Zimbabwe Allrounder Sikandar Raza scored unbeaten 81 and then picked up two wickets in 12-runs win over Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe: 290/6 (Sikandar Raja 81 *, Masakadza 73, Taylor 38, Solomon Mera 34; Gunaratne 37/3, Thesara 43/2)
Sri Lanka: 278/10 (48.1 overs) (Kusal Perera 80, Thesera Perera 64, Matthews 42, Chandimal 34; Tandai Chatara 33/4, Jarvis 56/2, Kreemar 62/2)
Result: Zimbabwe win by 12 runs
Sikandar Raza, Man of the match: I did a lot of wrong to be honest (when told he could do no wrong). Started the bowling poorly.
I think the comeback showed a lot of character especially against the way Thisara batted; if he carried on for another two overs, he could’ve finished off the game.
We never gave up though, and we did get his wicket in the end. The wicket was tacky in the morning but flattened out. The partnership with Brendan and a few others helped put an above-par total on the board.
Every catch is a pressure catch and we showed a lot of character. We never thought the game was out of our hands. We knew one wicket would bring another and we believed we could win.
Cremer, Zimbabwe captain: Couldn’t have hoped for anything better with the bat. Hamilton (Masakadza) started off well. Sikanadar came to the party with the bat and ball as well.
Shows the character of the team to come back from a loss and win a big game like this. We thought 260 would be a par score. But we got away in the end with 290.
We still had to bowl well because we know the SL batsmen are quality players. Chatara and Muazarabani struggled last game and came back well today. We play SL again after this, and we’ll take it one game at a time from hereon.
Angelo Mathews, Sri Lanka captain: We were scrappy from the outset and gave too many runs in the first ten overs. They capitalised with wickets in hand in the last ten overs.
We had wickets in hand, and the run-rate was good. But we lost wickets regularly and that set us back. Thisara was fantastic with bat and ball. Kusal was fantastic too but the others failed to support them to finish it off.
Asela was great and so were the Pereras, so there are a few positives we can take from this encounter and try to perform better in the next one against Bangladesh.