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
2y
• Cricinfo staff

Murali and Mendis rout Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe tumbled from 124 for 3 to 127 in the blink of an eye, leaving Sri Lanka to coast to their target with six wickets and more than 16 overs in hand

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Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe127(31 overs)
Sri Lanka130/4(33.2 overs)

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 from 16.4ov
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 from 16.4ov
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
31.3
1
Utseya to Sangakkara, 1 run
tossed up on leg stump, dropped onto the leg side, short of mid wicket, for a quick single
31.2
Utseya to Sangakkara, no run
flighted on the off, driven to extra cover
31.1
Utseya to Sangakkara, no run
short of a good length outside off, pushed off the back foot to cover
end of over 313 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 123/4CRR: 3.96 • RRR: 0.26 • Need 5 from 16.4ov
Jehan Mubarak0 (2)
Kumar Sangakkara40 (89)
Ray Price6-1-22-2
Prosper Utseya5-1-23-0
30.6
Price to Mubarak, no run
slightly fuller this time, defended off the back foot yet again
30.5
Price to Mubarak, no run
tossed up outside off, pitches on a good length and spins back in, Sangakkara defends it on the back foot
30.4
1
Price to Sangakkara, 1 run
short on the off stump, pulled away to deep mid wicket
Best performances - batsmen
KC Sangakkara
46 runs (95)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control95%
Productive shot
leg glance
8 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
018775612
ML Udawatte
38 runs (46)
4 fours
1 sixes
Control96%
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
15 runs
1 fours
1 sixes
011482063
Best performances - bowlers
M Muralitharan
O
4
M
1
R
14
W
4
Eco
3.50
BAW Mendis
O
6
M
0
R
26
W
3
Eco
4.33
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossSri Lanka , elected to field first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe
Player Of The Match
Muttiah Muralitharan
Series resultSri Lanka led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2779
Season2008/09
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 09.30-13.00 Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days20 November 2008 (50-over match)
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Kevan Barbour
TV Umpire
Owen Chirombe
Reserve Umpire
Justice Tapfumaneyi
Match Referee
Mike Procter