2nd ODI, Galle, Jul 2 2017, Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka
(30.1/50 ov, target 156)158/3
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets (with 119 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match

3.24pm After failing to defend a target of 317 in the series opener, Sri Lanka have bounced back to level the series with a crushing win. It was set up by the two spinners - Lakshan Sandakan and debutant Wanidu Hasaranga. They befuddled Zimbabwe's batsmen with their variations. The sweeps and reverse-sweeps, which reaped rich reward on Friday, let the visitors down today. Sandakan claimed his first four-wicket haul in ODI cricket, while Hasaranga became only the third player, after Taijul Islam and Kagiso Rabada, to claim a hat-trick on ODI debut. It all seemed like a blur. Just ask Cremer's men.

Zimbabwe also have to deal with the anxiety of Chatara leaving the field because of a possible knee injury. Tharanga then anchored the chase of 156 with his third successive fifty. You can read all about that in Fidel Fernando's report, which will be updated shortly. Do stick with us for the presentations.

Sandakan, Man of the Match: The captain gave me a lot of confidence and I bowled really well. We planned to bowl a bit slower and we executed it in the middle. And well bowled to Wanidu Hasaranga who had a dream debut.

Cremer, Zimbabwe captain: We thought the wicket was a little bit different. Maybe 230 would have been a good score. It was just one of those days. Sri Lanka bowled well, credit to them, and maybe we need to look at the other options [apart from the sweep]. Like I said, 150 was not good enough on that wicket.

Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: I wouldn't call it a clinical performance. We still dropped catches. The attitude and intensity was superb, though,. We just need to regroup, and it was great effort from the boys. Sandakan was absolutely brilliant, so was Wanidu. Credit should go to the selectors to pick him. I, honestly, haven't seem him much. Chasing a modest total, is not easy if you lose a couple of wickets early on. We can't thank Upul enough. He has moved up and down the order to accommodate others. He has been an unlucky player. Can't thank him enough.

Right, the series is level at 1-1. Hope you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. Do come back for the third ODI at Hambantota on July 6. Until then, this is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Akshay Gopalakrishnan.

Varun: "Zimbabwe have been on the receiving end of a 'hat-trick on debut' twice now (previously against Taijul Islam)!"

Lovemore Siband: "it's impossible to sit on the fence here, Zim were completely outplayed in all departments. SL were playing around like a lion hunting down a springbok."

Eugene LaBrooy: "Can we now shake hands with Malinga and say to him, "thanks for coming" ? Or does he get another match?"

Hibshy: "Well tharanga is certainly sending a message to chandimal. Be consistent or be in the sidelines"

Samraat: "whenever gunathilaka and mendis haven't scored the runs. dickwella has scored runs. interesting. SL need to learn to click in unison though."

Cremer to Upul Tharanga, FOUR runs

Tharanga seals it for Sri Lanka! The series is now level at 1-1. Cremer lobs a low full-toss on middle, Tharanga brings his dexterous wrists into play, whipping it away to the left of mid-on. Sri Lankan fans go berserk in the banks of Galle

end of over 305 runs
SL: 154/3CRR: 5.13 RRR: 0.10
Upul Tharanga71 (85)
Angelo Mathews28 (35)
Ryan Burl 2-0-15-0
Graeme Cremer 9-0-42-1
Burl to Upul Tharanga, 1 run

looped up outside off, Tharanga presses forward, meets the pitch and caresses it to long-off

Burl to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

tapped down to long-on

Burl to Angelo Mathews, no run

beautiful dip and a hint of turn, Mathews dares to play across the line, against the break, and squirts a leading edge to point

Burl to Upul Tharanga, 1 run

full on middle and leg, driven down to long-on

Burl to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

higher full-toss just outside off, Mathews shovels it powerfully to long-on

Burl to Upul Tharanga, 1 run

low full-toss on the leg stump, serenely pushed down to long-on

end of over 2910 runs
SL: 149/3CRR: 5.13 RRR: 0.33
Upul Tharanga68 (82)
Angelo Mathews26 (32)
Graeme Cremer 9-0-42-1
Ryan Burl 1-0-10-0
Cremer to Upul Tharanga, 1 run

nice dip on middle, but Tharanga gets close enough to the pitch, driving a single down to long-on

Cremer to Upul Tharanga, FOUR runs

floated on middle and leg, Tharanga goes low and sweeps it in the air over square leg. He has kicked up a gear

Cremer to Upul Tharanga, FOUR runs

... and Tharanga shakes off the blow with a boundary. Full legbreak, swatted handsomely over midwicket

Cremer to Upul Tharanga, no run

Tharanga cops a glancing blow on the grille of the helmet. Bursts off the surface, turns, beats the sweep, and hits the grille

Cremer to Angelo Mathews, 1 run

full non-turner on off, milked down to long-off

Cremer to Angelo Mathews, no run

slower legbreak, finds turn, Mathews adjusts well and blocks it onto the pitch

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