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Zimbabwe cricket team the Chevrons square Sri Lanka series in style

Zimbabwe cricket team the Chevrons square Sri Lanka series in style. The visiting bowlers also held their nerve too as the Chevrons powered to a 22-run win over Sri Lanka in an ODI match. Regis Chakabva provided the innings’ early impetus, Craig Ervine hit 91 and put on 106 with Sean Williams, and Sikandar Raza struck a half-century late in the piece to get Zimbabwe to 302 for 7.

Given this is also part of the next World Cup qualifiers, the Zimbabweans bagged 10 points from the win as they tied the contest at 1-1, with a match to play. In the face of a Dasun Shanaka hundred, which threatened to turn the game after Sri Lanka’s terrible start, Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava bowled exceptional final spells to suck the oxygen out of the hosts’ desperate chase.

Tendai Chatara bowled Kusal Mendis in the fifth over, Muzarabani then had Pathum Nissanka caught behind for 16, before having Dinesh Chandimal out at slip in his next over. Sri Lanka were 31 for 3, then when Charith Asalanka got out, 63 for 4 in the 15th over. Captain Ervine played the defining knock.

He and Williams ensured Zimbabwe’s run rate skipped along at more than 5.5 an over through the course of their big partnership, with Ervine reaching his fifty off the 56th ball he faced. Later, Raza played a vital innings too.

He hit a six off the sixth ball he faced, in the 37th over, and did not let his strike rate dip below fifty for the ma-jority of his innings, getting to his half-century off the 41st ball he faced.

Zimbabwe had rolled up to the 40th over on 232 for 4, and Sri Lanka would perhaps reflect that from that position, they had done well to keep the opposition to 70 runs in the last 10 overs.

But, when Zimbabwe’s quicks made those early strikes, the outlook of the match changed dramatically.  Zimbabwe 302 for 8 (Ervine 91, Raza 56, Vandersay 3-51) beat Sri Lanka 280 for 9 (Shanaka 102, Kamindu 57, Chatara 3-52, Muzarabani 3-56) by 22 runs.

Source – H-Metro

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