Zimbabwe A v Sri Lanka A, 2nd match, Harare

Vitori, Mawoyo star for Zimbabwe A

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 14, 2012

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Zimbabwe A 164 for 5 (Mawoyo 66) beat Sri Lanka A 160 (Rajapaksa 57, Vitori 5-37) by five wickets
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A five-wicket haul from Brian Vitori, followed by a half-century from Tino Mawoyo, helped Zimbabwe A consign Sri Lanka A to their second-straight defeat in as many games in the tri-series in Harare.

Zimbabwe chose to bowl, and Vitori justified the decision right away, removing Kushal Perera for 2. In the 11th over, he claimed two in two balls, and Sri Lanka - who were already scoring at a far from threatening rate - hardly recovered. Vitori picked up the following two wickets as well, to complete a five-for. The other Zimbabwe bowlers all shared the wickets around, as Sri Lanka were bowled out in 45 overs for 160. Bhanuka Rajapaksa was the only batsman to make much of a difference for the visitors, with 57 from 67 balls.

In the chase, Zimbabwe were in a bit of trouble after losing Chamu Chibhabha and Sikandar Raza cheaply, but a 94-run stand between Mawoyo and Stuart Matsikenyeri put them back on course. Though they had the game firmly in their grip, a mini-collapse, in which they lost 3 for 22, meant they couldn't finish the game in 40 overs to claim a bonus point. The five-wicket win was achieved in 40.3 overs.

Zimbabwe play South Africa at the same venue on Sunday.

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Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

great game zimA lets do it again!

Posted by Nduru on (July 14, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

Well done Zimbabwe A. It has to be a good sign if our A side is able to beat the A side of a major test nation. Good luck in the SA match, although there is quite a gulf in terms of experience and exposure. At least give them a good run for their money!

Posted by seansie78 on (July 14, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

Congratulations to Zimbabwe! Vital 3 points but a lucklustre performance with the bat could have cost them victory. I don't know much about the Sri Lanka bowling but judging from their game against south Africa and the previous series Zimbabwe especially the specialist batsman should have dominated them especially chibhabha and raza. Mawoyo continues to impress as does the newborn Matsikinyeri and Muzhange- VITORI!!!! Is he back now? The guy is fast and furious and surprisingly accurate reminds a little of Brett Lee- hopefully he will stay of the fast food and cement his place alongside Jarvis and mpofu in the senior side. A big improvement needs when they meet SA tomorrow, a bit key will be in batting first. The Harare pitch is notoriously batter friendly in thr morning after the first 5-10 overs then notoriously difficult batting second- if zim win the toss and bat first half thr victory is one what with Levi, Ontong Du Plessis and Parnell to contend with.Pity the absence of tvthough

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