Zimbabwe experienced an immense loss in the last ODI against Sri Lanka to surrender the series in Pallekele on Friday (January 21). Having posted 296 and 302 in the initial two ODIs, Zimbabwe disintegrated in the last game in a run pursue of 255 to get bowled out for only 70.
Zimbabwe would have upheld themselves to take care of business once they limited Sri Lanka to 254/9 in the decider. Notwithstanding, the guests were shaken early this time as they lost Regis Chakabva in the third over of the pursuit. Craig Ervine, centurion in the past game, was out first ball as he edged behind. 3/2 immediately became 20/3 when Sean Williams lost his stumps to Maheesh Theekshana. Jeffrey Vandersay, who had effectively grieved Zimbabwe before in the series, got into the demonstration by disposing of Takudzwanashe Kaitano.
The guests’ last expectation Sikandar Raza was the close to withdraw as their best player of twist hit one gently to short cover. At 31/5, the pursuit was basically done and tidied. The lower request just delayed the inescapable for some time before at last collapsing for 70 in the 25th over as Zimbabwe yielded a series that seemed, by all accounts, to be available for whoever gets there first at a certain point.
Prior in the day, the Sri Lankan openers gave the side an awesome beginning by placing on 80. The Zimbabwean spinners assembled some tension and figured out how to break the stand. The hosts then, at that point, got a blow promptly when half-centurion Pathum Nissanka followed Kusal Mendis back to the structure. With Dinesh Chandimal and Dasun Shanaka additionally neglecting to have an effect, the onus was on Charith Asalanka to rescue his difficult situation.
Asalanka did precisely that and contributed with an essential 50 years yet his excusal with a little more than nine overs to save finished Sri Lanka’s expectations of placing up a mammoth score on the board. Chamika Karunaratne and Ramesh Mendis made helpful commitments with the bat in the trudge overs to direct Sri Lanka past 250, which was all that could possibly be needed for the island country to frolic home with a success eventually.
Brief scores : Sri Lanka 254/9 in 50 overs (Pathum Nissanka 55, Charith Asalanka 52; Richard Ngarava 2-46, Ryan Burl 1-26) beat Zimbabwe 70 in 24.4 overs (Jeffrey Vandersay 4-10, Dushmantha Chameera 2-20) by 184 runs.