Chevrons crumble under pressure

By Lawrence Trusida Sport Editor

ZIMBABWE slumped to a 185-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the third and final One Day International match to give the hosts a 2-1 series win.

After giving the country so much hope with accomplished performances in the first two matches, the Chevrons crumbled under pressure to give hosts Sri Lanka a 2-1 one day international series victory.

This generation of Chevrons were up against history as they were bidding to be the first Zimbabwean team to win two consecutive away series against a test playing nation, but sadly, that remained a dream as the team wilted under a spin test.

The hosts won the toss and elected to bat and put 254 on the board on a slow wicket.

The reply was short-lived as the Chevrons were dismissed for 70 although the margin does not do justice to how well this inexperienced Zimbabwe side performed.

 Zimbabwe gave the hosts a run for their money, but when it mattered most, chasing under lights, they failed to cope with the pressure.

The Sri Lankan bowlers turned up this Friday and Dushmantha Chameera set the tone with two wickets in two balls, including the crucial wicket of Craig Ervine for a duck.

Then Maheesh Theekshana castled Sean Williams, with both of Sri Lanka’s tormentors out of the way, a modest target of 255 began to look a lot steeper.

Then on a pitch that was conducive for slow bowling, the Sri Lankan spinners ensured there would be no way back for the visitors.

 The defeat means the Chevrons end the series with just one victory which however has lifted them to number 10 on the 13 team ICC super league log standings.

The top eight nations on the log qualify automatically for the 2023 World Cup in India, with the rest fighting it out for the two remaining slots in a reparchage tournament.