Result
1st ODI, Harare, Nov 20 2008, Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe
127
(33.2/50 ov, target 128)
130/4
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 100 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
SL Innings
Full commentary

The end of a one-sided affair. It would perhaps not have been one had Matsikenyeri and Taibu continued playing the way the were. Instead, their team capitulated to spin to lose seven wickets for three runs and make a Sri Lankan win a formality after being bowled out for 127. Sri Lanka, who are without Jayasuriya, took their time to chase down the target, trying to get acclimatised to the conditions in Zimbabwe before the four other games to follow.

Ray Price and Prosper Utseya bowled well but just didn't have enough runs on the board to put pressure on Sri Lanka. Hope the next game turns out to be more competitive.

Prosper Utseya: "We are disappointed not to get a competitive score."

Mahela Jayawardene: "We wanted to win the first game, but were disappointed with the way we started. However, our spinners did a wonderful job."

Muttiah Muralitharan is the Man of the Match.

Well, that's it from here folks. Join us for the second ODI on Saturday. Goodbye

33.2
4
Utseya to Sangakkara, FOUR runs
that's it! it's all over!,that was tossed up on middle and leg, Sangakkara came down the track and lofted it over the bowlers head for a one-bounce four to the long on boundary
33.1
Utseya to Sangakkara, no run
flighted outside the off stump, played back to the bowler
end of over 332 runs
SL: 126/4CRR: 3.81 • RRR: 0.11 • Need 2 runs from 16 overs
Jehan Mubarak0 (10)
Kumar Sangakkara42 (93)
Ray Price7-1-24-2
Prosper Utseya6-1-24-0
32.6
Price to Mubarak, no run
short outside off, cut straight to point
32.5
Price to Mubarak, no run
quicker through the air, pitches on a good length outside off, defended
32.4
Price to Mubarak, no run
tossed up, pitches on a good length outside off and spins in, defended watchfully
32.3
Price to Mubarak, no run
flatter outside off stump, Mubarak in no hurry here, plays it back to the bowler
32.2
Price to Mubarak, no run
flighted outside the off stump, defended back to the bowler
32.1
1
Price to Sangakkara, 1 run
flighted outside off and spinning in, pushed to a deepish mid-on
32.1
1w
Price to Sangakkara, 1 wide
wide down the leg side
end of over 321 runs
SL: 124/4CRR: 3.87 • RRR: 0.22 • Need 4 runs from 16 overs
Jehan Mubarak0 (5)
Kumar Sangakkara41 (92)
Prosper Utseya6-1-24-0
Ray Price6-1-22-2
31.6
Utseya to Mubarak, no run
tossed up on the off stump, defended
31.5
Utseya to Mubarak, no run
good length on middle and leg, defended to forward short leg
31.4
Utseya to Mubarak, no run
flighted on the off stump, defended on the front foot to cover