1st ODI, Galle, Jun 30 2017, Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka
(47.4/50 ov, target 317)322/4
Zimbabwe won by 6 wickets (with 14 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
112 (96) & 1/47

5.45pm If bowing out early, in heartbreaking fashion, from the Champions Trophy wasn't enough, Sri Lanka have endured another crushing blow. This is the highest successful chase ever in Sri Lanka, in 296 ODIs. How's that for a record? The heroes? Solomon Mire, who set the pace. Sean Williams who carried on to bring the chase within a 100 runs, and Sikandar Raza for ensuring the good work done by those two didn't go to waste. How easy have they made it look? Worrying signs for Sri Lanka. The bowling was toothless. The fielding? Well, it wasn't any better. This is also the first time Zimbabwe have beaten Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Surely it merits a big party tonight!

There's plenty of post-match coverage. Andrew Fernando's bulletin will be up shortly, for those who want to relive a special chase. Hope you join us for the second ODI on Sunday. Until then, this is Shashank Kishore saying goodbye on behalf of Akshay Gopalakrishnan. Cheers!

Dinesh: "Zimbabwe had that reputation of being the giant killers in the early 2000s and now, well and truly, they are back on big stage. Chasing 300 in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka is incredible effort. Take a bow" Can't let one big effort mask all that's happened in between. As Cremer said, one step at a time.

Solomon Mire is the Player of the match.

Graeme Cremer: Very special! To chase down a score like that to post our first win here was amazing. For our batting to chase the total down, special. Mire is a real asset to the team, not just with the bat but also with the ball. He's lovely to watch. We just want to take it one game at a time. We can hopefully carry this confidence forward.

Angelo Mathews: Having 315 on the board, I thought it was enough. Our bowling was poor and our fielding was pathetic. It was a good batting effort by them. The wicket was playing a little slower. I thought we had the bowling to defend this.

Sikandar Raza: The selectors and coaches have shown consistency. A lot of cricket behind us has helped us pull off this fantastic win. I kept saying myself that this had to be for Solomon. For someone to play in this kind of heat after bowling his heart out, that was sensational. I wanted to do it for him.

Sean Williams: Solomon and I spoke about taking ones and twos, and batting till the 40th over. We wanted to play the sweeps and reverse-sweeps to keep the runs ticking.

Aponso to Raza, SIX runs

they hadn't hit a six up until this point in the chase. Now, he sees the ball tossed up over the eyeline, gets to the pitch of the ball and hammers it down the ground, beats long-on comfortably. Wow, what a way to finish. This has been a stunning chase. Handshakes, hugs all around in the Zimbabwe dressing room. They've sauntered home

Aponso to Waller, 1 run

tossed up outside off, he makes room and drives this inside-out to deep cover

Aponso to Raza, 1 run

drifting into middle and leg, nurdled to deep square leg as they jog the single

Aponso to Raza, 2 runs

fired into middle and leg, he walks across the stumps and paddles this into the deep fine leg region

end of over 479 runs
ZIM: 312/4CRR: 6.63 RRR: 1.66
Sikandar Raza58 (53)
Malcolm Waller39 (28)
Akila Dananjaya 10-0-61-1
Nuwan Pradeep 9-1-52-0
Dananjaya to Raza, 1 run

too full on middle and leg, tickled to short fine leg

Dananjaya to Raza, no run

beaten outside off. Played down the wrong line, this one skid across.

Dananjaya to Waller, 1 leg bye

was through with the flick, the ball dipped on him and spun away to hit him on the back pad. Deflects to short third man

Dananjaya to Waller, 2 runs

rocks back and cuts this to deep point, a misfield from Asela allows them to come back for the second

Dananjaya to Raza, 1 run

tossed up on middle and leg from around the stumps, whipped to deep midwicket

Dananjaya to Raza, FOUR runs

he's smeared this reverse sweep into the deep point boundary. The fielder was no more than a couple of metres away. Strong wrists. This wasn't all that full but he picked it superbly

end of over 468 runs
ZIM: 303/4CRR: 6.58 RRR: 3.50
Malcolm Waller37 (26)
Sikandar Raza52 (49)
Nuwan Pradeep 9-1-52-0
Akila Dananjaya 9-0-53-1
Pradeep to Waller, 2 runs

backs away to squeeze the low full toss into the gap at deep point

Pradeep to Raza, 1 run

hustled for pace, got into a tangle as he tried to evade the bouncer, lobbed to square leg

Pradeep to Waller, 1 run

too full outside off, squeezed behind point to the boundary rider

Pradeep to Waller, no run

right behind the line in defence

Pradeep to Raza, 1 run

excellent bouncer, angled into the body, he looks to arch back and help it over the keeper's head but misses.

Pradeep to Waller, 3 runs

incoming length ball on middle and leg, tucked away to deep square leg

end of over 454 runs
ZIM: 295/4CRR: 6.55 RRR: 4.40
Sikandar Raza50 (47)
Malcolm Waller31 (22)
Akila Dananjaya 9-0-53-1
Nuwan Pradeep 8-1-44-0
Dananjaya to Raza, no run

fizzes through off the deck, eased back to the bowler.

Dananjaya to Waller, 1 run

much fuller outside off, eased to deep cover

Avadhesh: "This chase is very similar to chase of SL against India in CT. Early wickets, no one expected the chase will be achieved, but useful contribution throughout and chase done easily"

Dananjaya to Raza, 1 run

fired full on middle and leg, turned to square leg. Half-century for Raza, now for him to see this off. Can he do it?

Dananjaya to Waller, 1 run

slider, he makes room to cut. Very late on the shot but somehow manages to get some bat onto it, point comes around

Dananjaya to Raza, 1 run

lunges forward and eases it wide of point

Dananjaya to Raza, no run

slow turn back into middle, dabs it gently to the fielder coming in from point

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