length on middle and leg, goes back and blocks
Karunaratne collects the trophy and is joined by his team-mates. So a good, competitive series comes to an end. That's all from our side. See you soon.
Dimuth Karunaratne: I think if you take this Test, Zimbabwe competed well for the first four days. They were really positive and played really good cricket. We had to bat the whole day, I think Kusal and Oshada were really good. As a team, we have done some really good things over the last two years.
Mathews: It's always nice to contribute with the bat. I would like to thank the support staff and the team. A special mention for the fast bowlers, a marathon effort by the entire bowling unit. But credit must go to Zimbabwe as well. In the first Test, it was a good batting track but this time around it was even slower but Kusal Mendis batted really well."
Angelo Mathews is the Player of the Series.
Raza: I think I wanted to channel all my emotions in the right way. I just made a commitment to work hard every day after missing out on a couple of series. I try and complement bowling with batting. When I was training for this Test, I had about 200 overs under my belt. I am certainly looking forward to the franchise cricket, we have to back-to-back games.
Sikandar Raza is the Man of the Match.
Sean Williams: Unfortunately, I got sick but Brendan did a really good job there and well done to Raza. We played spin really well this series and I am looking forward to the Bangladesh series.
The presentation should be there anytime.
4.18pm And they shake hands. Sri Lanka take the series 1-0 but a great effort by Zimbabwe in both Tests. In fact, they were in a winning position here but only 54 overs were possible on Thursday and that hampered their chances to force a win. But credit goes to Sri Lanka as well. They had to negotiate 96 overs today and showed great resolve. Their openers blunted the new ball before Mathews and Mendis frustrated the hosts further. The latter went on to score his seventh Test hundred, and is just five away from 3000 Test runs. For that, he will have to wait though. Earlier, Ervine scored a brilliant first-innings hundred before Sikandar Raza starred with a seven-for. Their seamers too bowled probing lines throughout the series. So a lot of positives for the hosts but they are set to receive pay cuts after this Test due to the financial crunch their board faces.
length ball around off, defended towards square leg with the turn
a touch fuller outside off, goes back to defend but it takes the outside edge and goes past first slip
length ball on the stumps, some turn once again, defended from the back foot
fuller outside off, pushes it behind point for one
tossed up wide outside off, looks to defend on the off side but it drops at him and hits the inner half
pitched up outside off, comes forward to drive it towards covers, cannot find the gap
fuller on the pads, misses the flick but gets a leg-bye to fine leg
and he squares him up. Fuller around off and swinging in, Chandimal was looking to work on the leg side but it moves away to take the outside edge. Two to backward point
length ball around off, straightening off the seam to almost square Chandimal up. Defended well in the end
length outside off and coming back in a bit off the seam, a good leave
fuller around off, pushes it towards extra cover
too full outside off, punched back towards Raza
Over the wicket
pitched up outside off, lunges forward and pushes it towards covers
fuller on the stumps, punched towards short midwicket
length ball on the stumps, goes back and flicks it towards backward square leg
a full toss outside off, Mendis comes out of his crease and just punches it through extra cover
fuller outside off, drives it towards mid-off
Around the wicket
goes for the yorker but once again ends up bowling it full, flicked towards the right of mid-on
pitched up on the stumps, Mendis punches it towards midwicket for a couple
|Harare Sports Club|
|Toss||Zimbabwe, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||Sri Lanka won the 2-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2383|
|Match days||27,28,29,30,31 January 2020 - day (5-day match)|