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Zimbabwe choke again to gift Sri Lanka whitewash

Sri Lanka completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a 19-run victory in the fifth ODI, but, not for the first time in the last week, Zimbabwe threw away a gilt-edged chance of winning within sight of the finishing line

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Thilina Kandamby
40(99) 0x4 - 0x6
Control %95%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 22 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 4 6 8 11 10 1 0
Keith Dabengwa
39(91) 1x4 - 1x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 9 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 4 8 7 11 4 1 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Muttiah Muralitharan
O10
M2
R29
W5
Eco2.90
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Nuwan Kulasekara
O9
M2
R14
W3
Eco1.55
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Zimbabwe , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 5-match series 5-0

Match number

Season

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 days

30 November 2008 (50-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

END OF OVER:
44 | (wicket maiden) | ZIM: 133/10 (20 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 3.02, RRR: 3.33)

  • Ed Rainsford0 (0b)
  • Muttiah Muralitharan10-2-29-5
  • Nuwan Kulasekara9-2-14-3

Sri Lanka claim the series 5-0, but the series was not as one-sided as the scoreline suggests. Zimbabwe were completely outplayed in the first two games, but failed to build on a winning position of 134 for 1 in the third, where they fell short by just five runs. They gave the visitors a run for their money in the fourth game as well, losing by just two wickets. They looked down and out at 58 for 6, but Utseya and Dabengwa added 72 for the seventh wicket to take Zimbabwe within 23 runs of victory. Kulasekara, though, struck back with two quick wickets against the run of play to snatch the game from the hosts.

Zimbabwe will be ruing not being able to finish off games after getting into a winning position. They lost their last four wickets for three runs.

Prosper Utseya: "We competed very well but are disappointed to have failed to finish it off in the last three games."

Mahela Jayawardene: "We knew these matches were not going to be high scoring but our bowlers delivered when we needed it the most. We are a little disappointed with our batting over the last two matches and probably fell about 3- to 40 runs short today. However, we came back splendidly to win this one."

Mutthiah Muralitharan is the Man of the Match for his 5 for 29.

Ajantha Mendis is the Man of the Series for his 15 wickets in five games.

Well, that's all we have from here folks, Thanks for tuning into out coverage for all these five games. It's been a pleasure bringing you all the action and we appreciate you e-mailing us your comments. On behalf of everyone here at Cricinfo, goodbye!

43.6
W
Muralitharan to Price, OUT, gone! Murali takes five, his 10th five-wicket haul, that was quicker through the air, pitched on a good length outside off and spun in sharply, Price came forward to defend but failed to make contact, was struck on the pads and in line with middle and the umpire didn't take too long to raise his finger

RW Price lbw b Muralitharan 3 (19m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 21.42

43.5
0
Muralitharan to Price, no run, doosra, bowled outside off from round the wicket, Price didn't pick it
43.4
0
Muralitharan to Price, no run, tossed up on the off stump, defended on the off side

A slip and a forward short leg in place

43.3
0
Muralitharan to Price, no run, short outside off, going the other way, guided to short third man
43.2
0
Muralitharan to Price, no run, flighted on the off stump, defended yet again
43.1
0
Muralitharan to Price, no run, flighted on the off stump, defended to the leg side

20 needed off 42 with just one wicket left. Zimbabwe have now taken their batting powerplay. Murali to bowl and Rainsford is the new batsman

Zimbabwe 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st23H MasakadzaV Sibanda
2nd2T TaibuH Masakadza
3rd2T TaibuCJ Chibhabha
4th13T TaibuS Matsikenyeri
5th9T TaibuE Chigumbura
6th9T TaibuKM Dabengwa
7th72KM DabengwaP Utseya
8th3RW PriceP Utseya
9th0RW PriceT Mupariwa
10th0RW PriceEC Rainsford