Sean Williams enlisted his fifth ODI ton however the century went to no end as Sri Lanka enrolled a five-wicket win in Pallekele on Sunday (January 16) to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. Williams’ 87-ball 100 and Regis Chakabva’s 72 off 81 fueled Zimbabwe to 296/9 after they selected to bat. Sri Lanka’s aggregate batting exertion, drove by Pathum Nissanka’s 75 off 71 and a 129-run fourth-wicket stand including Dinesh Chandimal (75 off 91) and Charith Asalanka (71 off 68) assisted Sri Lanka over the line with eight conveyances to save.
Kusal Mendis and Nissanka hit the lashes immediately in the pursuit, with the previous hitting six fours in the initial seven overs. Be that as it may, the stand finished on 40 as Kusal Mendis was gotten behind off Blessing Muzarabani while playing the cut. Nissanka and Kamindu Mendis were then associated with a valuable organization of 41 however Richard Ngarava sacked the wicket of the No. 3, whose endeavor to play the touch brought about an inside edge on to the stumps. Nissanka kept Sri Lanka on target, raising his fifty off 48 balls, and was upheld well by Dinesh Chandimal as they raised the initial fifty or more remain of the innings.
Zimbabwe additionally lost an audit in the 21st over when Chandimal was rapped on the cushions by an arm ball from Williams, with replays legitimizing the onfield choice of not out as the ball was missing leg stump. Be that as it may, a brief time later Zimbabwe had accomplishment with the survey and got the wicket of Nissanka, who went for a remove Sikandar Raza yet wound up edging it to Chakabva behind the stumps. Sri Lanka actually stayed up to date with the necessary rate because of Chandimal and Asalanka, who played out a couple of calm overs prior to getting pace. Muzarabani and Wesley Madhevere failed on the more limited side and wound up spilling limits while Asalanka additionally utilized the DRS to switch a LBW choice off Ngarava’s bowling.
Sri Lanka did without a limit for near six overs with the asking rate crossing 6.5 when the 40th over was finished. During this time, Chandimal got to his 24th ODI fifty and finished the limit dry season with a slap over point off Tendai Chatara to carry the condition to 66 off the last 10 overs. He likewise descended the track to Williams to hit his initial six while Asalanka struck a four off Muzarabani in the 43rd over off a top edge on the way to a 57-ball 50. Ngarava bowled a torrent of short conveyances and in the end got Chandimal to pull one directly to midwicket. Asalanka took Sri Lanka closer prior to turning into the fifth to leave as Ngarava packed away his third. Be that as it may, the wicket did practically nothing to adjust the course of the pursuit as Dasun Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne owned the hosts in the penultimate over.
Prior, Chakabva was put somewhere around Asalanka at first sneak off Nuwan Pradeep when he had scored just 2 and he made Sri Lanka pay for the miss as he put on a 80-run opening stand with Takudzwanashe Kaitano. Playing his first ODI, the 28-year-old Kaitano was the attacker in the association while Chakabva took as much time as is needed to get moving. The stand, nonetheless, reached a conclusion in the fifteenth over as Kaitano, who was put somewhere around Pathum Nissanka at cover, couldn’t gain by the relief as he neglected to peruse a googly from Jeffrey Vandersay and was caught in front.
Chakabva, in the interim, began finding the fence routinely and got to his fourth ODI fifty, off 49 balls. Kamindu Mendis finished Craig Ervine’s visit by as the Zimbabwe skipper got an inside edge on to the stumps yet the guests gained consistent headway as Chakabva and Williams put on 50 years stand. Williams scored at a strike pace of more than 100 in the third wicket relationship while Chakabva was lively too, setting the stage for the side to wrap up with a decent aggregate. Chakabva’s innings reached a conclusion when attempted to clear a Vandersay conveyance however wound up gloving the ball to the ‘attendant, with Sri Lanka taking the DRS course for the choice to go in support of themselves.
Williams didn’t permit Sri Lanka to acquire energy with the wicket as he got support from Sikandar Raza in a 46-run association to drive Zimbabwe forward. A twofold wicket over from Nuwan Pradeep and Wellington Masakadza’s run out passed on Williams to do the vast majority of the work in the demise overs, and the accomplished left-hander was capable as he targetted debutant Chamika Karunaratne who wound up yielding 16 in the 48th over. The 49th over, which was bowled by Pradeep, yielded just four runs as Williams raised his fifth ODI ton. Be that as it may, he was astonished in the last by Karunaratne, who likewise got the wicket of Blessing Muzarabani. Richard Ngarava polished off with a six and a four as Zimbabwe completed near the 300 imprint, which demonstrated inadequate eventually.
Brief scores : Zimbabwe 296/9 in 50 overs (Sean Williams 100, Regis Chakabva 72, Takudzwanashe Kaitano 42; Chamika Karunaratne 3-69) lost to Sri Lanka 299/5 in 48.4 overs (Pathum Nissanka 5, Dinesh Chandimal 75, Charith Asalanka 71; Richard Ngarava 3-56) by 5 wickets.