Zimbabwe A v Sri Lanka A, 6th match, Harare July 19, 2012

Chigumbura takes Zimbabwe A to final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe A 83 for 2 (Sibanda 43*) beat Sri Lanka A 81 (Chigumbura 6-24) by eight wickets

Seamer Elton Chigumbura's career-best spell of 6 for 24 bowled Zimbabwe A to the final of the tri-series in Harare. Sri Lanka A needed a victory to have a chance of reaching the final but were rolled over for 81 by Chigumbura, virtually ending their chances.

The early wicket was provided by Tendai Chatara, who took 2 for 27, and Zimbabwe kept taking wickets thereon as Chigumbura destroyed the middle order. Vusi Sibanda and Craig Ervine ensured Zimbabwe did not slip after a couple of wickets in their chase, and reached the target in the 19th over.

A 25-run opening stand turned out to be the highest partnership of Sri Lanka's innings, after which they lost seven wickets for 27 runs. Allrounder Sachithra Serasinghe tried to lead a recovery through a 24-run partnership for the eighth wicket with No. 8 Kanishka Alvitigala, but Alvitigala was trapped lbw by Chigumbura for 10. Left-arm fast bowler Brian Vitori, who claimed five for 37 in his previous match against Sri Lanka A, took the final two wickets.

Sri Lanka began well with the ball by reducing Zimbabwe to 19 for 2 in the fifth over, but Sibanda and Ervine put on 64 runs to achieve the target safely. The win was Zimbabwe's second in the tournament, and meant that Sri Lanka lost all four of their matches in the tri-series.

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  • Nilantha on July 20, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    @Nduru- hey thanks for the local info my friend..we do struggle aganst a swinging ball but that does not excuse us not performing in this series..good luck to both teams in the final...

  • Asanka on July 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Is this is the future sri lankan players oh my god...this people have lot of support to be in the A team...loosing to Zimbabwe twice...good show zim and good luck with your final...

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    Well done Zimbabwe. Congrats. SL A Very very sad day for SLs loosing to ZIMB. Can anyone wake up SL selection from their dream for choosing this non performer Chamara Kapugedara who can atleast make 10 in any match against these ZIMB A. OMG . Shame Shame.

  • Nilochanie on July 20, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Selectors have to take the full blame for these huge losses as they keen on playing henchmen rather than the best in the Country. The National Team, whether it's the 1st XI, 2nd XI or Schools XI one may find majority of henchmen rather than the proven players in the teams' composition. When the henchmen were given more prominence and value by the selectors rather than the proven highly talented youngsters, the results such as these are clearly evident. In this match in hand the batter No 3 is unknown for his batting skills ( 1st Cla.Ba.Av. is just 23 after 200 odd 1st Class innings, the only qualification he has to find a place in this team is that he comes from the hometown of one of the selectors) and again the the best Schoolboy Batsman of the year 2009, one of the extreme talent, batted at No 8 under tremendous pressure . The Country's selectors has to be educated on the importance of employ batters known for controlled hitting as frontliners such as Samaraweera & Atapattu.

  • Andrew on July 19, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    @yorkslanka. Harare is a lot colder (right now) and higher than Durban where I think the SA vs SL unofficial test was. There is quite a lot of swing in the morning and the wickets can be slow. Playing in SA would not necessarily have prepared your boys for conditions in this series.

  • Nilantha on July 19, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    @maddinson - cant play away from home? won a test in England,won a test in SA and reached the finals of the CB series in Aus..maybe check your facts my friend??

  • Nilantha on July 19, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    well done to zim on reaching the final..how come our bos cant seem to bat on these wickets?didnt we just score reasonably well in the tests against SA A? what's gone so wrong??

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    Gud news for zim cricket bt m not happy wth inclusion of sibanda chigumbura.we need to give th other young guys a chance n create serious competition in th national team.if we can beat south africa tht would b gud bt its going to be a lot of work bcz thz s.a guys ar serious wth their cricket.

  • Andrew on July 19, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    @tdslbuwa - Yes, Elton is a past captain - who was dropped for lack of form and is somewhat inconsistent, hence he plays in the A team. South Africa A have several guys who play not only IPL but also in the Proteas (Levi, Parnell, Du Plessis, Ingram). But this is a Zim B team because there is no Hamilton, Taylor, Cremer, Utseya, Price, Jarvis, Mpofu - and of course Taibu has just taken holy orders.

  • Andrew on July 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Well done boys. Even the matches against SA A were competitive and we could have won them too with a bit of luck. OK, there were a few more senior guys around in the team today, but it is still mostly fringe players and young guys like Chatara. It is very positive that our teams are starting to perform against good opposition. Its concerning for SL that their A team is seemingly so weak though...

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