The Zimbabwe Chevrons defeated Sri Lanka in the 4th one day international (ODI) match played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium today. The win by the Chevrons levelled the series 2-2, leaving the series finely poised for the decider which will be played on Monday. Zimbabwe won the match by 4 wickets after its target was revised using the Duckworth-Lewis method, after a rain delay.
Sri Lanka batted first and looked set to post a huge total after their openers managed to score 208 with no loss of wickets by the 35th over. However, Sri Lanka ended up posting 300/6 in their allotted 50 overs. Zimbabwe’s target was later revised to 219 from 31 overs, which they managed to reach with 10 balls remaining. Craig Ervine top-scored for Zimbabwe with 69 and was named the man of the match.
Captain Graeme Cremer said:
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.