Player of the Match
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    37.5 moving around too much, and this time he's gone! oh, wait, he's referring that. Mathews asks Dickwella to wait and they ask for a review. The ball, by the way, was full on middle and he moved to the off side too soon to look for a fine padde down leg side. The ball goes under his bat and hits his toes dead in front of middle stump. The review indicates no bat. Pitched on middle and off, and would've smashed middle stump. Another classy innings comes to an end 216/2
    35.2 played too early. Misses it altogether and sees the off stump knocked back. The slowness of the surface has done in Gunathilaka. Shaped to pull that away from outside off, in hindsight, he may have been better off looking to rock back and cut instead. 209/1
    49.6 and Zimbabwe finish with a wicket! , short, slow and outside off, Mathews tries to cut that over point. Not enough power in the delivery nor the shot, soft dismissal. Just the way Zimbabwe would've wanted to finish the innings. 300/6
    43.5 inside-edge and bowled him! He tries one more slog onto the leg side but it's full and wide outside off, he plays that away from his body and the ball finds the inside-edge of his bat. Crashes into the base of middle stump and Tharanga has to go. He was just finding his rhythm 257/3
    44.3 good length on leg stump, and he backs away to chip the ball on the off side. He doesn't find the power he's looking for and it's gone up, the ball has a lot of hang time, enough time for Williams to run back from mid off and compose himself. Takes a diving catch. Another wicket goes, Gunaratne walks back disappointed 260/4
    44.6 short and outside off stump, and Mpofu takes another! First-ball duck for Kusal Mendis. He went for the big one from the first ball and it wasn't to be. The pull wasn't well connected and Ervine was positioned at deep midwicket for that shot. Wickets falling in a pile now 263/5
    not out
    13 (b 1, lb 1, w 11)
    300/6 (50 Overs, RR: 6.0)
    Fall of wickets: 1-209 (Danushka Gunathilaka, 35.2 ov), 2-216 (Niroshan Dickwella, 37.5 ov), 3-257 (Upul Tharanga, 43.5 ov), 4-260 (Asela Gunaratne, 44.3 ov), 5-263 (Kusal Mendis, 44.6 ov), 6-300 (Angelo Mathews, 49.6 ov)
    CB Mpofu906126.77247040
    TL Chatara503216.40122020
    Sikandar Raza905616.22193110
    SC Williams503707.40102100
    SF Mire302107.0061020
    AG Cremer904705.22224000
    MN Waller1004424.40260110
    9.4 there's the wicket. The young man has cleaned up Masakadza. Lured by the flight, looked to biff this across the line but the googly spun back in through the gap between bat and pad to smash into the stumps. What confidence to bowl the wrong'un at a time when the batsman were on a rampage. 67/1
    11.4 over-aggression has cost Mire here. Premeditates the sweep, trying to be too cheeky but he's hit this full toss straight to short fine leg. Hit too well, that's a dolly. 82/2
    17.6 edged! taken! the DLS equation changes completely once again. Short and on the fifth-stump line outside off stump, he pokes at that shot and the ball flies to the keeper. He moves to his right and collects the ball. It was travelling, some good place. A thick edge 128/3
    not out
    22.2 stumped!, a faster one this time, good length and wide, and the batsman races down the pitch to smash that away, misses the slog over the bowler completely, and the keeper gets the bails off in a flash. 145/4
    25.2 What. A. Brilliant. Catch., very full on middle and Raza hits it back above the bowler's head. But that's only if the bowler stood still. He instead jumps atleast a couple of feet in the air and takes a sharp return catch. That wicket completely belongs to the bowler. That ball was travelling 172/5
    29.1 full on off stump and he slogs it!. Its a slog but not well timed, he holes out to the deep fielder on the leg side. Good catch given how dark it is. Waller went for the glory shot, there 215/6
    not out
    13 (b 4, lb 1, w 8)
    219/6 (29.2 Overs, RR: 7.46)
    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Hamilton Masakadza, 9.4 ov), 2-82 (Solomon Mire, 11.4 ov), 3-128 (Tarisai Musakanda, 17.6 ov), 4-145 (Sean Williams, 22.2 ov), 5-172 (Sikandar Raza, 25.2 ov), 6-215 (Malcolm Waller, 29.1 ov)
    SL Malinga411804.50181100
    AM Fernando2022011.0053100
    PVD Chameera503216.40186010
    DAS Gunaratne704115.85184100
    PWH de Silva604036.66155000
    PADLR Sandakan3.2045113.5046030
    MD Gunathilaka201608.0042000

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Series result

5-match series level 2-2

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

09.45 start, First Session 09.45-13.15, Interval 13.15-14.00, Second Session 14.00-17.30

Match days

08 July 2017 (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

  • Mathews unsure about captaining in 2019 World Cup

    A second ODI loss to Zimbabwe in the ongoing series, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews conceded, has put his captaincy under significant pressure, and he hinted that he is unsure if he will lead the side in the next World Cup

  • 'They probably didn't expect us to win' - Cremer

    Having drawn the series level, the Zimbabwe captain said his side always believed they could chase down big totals and that the pressure will be more on Sri Lanka going into the decider

  • Calm Ervine helps Zimbabwe draw level

    Sri Lanka managed only 300 for 6 after looking to post in excess of 350 at one stage. That Zimbabwe have only 301 to chase, in a bid to save the series, was courtesy a strong bowling effort in the death overs that included regular wickets

  • Zimbabwe need bowling revival to keep series alive

    Zimbabwe must now win both remaining matches, if they are to avoid a series defeat, but a newly inspired Sri Lanka top order stands in their way

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

1st67H MasakadzaSF Mire
2nd15SF MireTK Musakanda
3rd46CR ErvineTK Musakanda
4th17CR ErvineSC Williams
5th27CR ErvineSikandar Raza
6th43CR ErvineMN Waller
7th4CR ErvinePJ Moor