Zimbabwe Cricket News 2008
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Cricket Series 2008-09Comprehensive Cricket News, Latest Information and Live ball-by-ball Commentary.
Sri Lanka will play 5 ODIs during the Zimbabwe tour starting November 12, 2008.
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Cricket Matches Schedule
- Thu 20, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 1st ODI at Harare
- Sat 22, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 2nd ODI at Harare
- Mon 24, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 3rd ODI at Harare
- Fri 28, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 4th ODI at Harare
- Sun 30, November 2008: Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 5th ODI at Harare
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Cricket Series 2008-09
ZIM v SL, 5th ODI, Harare: Sri Lanka sweeps cricket series (SL 5:0)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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
Canada Cup Four Nation Twenty20
ZIM v CAN, T20 3rd Place Match: Zimbabwe crush Canada in T20 Cup
Set a stiff target of 185, Canada were crushed by Zimbabwe, handing them down a 109-run defeat at the Maple Leaf Cricket Club ground at King City. Only middle-order batsman Abdool Samad resisted the Zimbabwe attack, scoring 29 off 30 balls. Hamilton Masakadza, who set the tone for the match by scoring 79 off 52 balls, was declared the man of the match.
Opener Hamilton Masakadza and Chamu Chibhabha set the tone for their team's highest Twenty20 International score with an efficient second wicket partnership of 89 in 10.1 overs. Zimbabwe was asked to bat first by Canada, whose atrocious fielding and tardiness in the outfield resulted in close to another 30 additional runs for their opponents.
After Chibhabha departed for 40 off 35 balls in the 12th over with the total at 93, Masakadza dominated a third wicket 40-run stand with wicketkeeper/batsman Tatenda Taibu before he was brilliantly stumped down the leg side by Ashif Mulla off medium pacer Abdool Samad in the 16th over for 79 off 52 balls with three sixes and eight boundaries. It was the highest individual total so far and the best score by a Zimbabwean in eight Twenty/20 Internationals.
ZIM v CAN, T20 3rd Place Match: Zimbabwe 184-5 (20.0 overs) beat Canada 75 (19.2 overs) by 109 runs
PAK v ZIM, T20 Match 5: Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets
Pakistan will face Sri Lanka, who edged Canada by 15 runs, in Monday's final. Zimbabwe started brightly and were 62-1 at one stage before losing seven wickets for just 45 runs as they struggled to 107-8.
Shoaib and Salman Butt, who made 33 not out, put on 96 for the second wicket as the Asian giants reached their target with one over to spare.
PAK v ZIM, T20 Match 5: Pakistan 110-3 (19.0 overs) beat Zimbabwe 107-8 (20.0 overs) by 7 wickets
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Canada Cup Four Nation Twenty20 in Toronto 2008-09Comprehensive Cricket News, Latest Information and Live ball-by-ball Commentary.
Pakistan, Canada, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will play four-nation tournament that runs October 10-13, 2008.
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- Friday, October 10: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe.
- Friday, October 10: Canada vs Pakistan.
- Saturday, October 11: Canada vs Zimbabwe.
- Saturday, October 11: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan.
- Sunday, October 12: Pakistan vs Zimbabwe.
- Sunday, October 12: Canada vs Sri Lanka.
- Monday, October 13: Third-place playoff.
- Monday, October 13: Final.