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  • 6:43 PM IST

    Live: SL 155/2 in 24.3 Overs | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 78, Kushal Mendis 12: Sri Lanka have successfully hunt down the total and won the contest by eight wickets. Kusal Mendis scored the winning runs as Sri Lanka register another emphatic win. Dhanjaya de Silva remained unbeaten on 78 while Mendis scored an unconquered 12. Tinashe Panyangara and Chamu Chibhabha picked one wicket each as they didn’t have enough runs on the board to defend.

  • 6:40 PM IST

    Live: SL 152/2 in 24 Overs | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 77, Kushal Mendis 10: Just before anothe scintillating victory, Sri Lanka have lost another wicket in the form of Niroshan Duckwella. Dhanjaya de Silva is playing a memorable innings out there and has also recorded his finest performance in ODI cricket. Mendis picks a short ball from Cremer and smashes it for a six.

  • 6:30 PM IST

    Live: SL 140/1 in 22 Overs | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 75, Niroshan Dickwella 41: Sri Lanka are cruising to a big win and Zimbabwe bowlers have not done enough to make a match out of it.De Silva and Dickwella look to ensure that they finish off the match and do not let it to anyone else in the team.

  • 6:16 PM IST

    Live: SL 111/1 in 18 Overs | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 61, Niroshan Dickwella 26: Niroshan Dickwella scoring at a brisk rate while De Silva has been magnificent at the other end. A victory is just around the corner for Sri Lanka while Zimbabwe are still searching for wickets. Graeme Cremer is into the attack with Sri Lanka needing 44 more runs to win. Hosts need some kind of miracle to turn things at this juncture.

  • 5:57 PM IST

    Live: SL 80/1 in 13 Overs | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 50, Niroshan Dickwella 6: Zimbabwe have drawn the first blood in the form of Kusal Perera but Sri Lanka continue to pile runs. Chamu Chibhabha played a pull shot straight towards Sikandar Raza, who did a good job in cupping the catch. Niroshan Dickwell joins De Silva in the middle as the latter gets to his second One-Day International (ODI) fifty. Sri Lanka need 75 more runs to win with nine wickets in hand.

  • 5:42 PM IST

    Live: SL 56/0 in 10 Overs | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 32, Kusal Perera 21: Dhanjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera making a mockery of Zimbabwe’s total as they need less than 100 runs to win and have got the team off to a flying start. Zimbabwe bowlers are running out of options and have no clue whatsoever. They need wickets or else this game will be over in next 10-12 overs.

  • 5:19 PM IST

    Live: SL 27/0 in 5 Overs | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 20, Kusal Perera 5: Sri Lanka have got off to a good start as De Silva and Perera have played cautiously in the first five overs and scored runs at a brisk pace. Zimbabwe need early wickets as they don’t have enough runs on the board to defend. Tinashe Panyangara and Carl Mumba are trying their best but have not tasted any success so far.

  • 4:20 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 154 all out in 41.3 Overs | Batting: Graeme Cremer 31: Zimbabwe have been bolwed out for 154 as Asela Gunaratne ran through their tail with and accounted for three wickets. This is a huge blow for the hosts as Graeme Cremer looked good at the other end as he could have taken Zimbabwe’s total close to 200. Zimbabwe bowlers will have to come out hard and try to defend as Sri Lanka have some explosive batting to come. Sri Lankan bowlers have done a commendable job in scalping wickets at regular intervals. The target doesn’t seem to be very challenging for the visitors and one can expect them to be emerge victorious. It’s time for a break and the action will resume shortly.

  • 4:01 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 136/7 in 38 Overs | Batting: Graeme Cremer 27, Donald Tiripano 19: Zimbabwe battling it out after losing wickets in heap. Skipper Graeme Cremer batting with immense confidence along with Donald Tiripano to help his side in posting a good total and give their bowlers a battling chance. Tiripano is looking good with the bat and will have to continue in this manner for next few overs. With 12 more overs to be played, Zimbabwe will look to play it out and post a decent total. Sri Lanka eyeing for a wicket here and wrap things up at the earliest.

  • 3:37 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 113/7 in 32 Overs | Batting: Graeme Cremer 20, Donald Tiripano 4: Zimbabwe have suffered a huge blow as Peter Moor has been dismissed for 47 after a promising start. He fought well for his 47 and eventually fell prey to Nuwan Kulasekara. Sir Lanka are tightening the screws around Zimbabwe as the hosts now need a massive partnership to guide them somewhere around 200. Graeme Cremer looks good with the bat and his presence will be crucial as they have plenty of overs to be played.

  • 3:14 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 97/6 in 27 Overs | Batting: Elton Chigumbara 16 (26), Peter Moor 40 (49): This has been a good partnership between Peter Moor and Graeme Cremer. They are trying to resurrect their fallen innings. At one point it seemed like the Zimbabwean innings won’t cross the 100 run mark but with these two batsmen at the crease they are playing very responsible cricket off now. Still lot of work needs to be done for the hosts because they will have to put at least a decent total against Sri Lanka because the tourists have a strong batting lineup here!

  • 2:30 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 46/5 in 16 Overs | Batting: Elton Chigumbara 0 (1), Peter Moor 9 (12): It was a good length ball that was angled in on the pads. Chibhabha looks to get his front leg across and flick it away to the leg side. But the ball straightens just a little and strikes the batsman on the pad. Sri Lanka go up in appeal and umpire Shamshuddin raises his finger. Chibhabha goes upstairs to review it, but that always looked close though it was angled in. Replays show that the ball would have hit a fair chunk of the leg

  • 2:06 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 31/4 in 12 Overs | Batting: Chamu Chibhabha11 (32), Peter Moor 1 (2) : 4th wicket gone for Zimbabwe. Sean Williams is gone. Pathirana tosses it up but takes it away from the left-hander. There isn’t much spin on the delivery but Williams backs away to make room as he gives the bowler the charge, taking himself
    further away from the ball. Doesn’t make any contact and the wicketkeeper tidies up and takes the bails off. So Pathirana ends up with a wicket in his first over and the Williams drop doesn’t prove to be costly

  • 1:34 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 14/3 in 5 Overs | Batting: Sean Williams 0 (4), Chamu Chibhabha 6 (10) : One more down for Zimbabwe. Poor shot from Raza, short of good length and swinging into by Nuwan Kulasekara, Raza flicks the ball but has no control over it and plays it uppishly and straight into the hands of short midwicket.

  • 1:28 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 14/2 in 4 Overs | Batting: Sikandar Raza 1 (1), Chamu Chibhabha 6 (10): Gone! Brian Chari departs. Good length and angling in. Chari comes forward and pushes but the ball straightens before moving away late to brush the outside edge. No feet movement from the batsman and a sharp catch from Mendis at the second slip as he dives to his left. And the second wicket has fallen in 2 balls. Craig Ervine is the man this time. Ervine tries to drive the ball through the covers but the ball moves away from him and he fails to read the ball and eventually ends up giving a simple catch to second slip yet once again!

  • 1:16 PM IST

    Live: ZIM 6/0 in 2 Overs | Batting: Brian Chari 4 (7), Chamu Chibhabha 2 (4): Good start fort both teams so far here. Zimbabwean batsmen have looked strong in the first 2 overs. There were few edges past the second slip and into the gully but what has grabbed the attention so far is the amount of swing and pace the wicket is yielding from the first 12 deliveries. So ar so good!

  • 12:50 PM IST

    Zimbabwe XI: Chamu Chibhabha, Brian Chari, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikander Raza, Peter Moor (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer (c), Donald Tiripano, Carl Mumba, Tinashe Panyangara

  • 12:49 PM IST

    Sri Lanka XI: Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (c), Shehan Jayasuriya, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep

  • 12:36 PM IST

    TOSS: Sri Lanka elect to field after winning the toss. Should be a short game this.

  • 12:33 PM IST

    Good morning everyone. This game should not be a tough task for Sri Lanka, who are coming off a 2-0 hammering of the lowly Zimbabwe in the Test series. We have the toss report coming in anytime now.

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Good Afternoon, Goeie Middag, සුභ සන්ධ්යාවක්! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the first One-Day International (ODI) between hosts Zimbabwe and visitors Sri Lanka, of the tri-nation series 2016, at the Harare Sports Club on Monday. I am Rohan Sawant, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from this tie. Zimbabwe are in a low confidence state, following the 0-2 whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka, as they look to make a turnaround in the ODIs, while Sri Lanka would aim to carry forward the winning momentum in the shorter format as well, and look to get off to a winning start. Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, tri-nation series, 1st ODI at Harare

Speaking on the Zimbabwe squad for the tri-series, Graeme Cremer is all set to lead the hosts, while Carl Mumba and Tarisai Musakanda are the couple of new faces, and rookies in the side, who have earned their maiden call up in the Zimbabwean ODI side, while familiar names in the form of Brian Chari, Tinashe Panyangara and Chris Mpofu retain their spot in the side. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) decided to drop a few of top names from the side in the form of Tendai Chatara, Neville Madziva, Timycen Maruma, Wellington Masakadza, Tawanda Mupariwa and Taurai Muzarabani, and would be interesting to see if the decision turns out to be a good or fatal one for Zimbabwe cricket in the tri-nation series.

As for the touring Sri Lankan side, Upul Tharanga has been named the skipper of the side, with regular skipper Angelo Mathews being ruled out of the series due to injury. Rangana Herath led the side in the two-Test series vs Zimbabwe, while Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) decided to go ahead with Tharanga for the ODIs, with Herath retiring from the ODIs in 2015. Kusal Perera is the vice-captain of the side, while the side includes few big names in the form of Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, and many more. ZIM vs SL, Tri-Nation Series 2016, 1st ODI at Harare, Preview and Predictions

With the match being held at Harare, the pitch is likely to be on the even side. Therefore, considering the first ODI at Harare, both the teams are looking to go ahead with a balanced side. As for Zimbabwe, the likes of Brian Chari, Tinashe Panyangara and Chris Mpofu are most likely to feature in the side. Also, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, and many other too are all set to feature in the side, as Zimbabwe undoubtedly aim to field a strong playing XI.

As for Sri Lanka, the likes of Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, and many more are all set to feature in the side, also with the likes of Upul Tharanga (c), Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Pradeep, and many more too set to feature in the side, as Sri Lanka too have a star studded side, and would be fielding the best XI, which indeed would be a head to head clash with the Zimbabweans.

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Brian Chari, Tarisai Musakanda, Carl Mumba, Chris Mpofu, Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Peter Moor (wk), Donald Tiripano, Tinashe Panyangara, Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chisoro, Elton Chigumbura.

Sri Lanka: Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Janith Perera (wk), Niroshan Dickwella, Upul Tharanga (c), Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dasun Shanaka, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Lakshan Sandakan, Jeffrey Vandersay.

Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, tri-nation series, 1st ODI at Harare