Consolation win for Zimbabwe

Published: Sunday, December 19, 1999, 5:30 [IST]
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Zimbabwe earned a consolation victory in the five-match ODI Series against Sri Lanka in Harare on Sunday. The first match of this Series was abandoned due to rain.

Sri Lanka won the second, third and fourth. Today, in the fifth and final game, Zimbabwe, chasing a victory target of 203, got home for the loss of four wickets in 46.2 overs.

Zimbabwe's chances of clinching a win today looked bright when it contained Sri Lanka for 202 in 48.3 overs.

The home team openers Alistair Campbell (36) and Grant Flower (56) gave a flying 94-run start before a collapse set in. Zimbabwe slipped to 111 for three and when it lost skipper Andy Flower too at 128, the match took an interesting stage.

It looked anybody's game. Upul Chandana, Sanath Jayasuriya and Russel Arnold maintained an admirable line and length to keep the next pair of batsmen Murray Goodwin and G.Whittal almost inactive. The pair gathered runs through occasional singles. Considering the fact that the home team was chasing a reachable target, the degree of patience revealed by Goodwin and Whittal suited Zimbabwe.


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