just short of a good length and outside off, Thisara sizes it up and lustily clubs it into the stands beyond midwicket. Fittingly, Thisara seals the win for SL in emphatic fashion and keeps his side alive in the tri-series
7.22pm After limiting Zimbabwe to 198 with a volley of menacing short balls, Thisara Perera hit 39 off 26 balls - the only batsman to strike at 100 or more on a two-paced pitch - to ensure Sri Lanka stay afloat in the tri-series. He came into bat with Sri Lanka wobbling at 145 for 5, but saw his side home along with Chandimal, who stayed unbeaten on 38. Muzarabani and Jarvis were impressive both with the new ball and the old one, but could not find a way past Thisara.
Cremer: To be honest, the wicket looked same like the other one, but played a lot different. We were probably 30 runs short with the bat. We need one of the top four to bat through the innings. Taylor played well, but we need one to bat till 45 overs. The seamers did quite well; maybe a bit inconsistent with the length. Credit to Chandi, they were always looking like winning with him there. We will come out hard day after tomorrow.
Chandimal: I was really happy with the performance. Credit to the bowlers - they did their job really well. Kusal Janith and Mendis did their job, and Thisara at the end was brilliant. As I said, once you get a start in the top four you need to bat long. That's what we need to do, and we will have three more days to come up with a good plan. Pressure is always there. Last one year or so they've played outstanding cricket.
Thisara (who else?) is the Player of the Match: First of all I am proud of my performance. As an allrounder, I am very happy today. All the bowlers, including me, did well. This is a relay baton - we want to do it at both ends. Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal did well. Pradeep has an injury but he did well. This is my natural game, otherwise I can't survive in the international game
Anji: "Good to see Kusal Mendis chipping in some runs. He needs to gain back his confidence."
Gaja: "Come on Ice93. It is not about Chandimal only. It is about the whole team, If it wasn't setup by both Kusals, you would have known How vunerable to have Chandimal in the team. If it was a 300 track & Zimbabwe scored 230 or so, SL would have definitely lost this much"
That's a wrap of this match. Thanks for your company and comments. Goodbye and good night for now
Nonymous: "I guess the boat has sailed.. but no chance of a bonus point for SL here, right?" --- Right
Thisara backs away outside leg, the bowler chases him with a short ball, stabbed to mid-on
shorter and wider outside off, back-foot cut finds sweeper cover
back of a length and outside off, Chandimal leans back and chops to backward point
wide of the crease and angling into a front-foot push to cover
chopped from the stumps to backward point, where the fielder lets the ball burst through
short, wide, flayed to sweeper cover
Udara Udayanga: "Thisara Seems like much more comfortable without the captaincy. Hopefully he will continue the same form throughout the series and then on."
lobbed up and outside off, googly? Thisara slogs it across the line and skies it in the air. It drops down in front of long-on
looped up and breaks away, forward and driven to long-off
Ice93: "Today is a good example why SL needs someone like Chandimal in the ODI XI. Still believe he should be batting at number 3 for SL."
tosses this legbreak higher, defended on off stump
pushed through on middle stump, slapped down to long-off off the back foot
Vinod Simon: "it's time for Thissara to finish business in his style, iron man"
back of a length and outside off, bashed away with brute power to sweeper cover. Just a single, though
just short of a good length and outside off, slower ball, Thisara picks the change-up and pummels a pull over midwicket. Bam
full on middle, pushed up to mid-off
bouncer, angling away, ducks under it. Too high, and called a wide
back of a length on middle, stands tall and punches to cover's left
short, wide, cracked to sweeper cover
R: "One more wicket will make the game interesting "
back of a length and outside off, from wide of the crease, punched to point
Cremer throws it up outside off, Thisara races down the track and launches it over the long-off boundary
chopped from middle stump to extra cover