SL vs ZIM: Tailenders gave thrilling victory to Sri Lanka

In the second ODI played in Colombo, Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe (SL vs ZIM) by 2 wickets. They took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Playing first, Zimbabwe’s entire team was all out and scored 208 in 44.4 overs. In reply Sri Lanka scored 211/8 in 49 overs. Sri Lanka’s Zenith Liyanage (95 off 127 balls) was chosen as the player of the match.

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Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat first. They lost the wicket of T Kamunhukamwe in the very first over, who could not even open his account. Joylord Gumby played an innings of 30 runs and was out on the score of 61. Captain Craig Erwin scored a half-century and along with Milton Shumba took the score beyond 100. Shumba scored 26 runs and returned to the pavilion in the 25th over with a score of 114. Sikandar Raza could not do anything special and was out after scoring 1 run.

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Erwin played an inning of 82 runs and went on to become the fifth wicket at the score of 182 in the 37th over. Ryan Burl played an innings of 31 runs but as soon as he was out on the score of 190, the remaining batsmen did not last long and the team was all out in the 45th over. Mahish Teekshana took maximum four wickets for Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka had a poor start

Sri Lanka also had a poor start while chasing the target in this SL vs ZIM match. Opener Avishka Fernando was out after scoring 4 runs in the very first over. Sadira Samarawickrama also scored 4 runs and remained at the score of 16 in the third over. Sri Lanka scored 49/2 in 13 overs, when the play stopped for some time due to rain but then started without any reduction in overs. Captain Kusal Mendis got a lease of life in the 14th over but he could not take much advantage of it and was out at the score of 51 after scoring 17 runs.

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Charith Asalanka, who scored a century in the last match, could not even open his account. Two more wickets fell, taking the score to 112/6. From here, Zenith Liyanage took the lead and made a partnership of 56 runs with Mahish Teekshana for the seventh wicket, taking the score beyond 150. Teekshana played an inning of 18 runs. At the same time, Liyanage missed the century and was out at the score of 172 after scoring 95 runs. It seemed that Zimbabwe would register victory but Jeffrey Wandersay (19*) and Dushmantha Chameera (18*) made an unbeaten partnership of 39 runs for the ninth wicket and took their team to the target with one over to spare. Richard Ngarwa took five wickets for Zimbabwe.

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