Player of the Match
Player of the Match
221dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Mire's maiden ton scripts record chase

Solomon Mire's belligerent 112 and half-centuries from Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza helped Zimbabwe run down Sri Lanka's 316 and register the highest successful chase by any team in the country

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SF Mire
SF Mire
112(96) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 25 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
16 14 18 5 2 2 30 25
BKG Mendis
BKG Mendis
86(80) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 21 runs
  • 3x4 - 1x6
3 5 14 7 12 2 21 22

Best performances - Bowlers

DAS Gunaratne
DAS Gunaratne
O7
M0
R45
W2
Eco6.42
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
TL Chatara
TL Chatara
O9
M1
R49
W2
Eco5.44
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Shashank Kishore

5.45pm If bowing out early, in heartbreaking fashion, from the Champions Trophy wasn't enough, Sri Lanka have endured another crushing blow. This is the highest successful chase ever in Sri Lanka, in 296 ODIs. How's that for a record? The heroes? Solomon Mire, who set the pace. Sean Williams who carried on to bring the chase within a 100 runs, and Sikandar Raza for ensuring the good work done by those two didn't go to waste. How easy have they made it look? Worrying signs for Sri Lanka. The bowling was toothless. The fielding? Well, it wasn't any better. This is also the first time Zimbabwe have beaten Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Surely it merits a big party tonight!

There's plenty of post-match coverage. Andrew Fernando's bulletin will be up shortly, for those who want to relive a special chase. Hope you join us for the second ODI on Sunday. Until then, this is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye on behalf of Akshay Gopalakrishnan. Cheers!

Dinesh: "Zimbabwe had that reputation of being the giant killers in the early 2000s and now, well and truly, they are back on big stage. Chasing 300 in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka is incredible effort. Take a bow" Can't let one big effort mask all that's happened in between. As Cremer said, one step at a time.

Solomon Mire is the Player of the match.

Graeme Cremer: Very special! To chase down a score like that to post our first win here was amazing. For our batting to chase the total down, special. Mire is a real asset to the team, not just with the bat but also with the ball. He's lovely to watch. We just want to take it one game at a time. We can hopefully carry this confidence forward.

Angelo Mathews: Having 315 on the board, I thought it was enough. Our bowling was poor and our fielding was pathetic. It was a good batting effort by them. The wicket was playing a little slower. I thought we had the bowling to defend this.

Sikandar Raza: The selectors and coaches have shown consistency. A lot of cricket behind us has helped us pull off this fantastic win. I kept saying myself that this had to be for Solomon. For someone to play in this kind of heat after bowling his heart out, that was sensational. I wanted to do it for him.

Sean Williams: Solomon and I spoke about taking ones and twos, and batting till the 40th over. We wanted to play the sweeps and reverse-sweeps to keep the runs ticking.

47.4
6
Aponso to Sikandar Raza, SIX runs, they hadn't hit a six up until this point in the chase. Now, he sees the ball tossed up over the eyeline, gets to the pitch of the ball and hammers it down the ground, beats long-on comfortably. Wow, what a way to finish. This has been a stunning chase. Handshakes, hugs all around in the Zimbabwe dressing room. They've sauntered home
47.3
1
Aponso to Waller, 1 run, tossed up outside off, he makes room and drives this inside-out to deep cover
47.2
1
Aponso to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, drifting into middle and leg, nurdled to deep square leg as they jog the single
47.1
2
Aponso to Sikandar Raza, 2 runs, fired into middle and leg, he walks across the stumps and paddles this into the deep fine leg region

END OF OVER:
47 | 9 Runs | ZIM: 312/4 (5 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 1.66)

  • Sikandar Raza58 (53b)
  • Malcolm Waller39 (28b)
  • Akila Dananjaya10-0-61-1
  • Nuwan Pradeep9-1-52-0
46.6
1
Dananjaya to Sikandar Raza, 1 run, too full on middle and leg, tickled to short fine leg
46.5
0
Dananjaya to Sikandar Raza, no run, beaten outside off. Played down the wrong line, this one skid across.

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st12H MasakadzaSF Mire
2nd34CR ErvineSF Mire
3rd161SC WilliamsSF Mire
4th13SC WilliamsSikandar Raza
5th102MN WallerSikandar Raza