The fable complete Zimbabwe were seeking after didn't come to pass as the hosts disintegrated under weight before their supporters in Bulawayo on Sunday (November 27) against Sri Lanka to lose the tri-arrangement last by six wickets. Sri Lanka secured the title with an inside and out execution that was at first set up by their bowlers as they rocked the bowling alley out the hosts for only 160.
Pursuing 161 for triumph, half-hundreds of years from Kusal Mendis and captain Upul Tharanga helped the island country seal an agreeable win with 75 balls to save after an underlying hiccup before the meal break. Mendis was named the player of the match and the arrangement too.
In the wake of achieving the last in sensational design in front of West Indies, Zimbabwe prepared themselves for a harder test against Sri Lanka, against whom they had officially lost once in the competition with the second amusement getting washed out. There was a rain risk on top of things with the hurl getting deferred by 15 minutes. Mellow gives made sporadic appearances amid the main innings however didn't largy affect the diversion.
Captain Graeme Cremer selected to bat first on a decent surface in spite of the rain being conjecture. Zimbabwe's choice to open with Peter Moor exploded backward as he was expelled for only one ahead of schedule in the innings. Nuwan Kulasekara then disposed of the perilous Hamilton Masakadza with an inswinger that the batsman neglected to peruse in the wake of striking a limit off the backfoot a ball prior.
Craig Ervine and Tarisai Musakanda then resuscitated the innings with a 53-run remain before the spinners smothered the hosts with standard strikes. Jeffrey Vandersay got free off Ervine with the left-hander getting a main edge in his first over. In his second, he rejected the other set batsman, Musakanda for 36. Losing them two in the traverse of 13 conveyances pegged things back again for the hosts and this time they couldn't organize a recuperation.
Sikandar Raza, who scored an unbeaten 76 in the past conflict against West Indies, neglected to have an effect this time as he was caught leg-before-wicket by Sachith Pathirana for five. Sean Williams attempted to include some key runs towards the end with the lower arrange yet Sri Lanka continued pegging them back as Asela Gunaratne figured out how to strike thrice in the traverse of four conveyances crosswise over two overs to bowl the hosts out for 160.
The guests made an awful begin in their pursuit with Brian Vitori making early advances. Vitori, who was making a rebound into the side struck off the second ball amid the pursuit when he caught Dhananjaya de Silva for nothing. The batsman chose to survey it promptly however didn't survive and must be sent back. Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera appeared to be certain in spite of the early misfortune as Sri Lanka hustled to 29 in four overs.
Vitori then smashed Dickwella's stumps and kept on disturbing the batsmen with his development. An outside edge went between the wicketkeeper and first slip. Sri Lanka's approach looked very odd as the kept on playing their shots notwithstanding the early misfortunes. Also, that marked them encourage with Perera miscuing one to be taken by the mid on defender.
They went in for the break dubiously set at 44 for 3 in seven overs and required quiet personalities out in the center to knock off the rest of the keeps running as they had a lot of time. That is precisely the approach captain Tharanga took as he chose to limit the invasion for some time. Mendis, at the other played, two ravishing shots to hit consecutive limits.
Once Vitori had yielded six fours to Mendis alone, Cremer chose to rest him and present turn at both closures. Both Cremer and Williams vexed the batsmen now and again yet were not ready to discover the leap forward. As Sri Lanka moved toward the 100-run check, Tharanga offered an opportunity to the short midwicket defender however Masakadza couldn't clutch the possibility regardless of getting his hand to it. A compass off Cremer towards profound in reverse square leg then raised Mendis' half-century off 65 balls as Sri Lanka totally seized control.
A breathtaking catch at the profound square leg limit by Williams conveyed a conclusion to Mendis' thump yet Tharanga and Gunaratne guided their side past the completing line with no further hiccups. Tharanga was undeterred by his own particular strike rate as he was batting on 26 off 70 conveyances at one phase.
Three consecutive fours off Tendai Chisoro took after by a four and a six off Sikandar Raza helped him enhance his strike definitely as he completed unbeaten on 57 at last.