Sri Lanka wrapped up the Tri-series title
Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, Final
Series: Srilanka and West Indies in Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts
Zimbabwe: 160 (36.3 Ovs)
Sri Lanka:166/4 (37.3 Ovs)
MOM & MOS: Kusal Mendis
Sri Lanka capped a productive month of cricket in Zimbabwe with the aid of lifting the triangular series trophy on Sunday, beating the hosts by six wickets in the final match.
Having comfortably beaten Zimbabwe in each tests in Harare at the begin of November, Sri Lanka delivered one more trophy to their haul as 1/2-centuries from captain Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis saw them chase a target of 161 with more than 12 overs to spare.
Although regular skipper Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal missed the complete tour as a result of injury, Sri Lanka hardly ever felt their absence as they misplaced just one recreation in the approach of clinching the tri-sequence, which also worried the West Indies.
“Full credit to the guys, every person has achieved a fairly exceptional job over the series,” said Tharanga.
“we’ve determined some new players as good who’ve put their palms up and carried out well.”
Zimbabwe pulled off a lovely comeback to beat the West Indies of their last round robin sport and entered in to the final, however might not repeat the feat when their batsmen failed again on Sunday.
A reshuffle saw openers Brian Chari and Chamu Chibhabha both left out, with Peter Moor promoted to the highest of the innings and Tarisai Musakanda given an international debut.
But on a drizzly morning, they still lost their openers throughout the first 5 overs to slide to 19 for two.
Musakanda and Craig Ervine have been in a position to revive the innings with a 53-run stand for the 3rd wicket, only for Jeffrey Vandersay to finish the resistance as he Ervine caught and bowled for 25, then had the debutant caught at slip for 36.
With Sachith Pathirana brushing aside Sikandar Raza Butt and Malcolm Waller within the space of three overs, and Vandersay caring for captain Graeme Cremer to record figures of 3 for 50, Zimbabwe slid to 133 for seven.
Zimbabwe had recovered from 89 for seven to publish 218 for eight in opposition to the West Indies, but there used to be no such fightback on Sunday as Asela Gunaratne grabbed the final three wickets within the space of just 4 deliveries to end the innings inside 37 overs.
With a reputedly easy goal in front of them, Sri Lanka’s top order have been too hasty to knock it off and let Zimbabwe again into the match as a consequence.
Recalled to the Zimbabwe side for the 1st time due to the fact he was pressured to transform his action, left-arm seamer Brian Vitori disregarded Sri Lanka’s top three to minimize them to forty four for 3 at the lunch interval.
However after the break, Tharanga and Mendis returned with a calmer mindset, and quietly batted Sri lanka into a function of dominance as they brought 75 for the fourth wicket.
“We knew we best had to get one just right partnership going,” said Tharanga. “Mendis batted very well, and from there it acquired less difficult and easier.”
Mendis fell for 57 with Sri Lanka requiring a different 44 runs for victory, but captain Tharanga noticed his part throughout the line to finish unbeaten on 57 and leave Zimbabwe questioning what would had been.
“To get to a ultimate is invariably best, but we were a little bit disappointing at present,” said Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer. “We didn’t suppose our day would end like this.”