Tendai Chatara claimed four wickets to help Zimbabwe edge Sri Lanka by 12 runs in the second game of the triangular One-Day International series at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday (January 17).
Chasing 291 for victory, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 278 in 48.1 overs despite a fighting 37-ball 64 by Thisara Perera. Kusal Perera, the opener, top-scored for Sri Lanka with 80.
“I believe the wicket was lot better today than it was the other day. It had to take a lot of character for us, and I am very pleased to see that.” – Sikandar Raza
“We were a bit scrappy from the very outset. We started off poorly with the ball. In the first 10 overs, we gave them a really good start.” – Angelo Mathews
Hamilton Masakadza and Sikandar Raza set up the win with half-centuries that took the team’s total to 290 for 6 after they were asked to bat first. In Sri Lanka’s reply, Thisara hit five fours and three sixes to wage a solo battle after Sri Lanka had slipped to 181 for 5, but his departure spelt doom for his team.
Chatara, who returned impressive figures of 4 for 33 in 8.1 overs, ran through the Sri Lankan tail, his victims including Thisara. Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, made 42 and Dinesh Chandimal added 34 to show some fight but the Zimbabwe bowlers made regular breakthroughs to keep them in the contest.
Earlier, Masakadza gave Zimbabwe a solid start with a 73-run knock and a first-wicket stand of 75 runs in 13 overs with Solomon Mire before Raza added an unbeaten 81 off 67 balls – his second successive ODI half-century.
Raza, who hit eight fours and a six during his innings, also took one wicket after opening the attack with his offspin for Zimbabwe, that of the dangerous Kusal, whose 83-ball innings included eight fours and two sixes, and was later named Man of the Match.
Graeme Cremer, the Zimbabwe captain, and Kyle Jarvis took two wickets each to contribute to Zimbabwe’s comeback win after losing the tournament opener to Bangladesh.
It was Zimbabwe’s fourth win over Sri Lanka in their last six matches. Sri Lanka now face Bangladesh in the third ODI at the same venue on Friday.