full outside off, driven to mid-off's right and trickles towards the boundary. That is 1-0 for Sri Lanka and their captain brings it up
4:51pm And that is all from us! Thank you for sticking with us through this slow burner, and we hope it was worth it with this exciting finish. We'll see you for the next Test. Have a good evening.
Dimuth Karunaratne: In the start there was nothing for the bowlers. After that it became slow and low and we knew we had that advantage. I think we bowled really well. We bowled lots of maidens overs, that's what we want, build the pressure and then we can capitalise on it. Embuldeniya was really good in the first innings and in the second innings the seamers did a good job as well. It's a good start but Angie is the only one who converted into a big score, so the other batters have to convert after they get a start. It was a tough game here, we have a three day break, we will try to relax before moving to the next Test.
Angelo Mathews: Firstly I thank the almighty for blessing me. I've worked a lot on my fitness in the past few months. Looking a bit slimmer, lost a few Ks and feeling good. [A hundred] it has been a while, I haven't got one in 4-5 games. So once I made the start, I had to make it count. Credit must go to Zimbabwe, they gave nothing away. They kept pegging away with the umbrella field. We had a target - the plan was to try and get to 160. We didn't want to bat in the second innings because there was variable bounce and turn. I'd been told as well, so I had to make sure we get to that target first.
Angelo Mathews is the Man of the Match.
Sean Williams: The guys have tried their hardest. There's going to be hurdles we're going to have to cross as a team, but it's [captaincy's] been enjoyable. 350 I would have taken any day, but 450 would have taken time out of the game and given us a lead. The wicket got difficult today, you couldn't trust the bounce. Chakabva, the way he batted today was incredible and the seamers did well for us. Spinners - we need more discipline in that area. The seamers put in a hell of a lot of overs. The young guys coming into this side put their hands up. There are a lot other positives - the workload the guys took on, Brian's innings. All in all, very proud of them.
4:37pm So in the end, we get a result. 24 hours ago, the pace of the game would have had many doubting, particularly as Zimbabwe's openers took them solidly to the end of the day. But a fifth-day collapse, however small, is enough to change the game rapidly. Unfortunately for Zimbabwe, they had two such collapses. And they both came at the start of the first two sessions. That seriously impeded their chances of taking a respectable lead. Taylor and Williams batted beautifully before they fell in back-to-back overs. Suranga Lakmal the chief architect for Sri Lanka in that half of the day. In the second half, they were made to toil by Regis Chakabva and the lower order, but the pace and fire of Lahiru Kumara was a little too much for them. They were bowled out with just under an hour left in the game. Sri Lanka's patient approach, particularly that of Angelo Mathews, all worked out to perfection. Bright performances from ZImbabwe's four debutants, particularly Kevin Kasuza and Victor Nyauchi, who were among the top performers in the first two innings of this game. But Embuldeniya's five-for and Mathews' maiden double-ton and partnerships with the other seasoned cricketers in Mendis, Dickwella, and Dhananjaya de Silva proved to be the difference.
length at off, tapped to short midwicket off the toe-end
length on leg stump, neatly clipped past midwicket with the angle
length on middle stump, defended to mid-on
length at middle stump, punched to mid-on
length on middle stump, clipped to fine leg off the thick inside edge
length on leg stump, flicked to midwicket
length on leg stump, allows that to come on and punches it sweetly through midwicket off the back foot
short of a length across the corridor, looks for the pull, gets an under-edge to the keeper
short of a length across the corridor, beaten on the late cut
short of a length and just outside off, punched through point
length on off stump, defended on the front foot
length and curving away outside off, left alone
length and shaping away outside off. Left alone
length and in at leg stump, flicked to fine leg
short of a length and curved into the corridor. Check punch into the covers
Goes around the wicket
short and wide outside off, sitting up to be cut. Cut he does and three fielders give chase
full and shaping away at off stump, blocked on the front foot
4:23pm 14 to win in 13 overs, how many of you are putting money on a draw?
Ovin: "What ever said and done Zimbabwe have done really well considering everything, hats off from Sri Lanka, y'all really gave us a scare!"
Lenirodha: "Serious batting from Chakabva...a real fighting knock 26 off 140 odd balls really loved that courage and enthusiasum to save the match....well played zim..."
4.15pm So the second new ball has ended Zimbabwe's resistance. They are 170 all out with a lead of just 13. Lakmal struck at the start of the day, and finished with four wickets while Kumara dealt crucial blows with the second new ball to finish with 3 for 32. Sri Lanka will resume the chase in about ten minutes which now looks like a mere formality.
he has bowled'im! Chakabva is bowled. It was a quicker one from Embuldeniya, on the stumps. Chakabva went back to cut it away for a single. Instead he missed it altogether and is bowled, the top of middle and off
fuller on the leg stump, defended
|Harare Sports Club|
|Toss||Zimbabwe, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Sri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2381|
|Match days||19,20,21,22,23 January 2020 - day (5-day match)|