Chevrons tour of Sri Lanka review: First ODI rained out!


COLOMBO—The first ODI ended in a no-result due to persistent evening rain, preventing a full match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. 

The likely advantage held by Sri Lanka was curtailed by the inclement weather.

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Saved by the weather—The first ODI between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe was called off due to persistent rain

Charith Asalanka's remarkable century and Dilshan Madushanka's double-wicket maiden provided Sri Lanka with an edge against Zimbabwe after 54 overs of play. Unfortunately, persistent evening rain in Colombo resulted in the first ODI concluding without a definitive outcome.

Throughout the afternoon, unpredictable weather threatened, eventually materializing four overs into Zimbabwe's pursuit as they struggled, standing at 12 for 2 when Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and Craig Ervine fell victims to Madushanka's incisive spell. Both batsmen went out without troubling the scorers.

Asalanka's impressive 95-ball 101 not only showcased his exceptional shot-making but also revealed his patience amidst batting collapses, ultimately guiding Sri Lanka to a respectable 273 for 9. 

Before Asalanka's heroics, left-arm seamer Richard Ngarava and Zimbabwe's spinners made their mark, impressing with their skilled performances during the game.

Debutant Tapiwa Mufudza bowled at a magnificent economy rate. He finished his 10 over quota with only thirty seven runs conceded. Bowling with fellow debutant Faraz Akram in the middle overs proved effective as the medium pacer got two wickets. This was an improvement from his earlier spell in the powerplay where the Lankan batsmen were smashing his deliveries to the boundaries with ease. 

In a blow to the Chevrons as the tour goes on, spearhead bowler Richard Ngarava went off injured and was unable to fulfil his overs on the day. His forced withdrawal brought on Burl to the attack and Assalanka cashed in on the wrist spinner hitting him for two maximums as he approached his hundred.

Despite challenging conditions, various Zimbabwean bowlers showcased effective spells, including Sikandar Raza's invaluable influence in controlling the match's middle overs. The second ODI is slated to take place at the same venue on Monday.

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