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4th Match, Bulawayo, Nov 21 2016, Zimbabwe Tri-Nation Series
(13.3/50 ov)
55/2
No result
3y
• The Report by Nikhil Kalro

Heavy rain, wet outfield forces abandonment

A thunderstorm and a sodden outfield resulted in the abandonment of the fourth match of the tri-series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka after just 13.3 overs in Bulawayo

Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan
Scorecard summary
Zimbabwe55/2(13.3 overs)

So the washout has changed a bit around. The winner of the next match, between West Indies and Sri Lanka will be through to the final. Zimbabwe's last match, against West Indies becomes a must-win for them. Even if West Indies lose against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe will have to win and can't be saved by net run rate. That is all we have for today. Lots at stake on Wednesday when Sri Lanka and West Indies go head to head. Join us then. Cheers!

3.05pm Play has been called off because of a wet outfield. Pat Symcox is having a word with the on-field umpires.

Langton Rusere - No, (have) not (seen) that much rain, not here. The lightning was pretty dangerous, we had to go off the field for safety issues. At that point, we didn't make a call to call off the game, but we kept making checks to see if the outfield is good.

Michael Gough - We tried to probably give three hours for the outfield to improve with certain areas quite wet. The guys would have been in danger of slipping if we had played a shortened game.

2.34pm The next inspection is going to be at 3pm. The cut-off time for a restart is 3.54pm. Liam, who is at the ground, says it's hot and sunny now.

2.24pm Still awaiting an update from the inspection. There are no super soppers available, though, which makes the job that much harder for the groundstaff, who have been mopping the outfield with brooms.

1.50pm Still waiting word on a resumption. The sun is shining, but the umpires aren't entirely convinced. There will be an inspection at 2.10pm.

1.37pm Liam, who is at the ground, says the umpires are out in the middle, looking with furrowed brows at the pitch and talking to the captains. The problem area is the north-eastern side of the ground, where those big puddles formed during the rain. Ground staff efforts are focused there. Still awaiting word on resumption time.

12.50pm Update from Liam at the ground - "The rain has stopped, though who knows for how long. It's definitely brighter. The covers are coming off, and some groundstaff are also having a go at getting the worst of the puddles away from the outfield with brooms and hessian."

Cric27: "What's the cut off time? " It is believed that the cut-off time for a restart is 4pm.

While it rains, catch-up with Visually impaired commentator Dean du Plessis's story: A blind love for cricket

12.15pm The wait continues. The rain has returned, although it's light, and the covers are coming back on.

Liam from the ground - "Oh dear. There's more rain now. It started light, but it's quickly intensified and the covers are back on. Just before it started, the umpires, captains and coaches were squelching around the outfield to have a look."

11.40am The latest is that the rain has ceased and the covers are coming off.

11.20am The rain's easing now, but there are huge puddles on the outfield. Bear in mind that the outfield has already taken a lot of rain overnight, so it will be quite a task for the groundstaff to ready it after this downpour.

Shernawaz Gul: "so if match abandoned, Zimbabwe will have chance to qualify for finals if they defeat West Indies in last league match." True, but they will have to win by a huge margin. Their net run rate is currently -1.4.20, which is the worst among all teams. Also, Sri Lanka will have to lose to West Indies.

10.58am More from Liam - It is absolutely pouring now! I can hardly see out of the press box window.

D: "A few years ago I commented on Cricinfo that if you want rain in a drought-stricken area, you schedule a SL team tour. Those words still ring true to this day."

Rajiv Mel: "In the event of a washout Is there a reserve day or do the points get shared" Points get shared, Rajiv.

This picture from Liam should give you a fair idea of how bad the rain is, not likely then that we have a resumption any time soon.

Saji: "I love it that we have had international cricket in Bulawayo! But we are definitely more desperate for rain now - doing a rain dance !!!"

10.55am It has started raining now. "Here's the rain. Lightning, too, and thunder. The main problem is it doesn't look like a single big raincloud, and there's no end in sight. Just a sheet of grey," says Liam.

Thanks, Deiva. No rain, this seems like a precautionary move. And the lightning seems like it's pretty threatening.

"Petrichor in the air, lightning in my eyes, thunder rolling," tweets Liam Brickhill, who is at the ground.

10.45am A few streaks of lightning force the players off the field. No rain yet. And the covers are brought on. Akshay will be back with you for the rain watch/resumption.

13.3
1
Pathirana to Ervine, 1 run
short and wide outside off, cut away to deep cover

Umpire Gough has to tackle the bees as well

13.2
4
Pathirana to Ervine, FOUR runs
dropped short and outside off, rocks back and slaps it to the left of deep cover on the back foot
13.1
Pathirana to Ervine, no run
skids on with the arm, tucked to midwicket

A few bees now target Dickwella. He manages to swipe them off. He is having a tough day behind the stumps

end of over 131 runs
ZIM: 50/2CRR: 3.84 
Sikandar Raza4 (11)
Craig Ervine18 (27)
Dasun Shanaka2-0-5-0
Sachith Pathirana1-0-5-0
12.6
Shanaka to Sikandar Raza, no run
pitched up on off, played back to the bowler. Maiden
12.5
Shanaka to Sikandar Raza, no run
back of a length on the stumps, defended on the back foot
12.4
Shanaka to Sikandar Raza, no run
full and outside off, draws an expansive drive, and then swings to beat him
12.3
Shanaka to Sikandar Raza, no run
skiddy delivery, full on off, defended
12.2
Shanaka to Sikandar Raza, no run
good length on off, presses forward and pats the ball into the covers
12.2
1w
Shanaka to Sikandar Raza, 1 wide
full and swings away past the tram-line, off-side wide
12.1
Shanaka to Sikandar Raza, no run
full and floated outside off, left alone

Shanaka has changed ends

end of over 125 runs
ZIM: 49/2CRR: 4.08 
Craig Ervine18 (27)
Sikandar Raza4 (5)
Sachith Pathirana1-0-5-0
Dhananjaya de Silva1-0-4-0
11.6
2
Pathirana to Ervine, 2 runs
flighted on middle and leg, paddled fine on the leg side for a double
11.5
Pathirana to Ervine, no run
oh dear, another mix-up. Tossed on the leg stump, nudged to square leg. Mendis runs across to his left from short midwicket and throws it to the keeper, who does not collect the ball cleanly. He was too eager to swipe the bails off. Run-out chance missed. Ervine set off, Raza responded with a couple of steps before stopping. Ervine has to undo his steps, he pulls out a full-length dive, and is aided by the keeper's lapse
11.4
1
Pathirana to Sikandar Raza, 1 run
looped on off, drifts and turns a bit, catches the outside edge near the shoulder and sneaks to third man
11.3
1
Pathirana to Ervine, 1 run
full and straight, worked through midwicket
11.2
1
Pathirana to Sikandar Raza, 1 run
shorter and outside off, Raza goes back and punches it sweetly to extra-cover's left
11.1
Pathirana to Sikandar Raza, no run
tossed on off, defended on the front foot

Pathirana replaces Shanaka. Around the wicket

end of over 114 runs • 1 wicket
ZIM: 44/2CRR: 4 
Craig Ervine15 (24)
Sikandar Raza2 (2)
Dhananjaya de Silva1-0-4-0
Dasun Shanaka1-0-4-0
10.6
de Silva to Ervine, no run
non-turning offbreak outside off, driven to extra cover on the front foot
10.5
1
de Silva to Sikandar Raza, 1 run
shorter, flatter on the stumps, whipped through midwicket
Best performances - batsmen
CR Ervine
23 runs (30)
3 fours
0 sixes
Control100%
Productive shot
cut shot
9 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
305220110
BB Chari
11 runs (25)
1 fours
0 sixes
Control67%
Productive shot
cover drive
5 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
30205100
Best performances - bowlers
KMDN Kulasekara
O
5
M
0
R
17
W
1
Eco
3.40
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
RAS Lakmal
O
4
M
1
R
14
W
0
Eco
3.50
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
TossZimbabwe , elected to bat first
SeriesZimbabwe Tri-Nation Series 2016
Match numberODI no. 3807
Season2016/17
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, First Session 9.30-13.00, Interval 13.00-13.45, Second Session 13.45-17.15
Match days21 November 2016 (50-over match)
Umpires
Michael Gough
Langton Rusere
TV Umpire
Richard Illingworth
Reserve Umpire
Jeremiah Matibiri
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath
PointsZimbabwe 2, Sri Lanka 2