Super Mire powers Zimbabwe to record win in Sri Lanka
Solomon Mire blasted his way to his first ever century for Zimbabwe as they became the first team to chase down a 300+ score in Sri Lanka in the first of five one day internationals.
Set a massive 317, the Chevrons looked in trouble when they lost Hamilton Masakadza early on and Craig Ervine soon afterwards. It looked the more of the same, the usual when Mire was joined by Sean Williams at the crease.
But the pair put on a 151-run partnership to set up the six wicket win with 14 balls to spare.
Sikandar Raza (67) heaved over a six to win the match for the Chevrons ably assisted by Malcolm Waller’s 40.
Earlier on it did look a bit dicey as Zimbabwe’s bowlers were dispatched one after the other, with only Tendai Chatara (2-49-9) and captain Graeme Cremer (1-57-10) conceding under 6 an over.
All but 2 of Sri Lanka’s batsmen scored at more than 100%.
The selectors and coaches have shown consistency. A lot of cricket behind us has helped us pull off this fantastic win. – Sikandar Raza
Having 315 on the board, I thought it was enough. Our bowling was poor and our fielding was pathetic. It was a good batting effort by them. – Angelo Matthews
Very special! To chase down a score like that to post our first win here was amazing. For our batting to chase the total down, special. Mire is a real asset to the team, not just with the bat but also with the ball. He’s lovely to watch. We just want to take it one game at a time. We can hopefully carry this confidence forward. – Graeme Cremer
SUMMARY: Zimbabwe 322 for 4 (Mire 112, Raza 67*, WIlliams 65, Gunaratne 2-45) beat Sri Lanka 316 for 5 (Mendis 86, Tharanga 79*, Gunathilaka 60, Chatara 2-49) by six wickets