RIght. It was the vital game against Australia. Richardson left stranded with C Walsh getting cleaned up in the end

17.4

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

17.5

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run, on the middle stump line, it has been jabbed out to the on side

17.6

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run, loud shout for lbw not given. Close. Very close. It was the loopy googly on middle and off and the batsman was trying to play the sweep shot. He missed and Mendis hit the pad. Looked very adjacent indeed. Hmmm It would have hit the leg and middle but ump Tiffin doesn't agree

End of over 18 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 55/3 (RR: 3.05)
GA Lamb    0* (5b)      BAW Mendis    3-1-10-0
T Taibu    17* (34b 1x4)      AD Mathews    2-0-6-0

18.1

Mathews to Taibu, 1 run, plays the pull shot for a single

18.2

Mathews to Lamb, no run, homing in on the off stump, defended to the on side of the pitch

18.3

Mathews to Lamb, 1 run, full in length, pushed towards mid-on for a quick single

18.4

Mathews to Taibu, 1 run, waits for the length delivery to arrive before wristing it through the on side

18.5

Mathews to Lamb, no run, full in length, around off, driven to covers

18.6

Mathews to Lamb, no run, gets forward to nudge it

Michael Perera: "Regarding Tharanga's recollection of BC Cooray getting hit on the head by Richie Richardson's shot - Australia eventually won that game by five runs. Had Richardson not hit the umpire and the ball reached the vacant square leg boundary, the end of the game might have been very different."

End of over 19 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 58/3 (RR: 3.05)
GA Lamb    1* (9b)      AD Mathews    3-0-9-0
T Taibu    19* (36b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    3-1-10-0

19.1

Randiv to Taibu, 1 run, One slip in. spins in from outside off, pushed to cover point for a quick single

19.2

Randiv to Lamb, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and paddles it to short fine-leg region

19.3

Randiv to Taibu, no run, turns in to the middle and leg, stabbed away by Taibu

19.4

Randiv to Taibu, 5 runs, turns in to the middle, Taibu dabs it close on the leg side, towards square-leg and they go for the quick single .. The throw misses the stumps and the cover-fielder couldn't back it .. and it runs away to the boundary

19.5

Randiv to Lamb, 1 run, leans forward to push it wide of mid-on for a single

19.6

Randiv to Taibu, no run, floated full, pushed out to the on side

End of over 20 (8 runs) Zimbabwe 66/3 (RR: 3.30)
T Taibu    25* (40b 1x4)      S Randiv    1-0-8-0
GA Lamb    3* (11b)      AD Mathews    3-0-9-0

20.1

Mathews to Lamb, 1 run, short in length, clipped past square-leg

20.2

Mathews to Taibu, 1 run, around the off stump line, run down to third man

20.3

Mathews to Lamb, 1 run, banged in short and Lamb top edges the pull shot but it lands safely beyond square-leg

20.4

Mathews to Taibu, no run, back of length outside off, cut to backward point

20.5

Mathews to Taibu, 2 runs, short in length, punched to the off side for a single .. Hold on Dilshan's throw misses the stumps and goes towards midwicket .and they take the extra run

20.6

Mathews to Taibu, no run, gets forward to defend to covers

End of over 21 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 71/3 (RR: 3.38)
T Taibu    28* (44b 1x4)      AD Mathews    4-0-14-0
GA Lamb    5* (13b)      S Randiv    1-0-8-0

21.1

Randiv to Lamb, 1 run, clips it past square-leg f

21.2

Randiv to Taibu, 1 run

21.3

Randiv to Lamb, no run, leans across to defend to the off side

21.4

Randiv to Lamb, 1 run, floated full on the middle and off line, turned towards deep midwicket

21.5

Randiv to Taibu, no run, quicker, just outside off, nudged to short midwicket

21.6

Randiv to Taibu, 1 run, leans forward to turn it from around off stump past square-leg

On the England spinner Graeme Swann: "Your band is called Dr Comfort and the Lurid Revelations. What's behind the name? Dr Comfort was actually a psychologist in the 1970s, and he released a book of lurid revelations about the women who visited him. Apparently at the time it was quite shocking. It made us chuckle, so we thought we we'd go with that.

Do you see yourself as a rock star? No, not at all. I'm a charlatan. I've sung in front of at most 200 people. "

End of over 22 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 75/3 (RR: 3.40)
T Taibu    30* (47b 1x4)      S Randiv    2-0-12-0
GA Lamb    7* (16b)      AD Mathews    4-0-14-0

22.1

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, carrom ball on the off and middle line, swept away for a single

22.2

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run, on the middle stump line, pushed to the on side

22.3

BAW Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, the off break from short of length, forced away past square-leg

22.4

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, stretches forward to sweep it away for yet another single. Taibu's fav shot against Mendis is the sweep

22.5

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run, on the middle stump line, turned to the on side

22.6

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run, lovely carrom ball, it cuts away past the defensive poke .. not all that far from taking the edge

End of over 23 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 78/3 (RR: 3.39)
GA Lamb    8* (20b)      BAW Mendis    4-1-13-0
T Taibu    32* (49b 1x4)      S Randiv    2-0-12-0

23.1

Randiv to Taibu, no run, floated outside off stump, pushed to short extra cover

23.2

Randiv to Taibu, FOUR, Taibu takes the aerial route. It was flighted outside off stump and Taibu stretches across to lift it over covers. Full swing of the bat

23.3

Randiv to Taibu, no run, gets forward to dab it to short midwicket

23.4

Randiv to Taibu, FOUR, Fab hit. Another flighted off break outside off and Taibu lifts it over wide mid-off this time. Shot!

23.5

Randiv to Taibu, 1 run, goes back to turn it past square-leg

23.6

Randiv to Lamb, 1 run, on the leg and middle, dabbed to leg gully

Chris P: "I saw Dr. Comfort & the Lurid Revalations at a NatWest Cricket Force event near Nottingham in the spring. They were a good blues/pub rock band playing a lot of standards and covers. Graham Swann sings pretty well and he was a good front man. "

End of over 24 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 88/3 (RR: 3.66)
GA Lamb    9* (21b)      S Randiv    3-0-22-0
T Taibu    41* (54b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    4-1-13-0

24.1

BAW Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, gets forward to work this past square-leg

24.2

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, tries the carrom ball, ends up as a full toss and Taibu plays the sweep shot again

24.3

BAW Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, the googly on the leg and middle line, turned behind square-leg

24.4

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 2 runs, slow loopy full toss, the attempted googly, and Taibu sweeps it to deep square-leg region for couple of runs

24.5

BAW Mendis to Taibu, no run, knowing Taibu was about to sweep, Mendis slips in the really full carrom ball ... Taibu adjusts, changes his shot and manages to defend it

24.6

BAW Mendis to Taibu, no run, the full off break this time and Taibu goes for the sweep again but misses and is struck on the pad. Shout for lbw but it struck him outside the off stump

End of over 25 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 93/3 (RR: 3.72)
T Taibu    44* (58b 3x4)      BAW Mendis    5-1-18-0
GA Lamb    11* (23b)      S Randiv    3-0-22-0

One more from Swann: "If you were to bet on Andy Murray winning the Wimbledon or England the Ashes, which one would you fancy? England winning the Ashes, because Andy Murray is Scottish, so I don't care if he wins Wimbledon or not. "

25.1

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, no run, gets forward to defend to the on side

25.2

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, lands full outside leg stump, swept to fine-leg region

25.3

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, almost caught by the keeper down the leg side lands outside leg stump, Taibu pushes at it and edges it .. the keeper moves quickly to leg but couldn't hold on .. very tough

25.3

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, gets back to push it to the on side

25.4

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, short in length, turns in , Taibu tries to pull but is hit on the body

25.5

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, leans forward to dab it to midwicket

End of over 26 (1 run) Zimbabwe 94/3 (RR: 3.63)
T Taibu    44* (62b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-1-0
GA Lamb    12* (25b)      BAW Mendis    5-1-18-0

26.1

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run, full in length on the off and middle, defended to the off side

26.2

BAW Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, the carrom ball on the off and middle, paddled away to fine-leg

26.3

BAW Mendis to Taibu, no run, Another sweep from Taibu but this time straight to backward square-leg

26.4

BAW Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, low full toss on the middle, swept away this time for a single

26.5

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run

26.6

BAW Mendis to Lamb, no run, really full delivery, whipped to straightish midwicket

End of over 27 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 96/3 (RR: 3.55)
GA Lamb    13* (29b)      BAW Mendis    6-1-20-0
T Taibu    45* (64b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    1-0-1-0

27.1

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, full in length, on driven to long-on for a single

27.2

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, on the middle and leg, sliding in from around off, punched to long-on

27.3

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, goes back and punches the leg break to long-off

27.4

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, no run, lovely leg break.. slower through the air, lands on a length around middle and off and spins past the defensive poke

27.5

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, slightly short in length, cut away to sweeper cover

27.6

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, again spinning away from back of length ,cut past point

End of over 28 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 101/3 (RR: 3.60)
T Taibu    48* (67b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-6-0
GA Lamb    15* (32b)      BAW Mendis    6-1-20-0

28.1

Dilshan to Taibu, no run, just outside off stump, turns in, pushed towards non striker

28.2

Dilshan to Taibu, 1 run, slower, on the middle and leg, clipped to right of midwicket

28.3

Dilshan to Lamb, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, turned to fine-leg

28.4

Dilshan to Taibu, 1 run, Lamb is almost run out It was pushed to the on side and got deflected towards mid-off .. Taibu then calls Lamb for a single and there is a direct hit at the striker's end but Lamb has just about managed to drag his bat in. And that's Taibu's 50. Very well crafted knock

28.5

Dilshan to Lamb, no run, leans forward to turn it to midwicket

28.6

Dilshan to Lamb, 1 run, stays back to work it to the on side

End of over 29 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 105/3 (RR: 3.62)
GA Lamb    17* (35b)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0
T Taibu    50* (70b 3x4)      BMAJ Mendis    2-0-6-0

29.1

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-on

29.2

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, turns from the leg and middle line , Taibu shapes to defend and it runs of the inside edge

29.3

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, gets forward to push the leg break to the off side

29.4

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, flighted leg break outside leg stump, swept away for a single

29.5

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, no run, full on the leg and middle, Lamb tries to on drive and gets a leading edge to extra cover

29.6

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, no run, stretches forward to defend the leg break

End of over 30 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 107/3 (RR: 3.56)
GA Lamb    18* (38b)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-8-0
T Taibu    51* (73b 3x4)      TM Dilshan    1-0-4-0

30.1

Dilshan to Taibu, FOUR, He leans forward and plays the reverse sweep and gets the ball over backward point .. and it runs away to the boundary

30.2

Dilshan to Taibu, 1 wide, lands around leg and middle and goes past the attempted sweep

30.2

Dilshan to Taibu, 1 run, tossed outside off stump, driven past the diving Dilshan to long-off

30.3

Dilshan to Lamb, 1 run, leans well forward to drive to long-off

30.4

Dilshan to Taibu, 2 runs, skips down the track and whips the flighted off break over Kapugedera at short midwicket .. Just over..

30.5

Dilshan to Taibu, 1 run, straightens outside off, Taibu backs away to cut

30.6

Dilshan to Lamb, no run, shapes for the paddle sweep and edges it on to his pad and the ball rolls away to short fine-leg . perhaps there was no bat on it .. but it struck him outside the line of off stump

End of over 31 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 117/3 (RR: 3.77)
GA Lamb    19* (40b)      TM Dilshan    2-0-14-0
T Taibu    59* (77b 4x4)      BMAJ Mendis    3-0-8-0

31.1

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, leans s forward to push it to the on side

31.2

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 2 runs, And there is that favourite sweep shot of his again. Another couple of runs

31.3

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, slightly short and he cuts it for a single

31.4

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, on the off and middle, driven down to long-on

31.5

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, clears his front foot and sweeps from off and middle to deep square-leg region

31.6

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, no run, on the leg and middle, turned straight to short midwicket

End of over 32 (5 runs) Zimbabwe 122/3 (RR: 3.81)
GA Lamb    20* (42b)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-13-0
T Taibu    63* (81b 4x4)      TM Dilshan    2-0-14-0

From Lasith Malinga: "What's that tattoo on your arm? The date of my debut [July 1, 2004], the date of the world record [March 27, 2007] - four wickets in four balls in the 2007 World Cup against South Africa, my Test number (99), and the line "Believe in my myself. I got speed."

32.1

Randiv to Taibu, no run, from round the stumps now, just outside off, defended on the front foot

32.2

Randiv to Taibu, no run, goes well back to deflect it to short fine-leg fielder

32.3

Randiv to Taibu, 1 run, presses back to work it through the on side for a single

32.4

Randiv to Lamb, no run, leans forward to push it left of Taibu and Randiv makes a diving stop

32.5

Randiv to Lamb, no run, moves down the track and on drives but again Randiv intercepts

32.6

Randiv to Lamb, no run, topspinner from round the stumps, defended back to the bowler

End of over 33 (1 run) Zimbabwe 123/3 (RR: 3.72)
GA Lamb    20* (45b)      S Randiv    4-0-23-0
T Taibu    64* (84b 4x4)      BMAJ Mendis    4-0-13-0

Tonde: "Glad to see this recovery from Zimbabwe. Impressed so far by how they have handled the loss of their openers. Keep it going, then Elton can finish things off"

33.1

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 1 run, on the leg stump line, swept away for a single.

33.2

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, no run, on the off stump line, driven back to Jeevan

33.3

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, turns from middle and leg, wristed past square-leg

33.4

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, stays back to clip the leg break to midwicket

33.5

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, 2 runs, full toss, swept to deep square-leg region for couple of runs

33.6

BMAJ Mendis to Taibu, no run, backs away to cut to short cover

End of over 34 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 127/3 (RR: 3.73)
T Taibu    67* (88b 4x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-17-0
GA Lamb    21* (47b)      S Randiv    4-0-23-0

Diwakar: "Gosh...Looks like Malinga has his whole autobiography tattoed"

34.1

Randiv to Lamb, 1 run, moves down the track and whips it to deep midwicket.

34.2

Randiv to Taibu, no run, gets down the track but Randiv shortens the length.. jabbed to the on side

34.3

Randiv to Taibu, 1 run, fetches it from outside off and yes you guessed it right plays the sweep shot

34.4

Randiv to Lamb, no run, Lamb tries to play the sweep but can't connect .. it was a ball well outside off

34.5

Randiv to Lamb, 2 runs, leans forward to tickle the off break just past square-leg and by the time the short fine-leg could get across, they run two!

34.6

Randiv to Lamb, no run, turns in to the middle and leg, from round the stumps, flicked to short fine-leg

End of over 35 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 131/3 (RR: 3.74)
GA Lamb    24* (51b)      S Randiv    5-0-27-0
T Taibu    68* (90b 4x4)      BMAJ Mendis    5-0-17-0

Robby: "Great character being shown here by Zim, they're not folding! But judging from the previous run chases in the tournament, they'll need to post at least 250 to give themselves a competitive total.Go Zim!"

Bonyongo Destroyer cracks me up: "From a tense but silently hopeful Zimbabwe supporter - can we limit the comments to players actually participating in the actual game? If Ray Price has a tatoo, I don't care. Its cricket, not Heat magazine."

35.1

Fernando to Taibu, 2 runs, full in length on the middle and leg line, Taibu plays a lovely bottom-hand powered pick-up flick shot over square-leg

35.2

Fernando to Taibu, 1 run, cuts in from the middle, tapped close on the off side . say silly point region and off they go

35.3

Fernando to Lamb, FOUR, Thwack. It was a short ball on the leg and middle line, Lamb plays a fine pull shot.

35.4

Fernando to Lamb, 1 run, Fernando tries another short one .. and Lamb pulls again

35.5

Fernando to Taibu, OUT, Almost like Taylor. Weak shot. It was a short delivery outside off and Taibu almost guided it straight, tapped it straight, to backward point. What a soft dismissal. What a fine knock, though. He led Zimbabwe's revival

T Taibu c Kapugedera b Fernando 71 (125m 93b 4x4 0x6) SR: 76.34

35.6

Fernando to Chigumbura, 1 wide, The bouncer on the leg side .. Wide.. Careful Fernando careful. Don't lose the plot now!

Jambe: "From another tense but hopefull Zimbabwean: I've just been to cricinfo's stats dept and they told me that in 8 innings Greg Lamb has scored 121 runs at an average of 20.16. In all he has score just one (1) boundary. If greg lamb can score two boundaries today, then i can safely bet that Zim will win this one."

35.6

Fernando to Chigumbura, no run, full and straight and he immediately finds the inside edge .. the ball rolls of the pad to the off side

End of over 36 (9 runs) Zimbabwe 140/4 (RR: 3.88)
E Chigumbura    0* (1b)      CRD Fernando    7-0-30-2
GA Lamb    29* (53b 1x4)      S Randiv    5-0-27-0

36.1

Randiv to Lamb, no run, leans forward to turn it to short midwicket

36.2

Randiv to Lamb, no run, from round the stumps, lands outside off, the batsman goes for the sweep and is hit on the pad

36.3

Randiv to Lamb, 1 run, fetches this from outside off and sweeps it to deep midwicket

36.4

Randiv to Chigumbura, no run, topspinner from round the stumps, defended on the back foot

36.5

Randiv to Chigumbura, no run, floated just outside off and Elton plays the forward defensive

36.6

Randiv to Chigumbura, no run, beaten by the toppie. It landed on a length and skidded away with the angle, from round the stumps, Elton was trying to punch it to covers. ..

End of over 37 (1 run) Zimbabwe 141/4 (RR: 3.81)
E Chigumbura    0* (4b)      S Randiv    6-0-28-0
GA Lamb    30* (56b 1x4)      CRD Fernando    7-0-30-2

37.1

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, turns away from the middle and off line, punched to long-on

37.2

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, 1 run, turns this one past midwicket

37.3

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, no run, turns from the middle line, pushed towards non striker

37.4

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, outside leg stump line and Lamb clears the front foot and sweeps it for a single

37.5

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, no run, lands on leg and middle, turns to middle , nudged to short midwicket

37.6

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, 1 run, spins away from the off stump, plays the square drive and the ball squirts to left of backward point where a fine diving stop is done

End of over 38 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 145/4 (RR: 3.81)
E Chigumbura    2* (7b)      BMAJ Mendis    6-0-21-0
GA Lamb    32* (59b 1x4)      S Randiv    6-0-28-0

Paul Brown: "Keep it going Zim. Unfamiliar territory to be setting a score. We were 107/3 at 30 overs. Double this is only 214. Not enough, we need 250 on an average Sports Club pitch. You can do it!!"

38.1

Randiv to Chigumbura, 2 runs, goes right back to clip the off break past square-leg

38.2

Randiv to Chigumbura, no run, from round the stumps, on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

38.3

Randiv to Chigumbura, no run, shout for lbw It landed on the middle and leg and just about straightened. Elton was going for the sweep shot ... Replays show it was a very good shout. It would have hit the middle stump line ..

38.4

Randiv to Chigumbura, no run, gets back to work it wide of midwicket

38.5

Randiv to Chigumbura, 1 run

38.6

Randiv to Lamb, 1 run, leans forward to on drive to long-on

End of over 39 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 149/4 (RR: 3.82)
GA Lamb    33* (60b 1x4)      S Randiv    7-0-32-0
E Chigumbura    5* (12b)      BMAJ Mendis    6-0-21-0

Pritesh: "This tournament have had a very simple recipe to win - Win the toss, opt to field and you win the match."

39.1

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-on

39.2

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, no run, turns away from the off stump, jabbed to covers

39.3

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, 2 runs, slightly short in length and Elton cuts to deep backward point

39.4

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, no run, leans forward to drive it back to the bowler

39.5

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, 2 runs, lands outside leg stump and Elton sweeps it fine . Ajantha Mendis makes a fine sliding stop near the boundary

39.6

BMAJ Mendis to Chigumbura, 1 run, flighted full, on driven to long-on

V Gomesh: "Though I am a SL fan, it is good to see Zim fighting here & not folding. There are some top teams who can learn from this (i.e. India, West Indies, etc.)."

End of over 40 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 155/4 (RR: 3.87)
E Chigumbura    10* (17b)      BMAJ Mendis    7-0-27-0
GA Lamb    34* (61b 1x4)      S Randiv    7-0-32-0

Morten Kirek: "Just one more for the road, then I will let it go.... During the 1991 Adelaide Test, Javed called Merv Hughes a 'fat bus conductor'. A few balls latter Merv dismissed Javed: "Tickets please", Merv called out as he ran past the departing batsman. I miss that character!"

40.1

BAW Mendis to Chigumbura, OUT, Tickets please here! Mendis flicks it full on a length and Elton chips it tamely to covers. And Zimbabwe continue to wobble

E Chigumbura c Dilshan b BAW Mendis 10 (14m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.55

40.2

BAW Mendis to Coventry, 1 run, leans forward to squeeze it to square-leg

40.3

BAW Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, googly on the middle stump line, eased past square-leg

40.4

BAW Mendis to Coventry, 2 runs, just outside off stump, full in length, paddled to fine-leg

40.5

BAW Mendis to Coventry, 1 run, gets forward to play to the on side and gets a leading edge through mid-off

40.6

BAW Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, lands on the leg and middle, cuts towards middle, turned past square-leg

End of over 41 (6 runs) Zimbabwe 161/5 (RR: 3.92)
GA Lamb    36* (63b 1x4)      BAW Mendis    7-1-26-1
CK Coventry    4* (3b)      BMAJ Mendis    7-0-27-0

41.1

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, 1 run, just outside off stump, driven to long-off

41.2

BMAJ Mendis to Coventry, no run, on the leg stump line, turned to short midwicket

41.3

BMAJ Mendis to Coventry, 1 run, leans forward to work it past square-leg

Karthik is back: "Amidst all this, Greg Lamb has slowly moved towards his highest score.. Why is that so many milestones are being missed in this series ;)"

41.4

BMAJ Mendis to Lamb, OUT, Clatter! Jeevan has nailed Lamb. It landed on the middle stump line and turned. Lamb went for the big slog sweep but no wood on leather. It was leather on the wood. Gone!

GA Lamb b BMAJ Mendis 37 (86m 65b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.92

41.5

BMAJ Mendis to Cremer, no run, leans forward to work it to midwicket

41.6

BMAJ Mendis to Cremer, 1 run, slightly short and it has been forced away to long-off

End of over 42 (3 runs) Zimbabwe 164/6 (RR: 3.90)
AG Cremer    1* (2b)      BMAJ Mendis    8-0-30-1
CK Coventry    5* (5b)      BAW Mendis    7-1-26-1

42.1

BAW Mendis to Cremer, no run, the carrom ball .. too good for the batsman . it cuts away past the outside edge

42.2

BAW Mendis to Cremer, 1 run, googly outside off stump, steered through cover point

42.3

BAW Mendis to Coventry, FOUR, Ooh . what a lovely carrom ball and how it didn't get a wicket .. It cut away from the middle stump line, completely square-ed up the batsman, caught the outside edge and went right between keeper and first slip

42.4

BAW Mendis to Coventry, FOUR, Mendis drops it short this time and Coventry goes back to punch it sweetly through extra cover. Superbly timed.

42.5

BAW Mendis to Coventry, no run, leans forward to turn it to short midwicket

42.6

BAW Mendis to Coventry, 1 run, fuller, on the middle, pushed down to long-on

End of over 43 (10 runs) Zimbabwe 174/6 (RR: 4.04)
CK Coventry    14* (9b 2x4)      BAW Mendis    8-1-36-1
AG Cremer    2* (4b)      BMAJ Mendis    8-0-30-1

43.1

BMAJ Mendis to Coventry, no run, floated on the middle, driven towards the non striker and Mendis makes a fine diving stop

43.2

BMAJ Mendis to Coventry, FOUR, slightly short in length and the aggressive Coventry rocks back to play a very fine cut shot. there wasn't much width there but he pulled it off

43.3

BMAJ Mendis to Coventry, OUT, But he is gone now! Again looking to be aggressive, he went down the track and heaved it straight to long-on! 200 looks a long way from here

CK Coventry c Tharanga b BMAJ Mendis 18 (11m 12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

43.4

BMAJ Mendis to Cremer, no run, leans well forward to defend to the off side

43.5

BMAJ Mendis to Cremer, 1 run, short in length, on the middle, paddled away

The batting powerplay, mind you, hasn't been taken yet. Hmmm

43.6

BMAJ Mendis to Utseya, 1 wide, lands on the middle and leg, googly, brushes the pad and goes to the keeper

43.6

BMAJ Mendis to Utseya, 1 leg bye

End of over 44 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 181/7 (RR: 4.11)
P Utseya    0* (1b)      BMAJ Mendis    9-0-36-2
AG Cremer    3* (6b)      BAW Mendis    8-1-36-1

Subba: "I hope they pick the double Mendis(Mendis Special and Double Distilled Mendis) for the Asia Cup. For those of you who don't know, Mendis is a brand of Arrack (whiskey equivalent) in Sri Lanka." Arrack is whisky equivalent now?!

44.1

Randiv to Utseya, 2 runs, from round the stumps, on the middle and leg, turned past square-leg

44.2

Randiv to Utseya, no run, on the off stump line, defended to the off side

44.3

Randiv to Utseya, no run, top spinner from round the stumps, on the off stump line, stabbed to the off side

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44.4

Randiv to Utseya, 1 run, moves down the track and drives past the non striker

44.5

Randiv to Cremer, no run, another topspiner from round the stumps. They have had trouble in picking that toppie from Randiv today. The batsman just about manages to jab it away

44.6

Randiv to Cremer, 1 run, goes on with the arm on the middle and off line, pushed to cover point

End of over 45 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 185/7 (RR: 4.11)
AG Cremer    4* (8b)      S Randiv    8-0-36-0
P Utseya    3* (5b)      BMAJ Mendis    9-0-36-2

Evans: "I take it Zim are waiting for Mpofu to get out there so they can take the powerplay?"

Btw they have taken the batting Powerplay now. As if they had any choice now

45.1

Fernando to Cremer, 1 run, on the middle and leg, flicked past square-leg

45.2

Fernando to Utseya, 2 runs, fullish, on the legs, flicked to deep backward square-leg

45.3

Fernando to Utseya, no run, short in length and it tails down the leg side

45.4

Fernando to Utseya, 1 run, full in length around off, pushed towards covers for a quick single .. The non striker had slipped but recovered to get across. The throw misses the stumps at the striker's end .Had it hit ..

Rade has had what I have had. "Arrack is a dark rum derived from coconut. It is not a whisky! "

45.5

Fernando to Cremer, OUT, The death rattle! Full in length, fast, and tilts in to move past the waft, hits the pad and clips the stumps!

AG Cremer b Fernando 5 (16m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

45.6

Fernando to Price, no run, on a length on the middle, pushed back down the track

Sujay: "If Tests have to beg for survival from T20, why can't arrack be whiskey equivalent?" Ha! but Tests? No sir no .. It's the ODI s that have been given an identity crisis by the T20s but that's a discussion for another day. More pressingly, who else has had the Mendis arrack?!

End of over 46 (4 runs) Zimbabwe 189/8 (RR: 4.10)
RW Price    0* (1b)      CRD Fernando    8-0-34-3
P Utseya    6* (8b)      S Randiv    8-0-36-0

46.1

BAW Mendis to Utseya, no run, on the middle stump, carrom ball, runs of the inner edge to short midwicket

46.2

BAW Mendis to Utseya, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, turned past square-leg

46.3

BAW Mendis to Price, no run, another carrom ball, again too good .. Price has no clue, pushes out at it and is beaten

46.4

BAW Mendis to Price, OUT, And he is gone now. Full delivery on the middle, the googly this time, Price shovels it straight to short midwicket. And then they were one.

RW Price c Dilshan b BAW Mendis 0 (3m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

46.5

BAW Mendis to Mpofu, no run, stretches well forward to defend

46.6

BAW Mendis to Mpofu, no run, breaks back in from the off stump line and hits the stretched foot but too high

End of over 47 (1 run) Zimbabwe 190/9 (RR: 4.04)
CB Mpofu    0* (2b)      BAW Mendis    9-1-37-2
P Utseya    7* (10b)      CRD Fernando    8-0-34-3

Baski is da Maan. He throws in the Wikipedia link. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrack See Mendis there! hiccup!

47.1

Fernando to Utseya, no run, around off stump line, pushed to cover point

47.2

Fernando to Utseya, 1 run, short in length, straightens, turned to square-leg

47.3

Fernando to Mpofu, no run, almost yorker length, just outside off, dug out to the off side

47.4

Fernando to Mpofu, no run, another yorker length, stabbed out to the off side

Dayan Gunaekara: "I've got Mendis Arrack at home. I can only bring 3 bottles over with me from Sri Lanka, that law needs to be changed! Maybe the two Mendis' could have a word?" They should, they should.

47.5

Fernando to Mpofu, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, pushed out to point

47.6

Fernando to Mpofu, 1 run, Yet another yorker, Superb stuff, stabbed of the inner edge to left of the keeper but they run for the single

Abdul Qadir will have the final say on the matter: "I thought cricinfo is a website meant for the whole family - are we promoting liquour/alcohol here? Thats not cricket !" Arre! But with that's the subject is closed. Stay sober folks.

End of over 48 (2 runs) Zimbabwe 192/9 (RR: 4.00)
CB Mpofu    1* (6b)      CRD Fernando    9-0-36-3
P Utseya    8* (12b)      BAW Mendis    9-1-37-2

48.1

BAW Mendis to Mpofu, 1 run, fetches it from just outside off and sweeps it for a single

48.2

BAW Mendis to Utseya, 1 run, carrom ball, from the leg stump line, turned past square-leg

48.3

BAW Mendis to Mpofu, 1 run, the googly from the off stump, swept away for a single

48.4

BAW Mendis to Utseya, 1 run, backs away to cut through covers

48.5

BAW Mendis to Mpofu, 3 runs, really full delivery, driven inside-out through covers

48.6

BAW Mendis to Utseya, OUT, They don't get to 200. It was pushed to right of short midwicket and they go for the run. Dilshan swoops in, fires a low through to Chandimal who breaks the stumps

CB Mpofu run out 6 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Zimbabwe were asked to bat first and they got of to a slow start but Taibu crafted a superb knock to get them back on their feet but once he fell, the rest collapsed. Sri lanka need 200 to win,. Join us in a while for the chase

End of over 49 (7 runs) Zimbabwe 199/10 (RR: 4.06)
P Utseya    10* (15b)      BAW Mendis    10-1-44-2
     CRD Fernando    9-0-36-3
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Jun 9, 2010

Winning captain Tillakaratne Dilshan collects the trophy, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, Tri-Series, Final, Harare, June 9, 2010

Winning captain Tillakaratne Dilshan collects the trophy

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Tillakaratne Dilshan signals his century, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, Tri-Series, Final, Harare, June 9, 2010

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