Commentry

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So that's it from us for this game. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. The hosts have come back in the series with a bang and it sets up the contest really well. The third ODI will be played in Hambantota on July 6, 2017 at 0945 local (0415 GMT). We look forward to your company for it. Until then, it's goodbye and take care!

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Sri Lanka skipper, Angelo Mathews does not call it a clinical performance as they did drop catches. He though lauds the energy and intensity of the team. Adds that they just needed to regroup and get better. Does not want to talk about the strategies in public. Feels that Sandakan bowled really well and credits the selectors for picking Hasaranga. Mentions that chasing a small target, if you lose two early wickets it can get tricky. Confesses that he can't thank Tharanga enough as the southpaw has been playing up and down the order to accommodate people. Ends up calling him the ultimate team player.

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Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer admits that the wicket was different and 230 would have been a good score. Rues that they did not get it right with the bat. Credits the Lankan bowlers for bowling well. Adds that they will look to not repeat the soft dismissals ahead and adjust to the conditions better.

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Man of the Match, Lakshan Sandakan is happy with his performance. Credits his captain for giving him confidence. Mentions that the ploy was to bowl slow and is content with the fact that they executed the plans well. He mentions that Hasaranga bowled well and congratulates him for having a dream debut.

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The game was set up in the first half itself. After electing to bowl, Lakshan Sandakan first broke the back of the visitors' batting line-up taking 4/52 before Wanidu Hasaranga ran through the tail becoming the first leg spinner to take a hat-trick in ODIs on debut. Nothing worked for Zimbabwe with both bat and ball. They will aim to forget this fixture and put in a better show in the third ODI.

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That's as clinical as a win can get. Sri Lanka have romped to victory and leveled the series 1-1. Upul Tharanga ensured that there were no hiccups in the chase of 156 as he finished with an unbeaten 75. Zimbabwe never had enough on the board to trouble the hosts. They did take two wickets early via Tendai Chatara but that was it. Niroshan Dickwella then combined with Tharanga and the home side was steadied with a 67-run stand while Angelo Mathews provided the finishing touches.

30.1
4

Graeme Cremer to Upul Tharanga

FOUR! All over! Full toss around leg, Tharanga reaches out and clips it past the mid on fielder for a boundary to seal the victory. SRI LANKA WIN BY 7 WICKETS!

29.6
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Ryan Burl to Upul Tharanga

Fuller outside off, driven through mid off for a single. 2 more runs needed.

29.5
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Ryan Burl to Angelo Mathews

Full toss outside off, whipped through mid on for a run.

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Ryan Burl to Angelo Mathews

Leading edge! Floats it around off, Angelo looks to turn it through the leg side but gets a leading edge towards covers.

29.3
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Ryan Burl to Upul Tharanga

Too full around off, turned through mid on for another single.

29.2
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Ryan Burl to Angelo Mathews

Full toss again, Mathews mishits it towards long on for a run.

29.1
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Ryan Burl to Upul Tharanga

Full toss on the pads, Tharanga clips it through mid on for a single.

28.6
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Graeme Cremer to Upul Tharanga

Fuller on middle, turned through mid on for a run. 10 runs from the over. Sri Lanka need only 7 more runs to win.

28.5
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Graeme Cremer to Upul Tharanga

FOUR! Fine shot! Cremer bowls it outside off, Tharanga gets across and sweeps it over the backward square leg fielder for a boundary.

28.4
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Graeme Cremer to Upul Tharanga

FOUR! Lovely use of the wrists! Fuller on the pads, Tharanga just flicks it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary.

28.3
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Graeme Cremer to Upul Tharanga

Loops it outside off, Tharanga kneels down to sweep but gets hit on his head off the glove. Replays show it also hit him on the arm.

28.2
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Graeme Cremer to Angelo Mathews

Fuller outside off, driven to long off for a single.

28.1
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Graeme Cremer to Angelo Mathews

Lands it around middle, spins away, Mathews stands tall and defends it.

27.6
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Ryan Burl to Upul Tharanga

FOUR! Glorious! Floats it outside off, Tharanga waits in his crease and drives it through covers for a boundary.

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