In a closely contested ODI match at R. Premadasa Stadium, Sri Lanka managed to secure a narrow victory against Zimbabwe, chasing a target of 208 runs. Despite the challenging situation, Sri Lanka clinched the win with just two wickets remaining and six balls left.
Zimbabwe, ranked 11th in the ODI world rankings, set a target of 208 runs for Sri Lanka. The Zimbabwean bowler, Richard Ngarawa, played a key role in disrupting the Sri Lankan innings by taking 5 wickets for 32 runs.
Janith Liyanage emerged as the hero for Sri Lanka, scoring a crucial 95 runs in 127 balls, leading the team to victory. However, the match was a rollercoaster ride, with Sri Lanka losing wickets at regular intervals. Dushmantha Chamira and Geoffrey Vandersay contributed with crucial runs in the end, guiding Sri Lanka to a narrow win.
The victory is seen as a relief for Sri Lanka, but concerns have been raised about the team’s overall performance, especially against a lower-ranked opponent like Zimbabwe. The team’s batting lineup faced challenges, and the victory is considered closer to a defeat, emphasizing the need for improvement in future matches.