Zimbabwe Development lose four-dayer to Sri Lanka side
Zimbabwe had hope of victory with Mumba the potential matchwinner, but he had already bowled for more than an hour without a break.
Sri Lanka’s hundred came in the 25th over. Sandun Weerakkody was in fine form and Zimbabwe urgently needed to remove him, but Mumba was rested for Nyauchi.
Weerakkody laid into the left-arm spin of Wellington Masakadza, hitting him for 18 runs in two overs, and the Sri Lankans were now closing in on victory.
However, Weerakkody went for a big leg-side swish off Nyauchi and was caught at the wicket on 35 off 39 balls.
The score at lunch was 145 for five, with Fernando on 38 and Rumesh Buddika two.
Fernando pulled the first ball after lunch from Nyauchi for four as Sri Lankan went for victory.
Fernando is clearly better than the average night watchman and reached his fifty off 64 balls. He was dropped by wicketkeeper Nyasha Mayavo off the bowling of Nyauchi immediately after scoring his half century with the visitors on 165.
The batsmen proceeded with no further problems and sealed victory when Fernando swung a ball from Dylan Hondo over the legside boundary for six.
Mumba, who bowled superbly throughout the match to take eight wickets, finished with two wickets for 54 runs in this innings and Jongwe two for 25.
The vital factor in this match was the failure of most Zimbabwean batsmen in the second innings. – ZimCricket