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  • 7:36 PM IST

    That is it. Sri Lanka have won the Tri-Nation Series final by 6 wickets and their skipper Upul Tharanga also completed his 30th ODI fifty as he remained unbeaten on 57 from 98 deliveries!

  • 7:31 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: SL 155/4 in 37 Overs |Target 161| Batting: Upul Tharanga 47 (95), Asela Gunaratne 16 (25): Formality stuff left for Sri Lanka as they require just 5 runs from 78 balls. Tharanga has taken the lead role here to finish off in style and he has accelerated since the departure of Mendis. Will he get to his half-century here?

  • 7:07 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: SL 125/4 in 29 Overs |Target 161| Batting: Upul Tharanga 24 (64), Asela Gunaratne 8 (8): Kusal Mendis is out. A wicket for Zimbabwe but little late I reckon. Mendis got down to slog sweep a fuller ball from Cremer but topped-edge it. A beauty of a catch by Sean Williams at deep square leg. He went back to adjust himself near the boundary rope and was just 2 steps away from him. He had the sun right in his face but judged the ball well and jumped up a little to get hold of the ball and in all this, he gets 1 step behind. But gathers it cleanly. Umpires went upstairs to check is his foot but it was all okay in the end!

  • 6:25 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: SL 92/3 in 19 Overs |Target 161| Batting: Kusal Mendis 39 (51), Upul Tharanga 17 (33): Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis have soaked in the pressure and have batted their way out of it. Both have put up 50 runs stand for the fourth wicket.

  • 5:58 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: SL 61/3 in 11 Overs |Target 161| Batting: Kusal Mendis 23 (24), Upul Tharanga 5 (12): The innings break seems to have given the Sri Lankan some time to rethink their strategy. They have been watchful so far and Vitori who took 3 wickets gave away 9 runs in his first over after the break. Sri Lankan batsmen have had some close calls but they are surviving all of those!

  • 5:31 PM IST

    Meanwhile, do read the Zimbabwe innings report here

  • 5:12 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: SL 44/3 in 7 Overs |Target 161| Batting: Kusal Mendis 10 (10), Upul Tharanga 1 (2): Sri Lanka have lost 3 wickets and that has put them under serious pressure in this final. They did well with the ball but with the bat they have fumbled and are in a tight spot. They require 117 runs with 3 wickets from 43 overs.
    We will be back in about 25 minutes or so after the innings break is done. Till then even you get refreshed and we will be right back!

  • 4:38 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: SL13/1 in 2 Overs |Target 161| Batting: Niroshan Dickwella6 (8), Kusal Perera 6 (3): Just the start the hosts wanted in the second innings. Brian Vitori bowled a wide ball and then what can be called as the first official delivery of the second innings he removed Dhanajaya de Silva who looked to flick to the leg side but the ball swung back in and rapped him on the pad. He went for the review straight away after the umpires declared him out. Replay shows no bat and the ball would have crashed into middle and leg.

  • 4:14 PM IST

    So Zimbabwe have set a target of 161 for Sri Lanka in the finals of the tri-series and it has been a good bowling effort from the tourists. Do wait to read the innings report.

  • 4:13 PM IST

    No magic from Tendai Chisoro this time in the finals. Off-cutter from Gunaratne that just left him and Chisoro was forward and sticking his bat out and an easy catch by Dickawella. And Gunaratne does the formality of scalping the last wicket of the Zimbabwe innings. Brain Vitori missed a full toss and that was just out.

  • 4:04 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 155/8 in 35 Overs | Batting: Donald Tiripano 10 (17) :Asela Gunaratne gets the important wicket of Sean Williams. Williams gets down and goes across the line against an off-cutter. Gets a leading edge and Dhananjaya de Silva takes a sitter at cover. Is this actually end of Zimbabwe innings.

  • 3:46 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 137/7 in 30 Overs | Batting: Sean Williams 24 (39), Donald Tiripano 3 (2) : Vandersay continues to torment the Zimbabwean batsmen. He has got his 3rd wicket of the match. Tossed up and slower delivery. Graeme Cremer drives but mistimes. I think he wanted to clear the man at extra cover, but fails to do it and Kusal Mendis jumps up to gather the catch

  • 3:20 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 117/6 in 25 Overs | Batting: Sean Williams 13 (27), Craig Ervine 4 (5) : The batting collapse continues for Zimbabwe. Waller played an utter needless shot to get out. Looks to go against the spin of Pathirana, miscued slog as he looks to blast this one over the leg side. gets the leading edge and skies the shot up and up!
    Pathirana is the man who collects the ball easily in his hands and trouble rising for Zimbabwe.

  • 2:58 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 100/5 in 20 Overs | Batting: Sean Williams 7 (10), Malcolm Waller 7 (5): Zimbabwe are tumbling here. A complete batting collapse. Raza tries to sweep against Pathirana but gets trapped on the pads. umpire declared him out straight away, but Raza went for the review instead. The ball was pitched around leg and it straightened after pitching. There was no bat whatsoever and ball-tracking shows it’s pitching on middle and leg and hitting the leg stump

  • 2:49 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 88/4 in 17 Overs | Batting: Sikandar Raza 5 (10), Sean Williams 3 (4): Vandersay is on fire here. He has sent back Musakanda as well. He has hit him for a beautiful six the previous ball. The bowler gets back at him and bowls a length ball which Musakanda tried to defend by coming forward. But the ball spun away from the batsman and took a healthy edge before nestling into the hands of de Silva at first slip.

  • 2:42 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 79/3 in 17 Overs | Batting: Tarisai Musakanda 30 (35), Sikandar Raza 5 (10): Just the wicket Sri Lanka would have wanted at this stage of the game. Jeffrey Vandersay is brought into attack here and he strikes on his second ball of the over. Slightly short of a length delivery from Vandersay. Ervine flicks but closes the bat face too early and gets a leading edge which lobs straight to the bowler. 53 runs stand for the 3rd wicket broken!

  • 2:35 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 72/2 in 15 Overs | Batting: Tarisai Musakanda 30 (35), Craig Ervine 25 (31): This has been excellent batting by Zimbabwe so far. They did lose 2 early wickets but since then the debutant Musakanda and Ervine have stabilised the innings and are also scoring runs in a flurry. Good signs for Zimbabwe.

  • 2:19 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 45/2 in 11 Overs | Batting: Tarisai Musakanda 17 (21), Craig Ervine 11 (21): 11 overs have been completed and Zimbabwe have played good cricket since then. Spin has been introduced as Sachith Pathirana was introduced in the attack. There were some close calls, but both batsmen have survived

  • 1:54 PM IST

    Rain is definitely playing a cameo here. It started raining and soon strong breeze took away the dark clouds which were hovering over the Queen’s sports club!

  • 1:51 PM IST

  • 1:51 PM IST

    Yes, it is raining again and the covers are on yet once again. This is going to be atogh final for the groundsmen here I guess.

  • 1:50 PM IST

  • 1:48 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 19/2 in 5 Overs | Batting: Tarisai Musakanda 4 (4), Craig Ervine 0 (0): Zimbabwe have lost both their openers now. Hamilton Masakadza is sent back to the dugout by Nuwan Kulasekara. Inswinger from Kulasekara which shaped in after pitching. Masakadza tries to attack and looks to drive the ball but misses to entirely. The umpire had to think a little, but he does raise his finger and gone!

  • 1:40 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 13/1 in 4 Overs | Batting: Hamilton Masakdza 5 (10), Tarisai Musakanda 4 (4): The change in the opening pair did not work for Zimbabwe. Peter Moor is gone and rather a soft dismissal. It was good length ball from Suranga Lakmal which angled in on the pads. Moor tries to flick but fails to keep the ball low and picks out Sachith Pathirana at midwicket.

  • 1:29 PM IST

    Live: ZIMvsSL: ZIM 7/0 in 2 Overs | Batting: Hamilton Masakdza 5 (10), Peter Moor 0 (2): A different opening pair for Zimbabwe in the finals. Masakadza who used to come at No. 3 has opened the innings along with wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Moor who would usually come to bat on No. 5 or No. 6. Not sure how much these batting change will work for the hosts, but a daring move here in the finals.

  • 1:23 PM IST

    Sri Lanka : Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (c), Dasun Shanaka, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal

  • 1:22 PM IST

    Two changes for Sri Lanka – Nuwan Pradeep and Shehan Jayasuriya out, Dasun Shanaka and Jeffrey Vandersay in.

  • 1:21 PM IST

  • 1:20 PM IST

    Zimbabwe : Malcolm Waller, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Peter moor, Graeme Cremer, Donald Tiripano, Brian Vitori, Tendai Chisoro, Tarisai Musakanda

  • 1:17 PM IST

    Even though the players are out in the middle for the national anthem, heavy drizzle has begun. Covers are back on!

09Hello, and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog for the final of the Tri-Nation series final between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka which is to be played at the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. Zimbabwe made a terrific comeback also provided with some luck after they defeated West Indies at the same ground on Friday. It was Zimbabwe’s Tendai Chisoro, who played an all-round role to guide the hosts in the finals. Sri Lanka on the other end defeated West Indies by a run to seal their place in the finals. Full Cricket Scorecard, Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, 7th ODI, Bulawayo

This series has panned out nicely so far and has shown every emotion that is attached with the game of cricket. We saw some nail-biting finishes throughout the series and also some great comebacks and finally the rain which played an important role in deciding the second finalists of the tournament.

The highlight of the series has been the way the hosts’ have sprung back to life. They were initially defeated in the Test series by Sri Lanka, but the way they bounced back in the 50 overs game format. They have shown good character and are worthy to be placed in the finals with the way they have performed in the due course of this series. Sri Lanka under the captaincy of Upul Tharanga had little ups and downs. They started off well but were defeated by West Indies and were on the verge of a second defeat against the same side but managed to escape with one run victory.

The hosts did make a blunder in their last match against West Indies as they lost their top order in no time, but a responsible knock from Sikandar Raza and Chisoro’s aggressive batting in the dying stage of the game took their team to a respectable total which they eventually defended provided with some help from rain.

Zimbabwe will have to be at their best to win the finals as a victory here will wash away all the past bad performances. Sri Lanka will be looking to win this second series here after the victory in Tests.

With all this we can definitely expect a cracker of a final between the two here at Bulawayo.