Zim­babwe De­vel­op­ment lose four-dayer to Sri Lanka side

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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

Carl Mumba

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