Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Cricket Series 2008-09

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ZIM v SL, 5th ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka sweeps cricket series (SL 5:0)

Sri Lanka rounded out a 5-0 series victory in Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club at Harare Sunday, winning by just 19 runs after struggling to 152 all out having been put into bat.
Zimbabwe, whose spinners had given them a chance on a lifeless pitch at least to try to prevent the whitewash, replied with 133, hardly the stuff of hot batsmanship and indeed they lost their last four wickets for just three runs.
This narrow triumph followed two previous close calls, where Sri Lanka had won by two wickets and then by five runs.
The first two matches in the series had ended quickly for the Sri Lankans as they bundled out the home side for 67 and 124.
ZIM v SL, 5th ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka 152 all out (48.5 overs) beat Zimbabwe 133 all out (44.0 overs) by 19 runs

ZIM v SL, 4th ODI, Harare: Six-wicket Mendis sets up narrow Sri Lanka win (SL 4:0)

Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis captured a career-best 6-29 as the tourists edged Zimbabwe by two wickets to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match one-day series at Harare on Friday.
Mendis helped bowl out Zimbabwe for just 147 in 46.3 overs and they seemed set fair for a comfortable victory, especially after Zimbabwe had slumped to low scores of 124 and 67 all out in earlier matches.
But they endured an anxious afternoon as they just managed to scramble over the line with eight wickets down, making a hard fought 150-8 in 47.3 overs.
The fifth and final match takes place on Sunday.
ZIM v SL, 4th ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka 150 for 8 (47.3 overs) beat Zimbabwe 146 all out (46.3 overs) by 2 wickets

ZIM v SL, 3rd ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka edge Zimbabwe to claim series (SL 3:0)

Sri Lanka clinched their one-day series with Zimbabwe, and remain on course for a sweep of the five-game series, after claiming a narrow five-run win from a rain-affected match in Harare.
The tourists had completed comfortable victories in the opening two matches but were made to sweat for their win on Monday, only securing it from the final ball. The hosts needed six from Muttiah Muralitharan's last ball of the game but Tawanda Mupariwa could not oblige, instead being stumped by Kumar Sangakkara.
Sangakkara had earlier top-scored for the tourists with 57 from 59 balls to help them to a total of 171 for seven from 28 overs. The start of the game had been delayed by three and a half hours due to the weather and when play eventually got under way Sangakkara led the way on a slow wicket to post his first ODI fifty in 10 innings. Mupariwa was the pick of the Zimbabwe bowlers with career-best figures of four for 39.
The Zimbabwean reply got off to a flying start with openers Hamilton Masakadza (77) and Vusi Sibanda (25) putting on 76 for the first wicket. Thilan Thushara removed both batsmen and when Nuwan Kulasekara bowled Tatenda Taibu (31) the hosts needed 21 from the last two overs.
That target looked within their sights when Stuart Matsikenyeri took 10 runs from the first two balls of Ajantha Mendis's penultimate over.
But when Matsikenyeri (19) was trapped leg before by Muralitharan from the first ball of the last over, with 10 runs still needed, the Zimbabweans' hopes looked gone. And so it proved as their lower order could only contribute a further four runs to fall just short.
ZIM v SL, 3rd ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka 171 for 7 (28.0 overs) beat Zimbabwe 166 for 7 (28.0 overs) by 5 runs

ZIM v SL, 2nd ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka crush Zimbabwe in second one-dayer (SL 2:0)

Zimbabwe have suffered a humiliating nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka after being bowled out for just 67 in the second one day cricket international in Harare.
The Sri Lankans disdainfully knocked off the required 68 runs to win by nine wickets. Their score, reached just 10 balls after lunch, was 1-71 in 31 sedate and casual overs. Two days after a senior ICC delegation turned up to assess Zimbabwe's suitability for a return to Test cricket the country's batsmen ruined everything by cobbling together the dismal score in a backs-to-the-wall 31 overs.
The shocking loss follows one that was barely better two days ago in the first of the five-match ODI series when Zimbabwe struggled to reach 124. They've now made fewer than 200 runs in two innings while the tourists have required only five completed individual innings.
ZIM v SL, 2nd ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka 68 for 1 (17.4 overs) beat Zimbabwe 67 all out (31.0 overs) by 9 wickets

ZIM v SL, 1st ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by six wickets (SL 1:0)

Off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan sparked a Zimbabwe collapse as Sri Lanka won their first one-day international by six wickets in Harare on Thursday.
Zimbabwe, sent in to bat, had reached a respectable 124 for three after 27 overs before Muralitharan claimed three wickets in a single over.
Fellow spinner Ajantha Mendis then took two in the following over and Zimbabwe collapsed in a heap, losing their last seven wickets for three runs in 3.5 overs. Muralitharan took four for 14 in four overs and Mendis three for 26 in six.
Sri Lanka needed 33.2 overs to chase down their target of 128, with Mahela Udawatte and Kumar Sangakarra combining in a second-wicket stand of 56.
ZIM v SL, 1st ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka 130 for 4 (33.2 overs) beat Zimbabwe 127 all out (31.0 overs) by 6 wickets

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.