Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka abandoned with wet outfield

Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka at Bulawayo was called off with wet outfield despite sun shining and warm conditions.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: November 21, 2016 7:30 pm
Zimbabwe batted first but were stopped in the 14th over with rain (Source: AP)

Zimbabwe started the ODI tri-series involving West Indies and Sri Lanka with a disappointing loss to the Lankans before they brought some sense of pride to get a tie – and a thrilling one – against the West Indies. But the fourth ODI of the series was washed out after Zimbabwe were 55/2 in the 14th over.

The washout has changed things a bit as far as the complexion of this series in concerned. The winner of the next match, between West Indies and Sri Lanka will be through to the final. The situation for Zimbabwe remains the same. They need a win against West Indies to have a chance to make the final. Even if West Indies lose against Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe will have to win and can’t be saved by the net run rate.

The next match, on Wednesday, sees Sri Lanka and West Indies go head to head.


Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20166:43 pm

Play has been called off with a wet outfield in Bulawayo. It looked like that would be the outcome and after Zimbabwe were 55/2 in 13.3 overs, play has been abandoned

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20166:25 pm

Next inspection is at 3 PM local time or in about five minutes. The cut-off time is 3:54 PM . Conditions have improved significantly now

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20165:57 pm

No word still on what is happening to the fourth ODI of this tri-series. The absence of super soopers after overnight rain and the showers now makes things difficult for the groundstaff. Mopping the outfield with brooms at the moment

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20165:31 pm

The sun is shining in Bulawayo but the umpires aren’t convinced of the start. The next inspection in ten minutes

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20165:16 pm

There’s some good news after a long, long break. The rains are gone and the umpires are having a look at the field. The puddle on the north-eastern side of the ground is the biggest problem. No word on resumption or status of the contest though

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20163:50 pm

The rain has returned at Bulawayo after the covers had come off. There’s light rain and the covers have come back on now

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20162:57 pm

The good news: Rain has eased up
The bad news: Massive, massive puddles

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20162:38 pm

The scene from inside the press box in Bulawayo. Doesn’t look good from when the players were taken off the field

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20162:28 pm

And now it is raining in Bulawayo. Alongside thunder. Plenty of dark clouds and it doesn’t look good for cricket today

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20162:25 pm

RAIN DELAY! Few streaks of lightning have forced the players to go off the field. There isn’t heavy rain at the moment but the black clouds hovering above could disrupt play multiple times today. The covers are on, just in case.

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20162:24 pm

Play was delayed just after the toss with the drizzle getting heavier and stopping play. However, once play did start, Zimbabwe lost Chamu Chibhabha in the fifth over and then a terrible mix up saw Brian Chari walk back to the pavilion too. There is Craig Ervine in the middle with Sikandar Raza as Zimbabwe stand at 55/2 after 13 overs

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20162:21 pm

TOSS: Zimbabwe have won the toss and they’ve opted to bat first under cloudy skies and overcast conditions. There’s drizzle in the air and that delays the start to the contest

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20162:20 pm

Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Peter Moor (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer (capt), Donald Tiripano, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chisoro

Sri Lanka: Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (capt), Dasun Shanaka, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay

Tanuj Lakhina November 21, 20162:19 pm

From the previous game:
Zimbabwe salvage tie in thriller with West Indies

Shai Hope hit his maiden one-day international century but the West Indies could only stutter to a dramatic tie in a triangular series clash with Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on Saturday.
With Hope scoring 101 in just his second ODI the West Indies were well on track to overhaul the hosts’ 257 all out, until his dismissal sparked a late collapse.
The tourists went into the final over needing just four runs to win off seamer Donald Tiripano, but lost three wickets — two of them to run-outs — to finish on 257 for eight.
“We should have won the game, but that’s cricket,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder.
“It’s important for the guys to learn from this occasion. As a young team we just need to think a bit more when we get into these tight positions.”
The game was set up by two dominant partnerships for the third wicket, with Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza Butt putting on 144 for Zimbabwe before Hope and Kraigg Brathwaite’s 162-run stand for the West Indies.
With Ervine scoring 92 and Raza hitting 77, Zimbabwe went into the final 12 overs of their innings on 188 for two, with their eye on a winning total.
Instead the innings unravelled with Raza’s dismissal, as the hosts lost eight for 69 in the remaining overs to be bowled out off the final ball of the innings.
Carlos Brathwaite picked up the key wicket of Raza as well as two more late dismissals to finish with figures of four for 48.
The West Indies looked in control throughout their chase, with Kraigg Brathwaite scoring 78 and Hope taking advantage of being dropped on 69 and 84, both times by Raza off the bowling of Graeme Cremer.
The tourists reached the end of the 44th over on 217 for two, but when Hope was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Mpofu, Zimbabwe were able to squeeze the new batsmen on a two-paced pitch.
Although Sean Williams picked up two wickets in his final over, the West Indies were still heavy favourites when Carlos Brathwaite hit the final ball of the penultimate over for six.
But Tiripano held his nerve to have Brathwaite caught in the deep, then enjoyed some luck when he deflected Holder’s drive onto the stumps at the non-striker’s end to run out Ashley Nurse.
Holder only needed a single off the final delivery, but could not make contact and saw his partner Jonathan Carter run out as he tried to steal a bye.
“We made some mistakes and it could have gone our way, but credit to the guys for the way they fought and secured the tie,” said Cremer.
“We were a bit sloppy in the field, we probably gave away 20 runs and dropped a couple of catches, but we’ll take the positives from this game into the final two matches.”
Zimbabwe take on Sri Lanka at the same Queen Sports Club venue on Monday in the next game of the series.