Dickwella, Gunathilaka punish sloppy Zimbabwe
Sri Lankan openers Norishan Dickwella and Danusha Gunathilaka enjoyed a double century opening stand as they set up an eight wicket win against Zimbabwe in Hambantota.
Both scored centuries, the eighth time an opening pair has done so for Sri Lanka and the 35th time all round as they chased down 311 comfortably.
We say comfortably because the Zimbabwean fielding was littered with misfields, dropped catches and odd bowling. So sloppy it was that Chamu Chibhabha, on as a sub fielder dropped Kusal Mendis twice in two balls.
Carl Mumba and Tarisai Musakanda (in for a sick Ryan Burl) will not want to look at themselves in the mirror today after dropping dollies.
And yet at 310/8 Zimbabwe would have felt a good score was on the board, thanks to a powerful 111 off 98 from opener Hamilton Masakadza and super cameo at the end of Sikandar Raza at the end.
Sri Lanka now lead five match the series 2-1.
I thought we had enough runs on the board. We might have slowed down between 30 to 40, but we picked it up after that. It was a good wicket, and the openers did take the game away from us. Didn’t help that we dropped a few chances. Didn’t start well with the ball either. We need to get runs on the board batting first, but 310 was enough, we just need to get better with the field. Our bowling was probably under par as well – Graeme Cremer, Zimbabwe captain.
It was a fantastic effort by the boys. After losing the first game, we had our backs against the ball and we came back well. Hamilton played briliantly, credit to him, but we came back very well to keep them to 310. Danushka and Dickwella batted brilliantly and after they gout out, Upul took us home – Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka Captain.
Quick update: Ryan Burl who was sick from a reaction to fish and hospitalised subsequently has been discharged.