In what is to be a preview of the final on the 9th of June, Zimbabwe take on Sri Lanka in the 5th ODI of the Tri-series between India, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and will be played in Harare on 7th June 2010. After Zim’s record breaking second win against India on Thursday, Zimbabwe will go into this match with much confidence, but must play much petter than when these two teams last met where Sri Lanka easily beat Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe will be looking to continue their winning momentum against what is probably the best team in the tournament and in fact Zimbabwe last beat Sri Lanka in an ODI way back in April 2003, in Sharjah. But Zim can take many positives into the game as well as belief from their batting and especially their performance against India on Thursday. In all five games so far, the team chasing has won and so we can either hope that Elton Chigumbura wins the battle of the toss or if not, use this game as a chance for the team batting first to get sufficient practice in case they are put in again in the final.
Look out for Charles Coventry, who Since his record-breaking unbeaten 194 against Bangladesh last year, has scored just one fifty and needs to show some more consistency in the middle order and prove that his knock was no fluke. His 32 was important in Zimbabwe’s win against India in the first match, but in the next two games, he scored just 11 and 20.
Squad: Elton Chigumbura (Captain), AM Blignaut, CJ Chibhabha, CK Coventry, AG Cremer, CR Ervine, GA Lamb, H Masakadza, CB Mpofu, RW Price, EC Rainsford, V Sibanda, T Taibu†, BRM Taylor, P Utseya
After beating India on Saturday and easily beating Zim when the two teams last met, Sri Lanka will not be short on confidence and must enter the game as clear favourites, however Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said after Saturday’s game that they will look to experiment before the final and try out some of the players in the bench wich could weaken the team for this game.
Squad: TM Dilshan (Captain), AD Mathews, LD Chandimal†, CRD Fernando, S Randiv, CK Kapugedera, KMDN Kulasekara, BAW Mendis, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, TT Samaraweera, LPC Silva, WU Tharanga, HDRL Thirimanne, T Thushara
Date and Time of the game
The match kicks off on the 7th June at 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT), or 8:00 British Summer Time. In Sri Lanka and India, the match starts at 12:30.
Hours of play (local time): 09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30, Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
3:52pm (Zim Time) That’s it, Zimbabwe now beat Sri Lanka by 8 wickets – fantastically well played by the whole team, especially Brendan Taylor, with some great backup from Tatenda Taibu and Chamu Chibhabha. Zimbabwe’s bowlers must also take credit to bowl Sri Lanka all out restricting them to 236.
3:52pm (Zim Time) A century for Brendan Taylor: 100 not out, that’s his second century in one day cricket. Zimbabwe 210/2. Zimbabwe require another 27 runs with 8 wickets and 35 balls remaining.
3:07pm (Zim Time) Wicket: Zimbabwe 148/2 (31.4 ov) – Chamu Chibhabha lbw bowled Dilshan 58 (81b 4×4 1×6) SR: 71.60. Zimbabwe require another 89 runs with 8 wickets and 18.2 overs remaining. Required Run Rate 4.85
2:22pm (Zim Time) Zimbabwe going strong: 84/1 (16.4 ov). Zimbabwe require another 153 runs with 9 wickets and 33.1 overs remaining.
1:24pm (Zim Time) Zimbabwe loose their first wicket: Zimbabwe 14/1 (4.2 ov) H Masakadza caught †Chandimal b Thushara 3 (15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00. Zimbabwe require another 223 runs with 9 wickets and 45.4 overs remaining
12:16pm (Zim Time) Wicket Sri Lanka all out for 236 (47.5 ov) – not many teams bowl Sri Lanka out within their 50 overs, so great stuff Zim. Can they chase it down?
12:14pm (Zim Time) Wicket, great catch! Sri Lanka 235/8 (47.2 ov) T Thushara c Brendan Taylor bowled Ray Price 7 (8b 0x4 1×6) SR: 87.50
11:59am (Zim Time) Wicket, another one, two in one over! HDRL Thirimanne c Taylor b Mpofu 15 (21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42 – great over from Chris Mpofu, 2 wickets and only 2 runs.
11:55am (Zim Time) Wicket, clean bowled: Sri Lanka 118/7 (44.2 ov) – NLTC Perera bowled Chris Mpofu 8 (16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00
11:37am (Zim Time) Wicket, falling like flies at the moment: Sri Lanka 199/6 (39.4 ov) – TT Samaraweera run out 16 (31b 1×4 0x6) SR: 51.61
11:27am (Zim Time) Wicket: Sri Lanka 192/5 (37.5 ov) – BMAJ Mendis caught Brendan Taylor bowled Graeme Cremer 7 (8b 1×4 0x6) SR: 87.50
11:15am (Zim Time) Wicket: Sri Lanka 181/4 (35.3 ov) – WU Tharanga caught Charles Coventry bowled Graeme Cremer for 69 (84m 97b 5×4 0x6) SR: 71.13
10:50am (Zim Time) Wicket: Sri Lanka 155/3 (29.3 ov) – newly married, Hamilton Masakadza is the bowler as CK Kapugedera is caught for 12
10:34am (Zim Time) Wicket: Sri Lanka 134/2 – Dinesh Chandimal c Masakadza b Utseya 6 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.15
10:22am (Zim Time) Zim take their first wicket Sri Lanka 122/1 – TM Dilshan st Tatenda Taibu b Prosper Utseya 78 (66b 9×4 2×6) SR: 118.18
10:14am (Zim Time) Sri Lanka going well: 104/0 (18.0 ov) – Tillakaratne Dilshan 63, Upul Tharanga 39
Toss Zimbabwe won the toss and chose to field.
Pitch Report: Allan Donald thinks it looks a beautiful wicket and there shouldn’t be much moisture in it. The ball might stop a touch on the batsmen in the early part of the game.
Zimbabwe Cricket Books
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There is also the Autobiography of another great Zimbabwean cricket coach Duncan Fletcher “Behind the Shades”
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Zimbabwe Cricket on Amazon.co.uk