Commentry

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So that's it from us for this game. Zimbabwe have leveled the ODI series and made the contest exciting for everyone. Sri Lanka on the other hand will want to brush this defeat aside and come back stronger when they take on the visitors for the series decider in Hambantota on the 10th of July at 0945 local (0415 GMT). Hope you liked our coverage of this match. Goodbye, take care and cheers!

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Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer says that they were ahead when the rain was coming. Applauds his batsmen for batting really well. Mentions that they believe they can chase down the total so they are not under any pressure for the decider. Ends by saying that they pulled it back in the last 10 overs with the ball.

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Sri Lanka skipper, Angelo Mathews says that it was disappointing as not many times a team scoring 300 ends up on the losing side. Credits Zimbabwe for how they batted but feels that their bowlers didn't hit the right areas. Praises Dickwella and Gunathilaka's knocks, which set up the platform for them. Adds that the pitch slowed down a touch later on. Ends by saying that they should step up their game for the series decider.

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Man of the Match, Craig Ervine says that it wasn't too bad to come back after the break as they had the target in their mind. Reckons that they will look to perform their best and make it count in the decider.

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After the break, the visitors had a target of 219 (DLS method) in 31 overs set in front of them. They were off to a shaky start as they lost Williams and Raza. However, amongst all this, Ervine kept his cool, scored an unbeaten half century and took his side across the finish line. Apart from Hasaranga, all the other bowlers didn't look much threatening. Malinga and Gunaratne were slightly better in terms of economy while Sandakan and debutant Fernando had a day to forget.

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ZIMBABWE HAVE LEVELED THE SERIES 2-2! This pushes the series into the decider now. After not getting off to a good start, the visitors did well to restrict Sri Lanka to 300. Their openers then got off to a flier and kept the required run rate in check. However, both of them got out in quick succession which pegged them back. However, Musakanda and Ervine then added 46 runs to steady the ship. The former then lost his wicket and at the wrong time as rain halted play soon after that.

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Lakshan Sandakan to Craig Ervine

FOUR! Ervine finishes off in style! Fuller outside off, Ervine goes for the reverse sweep. Gets it through the short third man region for a boundary. ZIMBABWE WIN BY 4 WICKETS AND 10 BALLS TO SPARE (DLS METHOD)!

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Peter Moor walks out in the middle. Just 4 runs are required to win.

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Lakshan Sandakan to Malcolm Waller

OUT! Unnecessary shot! Floats a wrong 'un outside off, Waller goes for a big hit. Gets it off the bottom half of the bat and the ball goes towards deep mid-wicket. Gunathilaka comes running in and takes a safe catch. Waller departs in search of glory. Sandakan gets his first.

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Change of ends for Lakshan Sandakan.

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Danushka Gunathilaka to Malcolm Waller

Punched through covers for a single to keep strike.

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Danushka Gunathilaka to Malcolm Waller

FOUR! Sprayed way down the leg side, Waller goes for the scoop. Reaches out to it, gets his bat to it and the ball races away to the fine leg fence.

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Danushka Gunathilaka to Malcolm Waller

FOUR! Top shot! Short and wide outside off, Waller camps back and smashes it through the cover region for a boundary.

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Danushka Gunathilaka to Malcolm Waller

Waller hoicks it over the mid-wicket fielder for a couple.

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Danushka Gunathilaka to Malcolm Waller

Quicker in line of the pads, Waller goes for the scoop but misses. The ball brushes the pads on it's way to the keeper.

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Danushka Gunathilaka to Craig Ervine

Ervine comes down the track and mistimes his drive towards long on for a single.

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Danushka Gunathilaka replaces Sandakan.

27.6
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Wanidu Hasaranga to Craig Ervine

Again full and outside off, Ervine comes down the track and drives it past the bowler for a single towards long off. 16 needed off 18 balls.

27.5
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Wanidu Hasaranga to Malcolm Waller

Floated outside off, Waller pushes it towards the fielder at cover. the fielder there misfields and the batsmen run a single in the process.

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Wanidu Hasaranga to Craig Ervine

Ervine works it through the square leg region for a single.

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