Sri Lanka were chasing a total of 199 runs against Zimbabwe in the Tri-Series. They got off to a slow start with Kusal Perera and Upul Tharanga ensuring they do not lose any early wickets. But Tendai Chatara got the wicket of Tharanga on 17. A small partnership between Kusal Mendis and Perera helped Sri Lanka towards victory but an untimely dismissal of the latter pushed them back. Sri Lanka lost two more wickets inside one over and they were in trouble all of a sudden. A sixth wicket partnership between Thisara Perera and Chandimal took Sri Lanka home for their first victory of Tri-Series. Earlier, Malcolm Waller and Brendan Taylor stitched a strong partnership and took the total past 100 before the former became a victim to Lankesh Sandakan and edged a ball straight to Niroshan Dickwella. Horrible mix-up in the middle sent Peter Moor for a golden duck and Brendan Taylor completed his half century before getting out for 58 off Thisara Perera. Pradeep took two more wickets to end Zimbabwe’s innings for 198 in 44 overs.
1850 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have finally ended a drought. They beat Zimbabwe by 5 wickets for their first win of the Tri-Series. This is also their first win for them over Zimbabwe in their last four ODIs.
1825 hrs IST: Perera and Chandimal are doing a good job for their team. This partnership has taken them close to the target a loss here is unlikely.
1805 hrs IST: WICKET! Zimbabwe have struck again! Niroshan Dickwella is caught behind and Sri Lanka lose their fifth wickets. 54 runs still needed. Zimbabwe have their tail up now
1755 hrs IST: Dickwella and Chandimal are guiding their team here. They need this partnership if they want to win against Zimbabwe. The target isn’t big but Sri Lanka have lost quite a few wickets here
1740 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have been pushed back in this chase. The three quick wickets from Zimbabwe and they have a opening here
1723 hrs IST: WICKET! Muzarabani gets the wicket of Niroshan Dickwella and he departs on 7. Blessing has come as a blessing in disguise and he has taken 3 quick wickets to put Zimbabwe back in the match.
1716 hrs IST: WICKET! Blessing Muzarabani gets another one and it is Kusal Mendis who departs on 36. Both the set batsmen are gone and Sri Lanka still need 89 runs to win.
1710 hrs IST: WICKET! Blessing Muzarabani gets the wicket of Kusal Perera and he departs on 50. Zimbabwe get the much-needed breakthrough. SL 103/2
1705 hrs IST: 100 runs up for Sri Lanka. The side needs just 99 runs more to win their first ODI in the series.
1648 hrs IST: The partnership between Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera has reached 45 runs and it will take the match away from Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka need 121 runs to win and still 9 wickets are in hand.
1630 hrs IST: 50 up for Sri Lanka. Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera are stitching a good partnership here.
1608 hrs IST: WICKET! Tendai Chatara gets the much needed wicket and Upul Tharanga is gone for 17. SL are 33/1 in 10 overs.
1550 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have made just 18 runs in 5 overs. They are taking it slow this time, ensuring they do not lose quick wickets and chase down the total easily.
1540 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are off to a slow start. It is not a huge total to chase and there is no pressure on them at the moment. Kusal Perera and Upul Tharanga in the middle. Kyle Jarvis and Tendai Chatara with the new ball.
1445 hrs IST: WICKET! And that’s the end of Zimbabwe’s innings and it is Blessing Muzarabani who is gone for 0. Pradeep gets his 3rd wicket of the match. ZIM all out for 198 in 44 overs.
1445 hrs IST: WICKET! Pradeep has his second scalp and it’s a big one as he has got the Zimbabwean captain Graeme Cremer for 34. Zimbabwe are reeling at 198/9
1440 hrs IST: The onus is now on captain Graeme Cremer to provide his team with a competitive total.
1435 hrs IST: WICKET! Nuwan Pradeep gets his first. He cleans up Kyle Jarvis for 5 and Zimbabwe are 191/8. Zimbabwe are struggling in Dhaka.
1430 hrs IST: Thisara Perera has been clinical with the ball today. Sri Lanka are on top at the moment and they needed this come back after some disappointing performances earlier in the series.
1420 hrs IST: WICKET! Brendan Taylor is gone for 58 and it is Thisara Perera who gets his 3rd wicket of the match. Easy catch for Upul Tharanga. ZIM 172/7
1400 hrs IST: FIFTY for Brendan Taylor. It is his first ODI half century since returning to play for Zimbabwe. Can he take his side past 200 runs in 50 overs?
1350 hrs IST: Brendan Taylor is approaching his fifty and he has been the sole fighting spirit for Zimbabwe today after a strong start.
1345 hrs IST: WICKET! Horrible mix-up in the middle and Peter Moor gets run out on golden duck. Poor running between the wickets.
1340 hrs IST: WICKET! Lankesh Sandakan gets another one and Malcolm Waller is caught behind for 24. Easy take by Niroshan Dickwella.
1330 hrs IST: It has been a good show by Brendan Taylor and he has taken Zimbabwe over the total of 100 runs. This partnership between him and Malcolm Waller has crossed 50 runs and it has settled Zimbabwe.
1250 hrs IST: WICKET! Lankesh Sandakan gets a wicket and what a blinder by Kusal Mendis at square leg. Sikandar Raza departs for 9 and Zimbabwe are in trouble. ZIM 73/4
1230 hrs IST: WICKET! And another one for Perera and it is Solomon Mire who is gone for 21. Zimbabwe are stumbling here after a solid start. Perera gets his 2nd scalp of the match.
1220 hrs IST: WICKET! Thisara Perera provides another wicket and it is the danger man Craig Ervine who is gone for 2. BIG WICKET for Sri Lanka. ZIM 49/2
1215 hrs IST: WICKET! Pradeep gets the breakthrough. Masakadza tries to break the shackles, goes for a pull but mistimes it to the fielder at mid-on. Easy catch. ZIM 44/1 after 10 overs.
1210 hrs IST: 10 overs are gone and Zimbabwe are 45 without any wicket. The run rate is low but the side will not worry about that for now as they have not lost a single wicket and both the openers are still in the middle after the first powerplay. Good start.
1200 hrs IST: First change in the attack for Sri Lanka and it is Thisara Perera who replaces Nuwan Pradeep. Can he get the early breakthrough.
1150 hrs IST: Zimbabwe are scoring at a run rate of 5 per over. 25 runs in 5 overs and it is Hamilton Masakadza who is being the aggressor of the two batsmen in the middle. Sri Lanka are struggling to get a wicket here.
1135 hrs IST: ZImbabwe off to a strong start as they have already scored 14 runs in 2 overs. Solomon Mire and Hamilton Masakadza in the middle. Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal start with the new ball.
1120 hrs IST: Zimbabwe have won the toss and elected to bat first against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. Zimbabwe have put an unchanged side, while Sri Lanka have made one change. Lakshan Sandakan replaces Wanindu Hasaranga.
1040 hrs IST: Welcome to our Live blog on Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Dhaka. This could be a do-or-die encounter for Sri Lanka. We will come back with the updates on the toss shortly.
Sri Lanka ODI Squad: Dinesh Chandimal(c), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Shehan Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanidu Hasaranga
Zimbabwe ODI Squad: Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sikandar Raza, Peter Moor, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer(c), Ryan Murray, Tendai Chisoro, Brandon Mavuta, Blessing Muzarabani, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chatara, Kyle Jarvis