Zimbabwe batsmen flexed muscles to challenged Sri Lanka with the score of 310 for 8. The 98-ball-111 run was a rapid fire from Hamilton Masakadza, which formed the foundation of the hefty score. After batsman Solomon Mire was removed, a partnership of 127 runs in 19 overs came from the opener and third wicket Tarisai Musakanda. It was a break though in score propelling Zimbabwe to 300 plus runs. Sean Williams added an imperative 43 off 47 balls to keep up the middle order intact. The momentum of flow of runs never slacked throughout the inning. Sikandar Raza and Peter Moor plundered 47 runs in the last four overs adding a substantial impetus to the score.
Sri Lanka bowlers were bowling lose giving out expensive economy. Malinga leaked 71 runs in nine overs, the most expensive of the inning. Lakshan Sandakan was milked for 73 runs in 10 overs. The best bowling figures in the inning was only from Asela Gunaratne. He removed 2 wickets for 53 runs. Masakzada plundered 15 fours and a six. He utilized every bowler, especially the seamers, to knock the balls out of boundary line. The way West Indies bat showed their comfy approach towards Sri Lankan bowlers. This could emerge as a blow for the team, after it selected its best attackers to contain West Indies.
After the first inning blitz from West Indies, Sri Lanka’s chase came out even more stronger. The first inning partnership between Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka lasted more than half the inning. Zimbabwe bowlers remained quite sluggish against the opening without any success on wickets front. By 27th over, both the players hauled the chase to 170, steadying the match towards a massive win. Bowler Graeme Cremer was milked for good runs reaching an expensive economy in his first couple of overs. West Indies batsmen did their part in the strongest way; however, their bowlers seem to fail to defend the high score.
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