turned off the back foot past square leg.
Five overs completed, so this game has a result now. As of now, Sri Lanka are ahead. Zim's par score was 43 at this stage.
12:36pm Rain stops play again and just in time too, for five overs are completed now. If play does not resume, and I must say it looks unlikely, Sri Lanka will have two points. Stay tuned for updates.
Given the conditions, I can't believe Sanga risked an over of Malinga. They just about got in the five overs in the nick of time. That said, Zimbabwe were within hitting distance of the five-over target and Malinga bowled a pretty accurate over.
Also, very unimpressive stuff from Zimbabwe. 100 odd off 10 requires some power-hitting, all the more when there is a chance of an early finish. They should have gone hammer and tongs at this target, and not milked it like the middle overs of an ODI.. which is what they did. A couple of violent blows and they could have well been on top.
Another interesting observation. If that lbw off the penultimate ball had been given, or if the run out had been completed, the match could have well been interrupted before the completion of the 5th over - the skies opened up at that exact instance, and it is possible that the next batsman would not have been able to take guard on time. Not losing a wicket to that ball has possibly cost Zimbabwe a crucial point. Sri Lanka will be relieved the lbw was not given.. Hindsight is always 20-20 in Twenty20!
12:54pm Rain has stopped. The ground-staff are mopping up the outfield. Stay tuned for more - it is possibly curtains for this game already, since England are warming up on the outfield. They are slated to play West Indies in the second game of the day.
12:59pm Sri Lanka have won the game by 14 runs, by the Duckworth/Lewis method. So that's the end of this game, and Zimbabwe should be kicking themselves for not going harder in the five overs of play that was possible. The par score was 43, as Shaun Pollock would tell you, you need to be one above that for a win. Zim finished at 29, leaving them 14 short of the par score.
Runs.. Rains.. Ruins.. Runs from Mahela's bat, an innings of the highest quality. Even the rain gods relented and let him finish his business before beginning their's. Then came the rains, leaving Sri Lanka anxious for a while, but there was just enough time for them to slip in five overs and quietly wrap up the win. Ruins then for Zimbabwe, and they largely have themselves to blame for not making a run for the back door.
That's it from us then. No signs of the presentation - most likely will be held indoors since the next game must begin on time. No prizes for guessing that Mahela Jayawardene will be adjudged Man of the Match at some point in time.
Do tune in for the next game. This is Nitin Sundar signing off our coverage for this match. Goodbye!
lots of action at no avail! Misses the sweep, and the lbw call is negated and the batman almost runs himself out. Bowler does not collect the throw cleanly though he breaks the stumps
It is beginning to rain again.
short of a length from round the sticks, played away to the off side
very short and attempted pull is not timed too well. Single to the leg side
The target is 104.
flicked away to the leg side for a couple.
There is rain in the air again. Five overs constitute a match.
short outside off, cut away to deep cover for a single
pulls the short ball hard, on the bounce to deep midwicket
pitched up to Taibu, who also sweeps straight to square leg
swept again, but he cannot time it and gets a single
swept away with intent, behind square for two more
worked away to the leg side , as it comes in with Sanath's arm on to leg stump
singles are all Zimbabwe are getting and it is not enough. This one was turned away to midwicket
short and wide, cut away to cover and fielded very well tumbling to the right
gets it away for a single this time to the leg side
back of a length, tapped away straight off the back foot and in the air for a bit
length ball on leg, worked away down to long on
Lots of confusion over the target. We'll find out exact numbers soon.
fast and straight, short of a length and tucking the batsman up.
Big mix up and Masakadza is run out. Plays the short ball down to third man, and Taibu always wanted two and ended up at the striker's end with Masakadza, who made a belated run for it but the ball was relayed to Malinga who took off a bail easily.