Match Over - Zimbabwe won by 4 wickets + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: Sri Lanka, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota
  • Referee: BC Broad
  • When: 08 Jul 2017, 06:15 SAST
  • Winner: Zimbabwe
  • Man of the Match: CR Ervine


  • Umpire1: NJ Llong
  • Umpire2: REJ Martinesz
  • Third Umpire: IJ Gould



Overs: 50.0 / 50.0

Sri Lanka



Overs: 29.2 / 31.0


6.24 pm All of that sets up the series decider magnificently. And we will bring you all the coverage from that game on Monday. Till then, hope you enjoyed ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the fourth ODI from Hambantota. From Sreshth and Shashank, it's goodbye.

6.20 pm It was a long match day but one that ended with a result. We went overtime today, but no one minds that when the cricket is so exciting. Zimbabwe level the series, courtesy their bowling at the death and the start provided by Mire and Masakadza. After that Ervine came to the party and ensured there was no stumbling after the rain break. Sri Lanka will have some homework to do ahead of the series' final game. How they only managed to only set a 301 target - after they were at 208 for no loss after 35 overs - is something the captain and coach will need to ponder over. Sri Lanka's bowling looked bleak too, except for Gunaratne's wily bowling under the cloudy skies. The debutant Fernando leaked runs and so did the young spinner Sandakan, while Malinga looked like a pale shadow of his former self. Between all of that, openers Dickwella and Gunathilaka became the only pair to ever notch up a partnership of 200+ in consecutive matches. But do those stats really matter if a team cannot win?

More reactions. Lungile says: "So good to see the boys on top on their game. This was an outstanding performance. Regardless of what happens in the decider l think there is so much to praise in how the team has gone about their business. Great job Heath, Makhaya and all the off-field team. #weareback !!"

6.05 pm Time for the presentation ceremony. Craig Ervine is the player of the match. "The rain break wasn't too bad. We knew the target. We just needed to execute our plans. Tying the series is exciting. We will come back and try to win that last game."

Losing captain Angelo Mathews: "I thought 300 was enough but credit to Zimbabwe. I moved up to get the momentum after Dickwella and Dhanushka. The wicket slowed up a bit but the shot selection was poor too. It's been an interesting series so far. Zimbabwe have played really well. We need to step up,"

Winning captain Graeme Cremer: "We knew we were ahead of the rate, and that we were in the game during the rain. Our batting was excellent. The pressures of winning a series does not put pressure on us. We can put up scores as well as chase them. Our final ten overs were excellent. Our bowlers really pulled it back.

Akshar Kaul: "As a cricket fan i am delighted at the rise of Zimbabwe cricket but at the same time i am disappointed by the level of cricket played by Sri Lanka."

Attila: "Sri Lanka never quite have luck on their side during these chases in poor light. Whether they're defending or chasing. No credit taken away from Ervine and Co. though. Great batting."

29.2PADLR Sandakan to CR Ervine, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, and that's the winning runs!, he brings out the paddle reverse sweep and plays it fine once again, races away to the boundary and Zimbabwe tie the five-match series 2-2. This series will be decided on the final match-day..
29.1PADLR Sandakan to MN Waller, OUT, No run, full on off stump and he slogs it!. Its a slog but not well timed, he holes out to the deep fielder on the leg side. Good catch given how dark it is. Waller went for the glory shot, there.
End of over 29. 12 runs this over. 215/5 after 174 balls.
MN Waller 20 (12b 3x4 0x6 ) MD Gunathilaka 2-0-16-0
CR Ervine 65 (54b 7x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 28. 7 runs this over. 203/5 after 168 balls.
CR Ervine 64 (53b 7x4 1x6 ) PWH de Silva 6-0-40-3
MN Waller 9 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 27. 17 runs this over. 195/5 after 161 balls.
CR Ervine 58 (48b 7x4 1x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 3-0-40-0
MN Waller 7 (5b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 26. 6 runs this over. 178/5 after 156 balls.
MN Waller 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 5-0-33-3
CR Ervine 47 (44b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 25. 12 runs this over. 172/4 after 150 balls.
Sikandar Raza 10 (8b 1x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 7-0-41-1
CR Ervine 47 (44b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 24. 8 runs this over. 160/4 after 144 balls.
Sikandar Raza 9 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) PVD Chameera 5-0-32-1
CR Ervine 36 (39b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 23. 8 runs this over. 152/4 after 138 balls.
Sikandar Raza 2 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 6-0-29-1
CR Ervine 35 (38b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 22. 5 runs this over. 144/3 after 132 balls.
CR Ervine 29 (35b 3x4 0x6 ) PVD Chameera 4-0-24-1
SC Williams 6 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) more

slip moves away to point

End of over 21. 4 runs this over. 139/3 after 126 balls.
SC Williams 6 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) MD Gunathilaka 1-0-4-0
CR Ervine 24 (29b 2x4 0x6 ) more

5.10 pm We have some news. Play will restart at 5.20 pm. The game has been reduced to 31 overs. The revised target will be 219. Therefore, the equation for Zimbabwe now reads: 80 runs needed off 60 balls with seven wickets in hand. One bowler can bowl a maximum of seven overs. And the final Powerplay will be mandatory between overs 25 and 31.

Nothing official yet, but Gunaratne and Malinga are warming up near the boundary. The skies have cleared up. Fifty shades of Blue.

5.04 pm Zimbabwe captain Cremer and coach Heath Streak now chat with the two umpires outside the visitors' dressing room. Wish we had a microphone hidden nearby. All I can tell you is, the umpires walked away in the direction opposite to Zimbabwe's dressing room after that conversation. All four men have incredible poker faces.

4.58 pm The umpires are walking to the middle. They're observing the wet patches in the outfield. Umpire Llong is giving directions as to which parts of the field need careful drying. Those thick ropes are at work too. The longer we wait, the brighter the skies are getting. Not 'sunny' bright, just regular 'less gloomy' bright. Sri Lanka's interim coach Nic Pothas is having a chat with both umpires in the middle right now. Angelo Mathews and some of the other players are in the middle, having a chat with Pothas. Dickwella has his pads and wicketkeeping gloves on.

Ganesh: "So, if game starts in another 10 minutes, they'll have about only 30 minutes before the scheduled end of the play. Is that right ?"-- no Ganesh. Play can continue for one hour longer than the scheduled end of play.

4.54 pm More covers coming off. Less than 20% of the ground under covers now. The areas near the boundary are wet, though. Super sopper is hard at work.

4.47 pm News in! Rain has stopped at Hambantota and an inspection is scheduled for 5 pm. The covers from the infield and the pitch have been removed. The outfield is still under covers. The fans at the stadium are still very noisy. Good signs for cricket. The skies are dark, but not '2007 World Cup finals' level dark. If play can happen, I'm sure it will.

Some more thoughts on the last few overs before play was stopped. Sumit, once again: "Why is everyone criticising mathews. He brought his most reliable,experienced bowler in search of a wicket when he realized rain is about to fall."

4.40 pm some sources on the internet suggest that rain at Hambantota has reduced. Fair warning, these are unconfirmed. I assure you as soon as we have any news or update, you guys will be the first to know. I'm as impatient as all of you, too! This game is poised on a knife's edge.

Sunny: "@Rajput They've definitely gotten better. That match against Pakistan was proof. Our fielding let us down, otherwise there was a very good chance we could have won, despite the poor batting. This doesn't set a good example, because it looks like the captain doesn't believe in the bowlers, which will only make them feel worse. You have to play to win, not play to not lose. Terrible example Mathews is setting."

Sumit sangwan: "Who is to blame here for not allowing floodlights SL cricket board or ZIM board or both?And I am surprised why don't they allow them if it is available." -- No one, I suppose. It had been agreed upon for a number of reasons. While I feel one of them could be to save costs (which is why every match in the series is a day game), the other reason is because Galle - where the first two ODIs were played - does not have any floodlights.

Rajput tries to make some sense of SL's tactics: "@hardik, obviously he had his eye on DLS but clearly our bowlers aren't that good. It's extremely rare that SL bowlers get a wicket with a good ball these days"

Raja Bilal: "Hey Sreshth, Whats will be the scenario it the play doesn't start in next 20-40 minutes? " -- I suspect we'll begin to lose overs. And if play restarts, then the target and overs will be readjusted.

4.21 pm The game is poised beautifully at the moment but unfortunately we still have nothing new to add right now. That means it hasn't stopped raining yet.

Hardik's reply to Maria: "@Maria This just shows poor captaincy and team management. If Mathews had his eye on the D/L par score, he would see the rain coming and go for a wicket. Careless and disinterested cricket. "

Maria kumar: "The Srilankan Bowlers took a Marathon time to bowl those final 2 overs. I think instead of buying time they should had tried to get another wicket since the batsman are nervous which might fetch them a wicket." -- you took the words right out of my mouth, Maria. The Zimbabwe batsmen were looking very nervous while facing the last two-three overs.

4.02 pm If you're just joining us, here's a recap of the record-setting first innings penned by Shashank. Hopefully we have play soon. No, Dinesh, no more news to share right now.

ASIF: "When will we start loosing overs?" -- my friends in the scoring team tell me "atleast not for the next 30-45 minutes." The cutoff time for ODI matches is 60 minutes after regular close of play. But a lot depends on the umpires' comprehension of the playing conditions. The only fact I can give you is this: the game started at 9.45 am and, therefore, scheduled end of play is 5.30 pm.

3.44 pm Aaaand, the players are coming off. Big drops now. The ground staff are in action. Zimbabwe are nine runs ahead of the par score of 130 after 21 overs. Umbrellas are being shared by the crowd. We're being informed that the two teams had agreed before the series that no artificial light would be used in this five-match contest for cost-cutting measures. That's why it remains off despite the dark skies. If there's no play, how crucial was that start provided by Mire and Masakadza? Stick around, we'll be relaying more information to you as soon as we get an update.

End of over 20. 3 runs this over. 135/3 after 120 balls.
CR Ervine 23 (27b 2x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 4-1-18-0
SC Williams 3 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 19. 4 runs this over. 132/3 after 114 balls.
SC Williams 2 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 5-0-21-0
CR Ervine 21 (22b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 18. 9 runs this over. 128/2 after 107 balls.
TK Musakanda 30 (22b 5x4 0x6 ) PVD Chameera 3-0-19-0
CR Ervine 19 (19b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 17. 9 runs this over. 118/2 after 100 balls.
TK Musakanda 21 (16b 3x4 0x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 1-0-22-0
CR Ervine 19 (18b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Drinks, even as the clouds close in. Timing not right, but such is cricket's obsession with rules and rigidity

Wind has picked up. Mathews' cap just flew off. Really dark

End of over 16. 1 runs this over. 109/2 after 96 balls.
TK Musakanda 15 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) PVD Chameera 2-0-10-0
CR Ervine 18 (16b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 15. 13 runs this over. 108/2 after 90 balls.
TK Musakanda 15 (10b 2x4 0x6 ) PADLR Sandakan 1-0-13-0
CR Ervine 17 (14b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 14. 7 runs this over. 95/2 after 84 balls.
TK Musakanda 9 (7b 1x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 4-0-27-2
CR Ervine 10 (11b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 13. 3 runs this over. 88/2 after 78 balls.
TK Musakanda 7 (6b 1x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 4-0-17-0
CR Ervine 5 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 12. 8 runs this over. 85/2 after 72 balls.
CR Ervine 3 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 3-0-20-2
TK Musakanda 6 (4b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 11. 6 runs this over. 77/1 after 66 balls.
TK Musakanda 5 (3b 1x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 3-0-14-0
SF Mire 43 (27b 5x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 10. 9 runs this over. 71/1 after 60 balls.
TK Musakanda 4 (2b 1x4 0x6 ) PWH de Silva 2-0-16-1
SF Mire 39 (22b 4x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 9. 7 runs this over. 62/0 after 54 balls.
H Masakadza 28 (35b 5x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 2-0-9-0
SF Mire 34 (19b 3x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 8. 7 runs this over. 55/0 after 48 balls.
SF Mire 32 (17b 3x4 2x6 ) PWH de Silva 1-0-7-0
H Masakadza 23 (31b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 7. 2 runs this over. 48/0 after 42 balls.
H Masakadza 18 (27b 3x4 0x6 ) DAS Gunaratne 1-0-2-0
SF Mire 30 (15b 3x4 2x6 ) more

The openers have given Zimbabwe just the start they were looking for. M&M look good together. Sri Lanka's bowling hasn't been terrible, it's just that the batsmen are timing the ball beautifully. Shashank will take over for a while now. Be back soon

End of over 6. 9 runs this over. 46/0 after 36 balls.
H Masakadza 17 (22b 3x4 0x6 ) PVD Chameera 1-0-9-0
SF Mire 29 (14b 3x4 2x6 ) more
End of over 5. 11 runs this over. 37/0 after 30 balls.
SF Mire 29 (14b 3x4 2x6 ) SL Malinga 3-1-15-0
H Masakadza 8 (16b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 4. 14 runs this over. 26/0 after 24 balls.
SF Mire 21 (9b 3x4 1x6 ) AM Fernando 2-0-22-0
H Masakadza 5 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 3. 4 runs this over. 12/0 after 18 balls.
H Masakadza 5 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 2-1-4-0
SF Mire 7 (3b 0x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 2. 8 runs this over. 8/0 after 12 balls.
SF Mire 7 (3b 0x4 1x6 ) AM Fernando 1-0-8-0
H Masakadza 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 1.  A maiden over! 0/0 after 6 balls.
H Masakadza 0 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) SL Malinga 1-1-0-0
SF Mire 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more
H MasakadzaB PWH de Silva28365077.78
SF MireC AD Mathews B PWH de Silva433052143.33
TK MusakandaC N Dickwella B PVD Chameera302350130.43
CR Ervinenot out 695581125.45
SC WilliamsSt. N Dickwella DAS Gunaratne690066.67
Sikandar RazaC PWH de Silva B PWH de Silva101010100
MN WallerC MD Gunathilaka B PADLR Sandakan201330153.85
PJ Moornot out 0000-
AG Cremer -
CB Mpofu -
TL Chatara -
Total 219/6
SL Malinga4.011804.5
AM Fernando2.0022011
PVD Chameera5.003216.4
DAS Gunaratne7.004115.86
PWH de Silva6.004036.67
PADLR Sandakan3.2045113.5
MD Gunathilaka2.001608