The tri-nation series has opened up again thanks to Sri Lanka for clawing their way to a win. We have two games left and both these sides have to face Bangladesh.

Not only do they have to come out on top but have to do so with a good net run rate. It’s going to be a cracker now. The next match will be between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh on 23rd January, 2018.

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Man of the Match, Thisara Perera says that he is proud of his performance. Credits their bowlers for keeping Zimbabwe to a moderate total which made it easier for them to chase it down. Praises Pradeep and Lakmal for doing well. Adds that even though Pradeep had an injury, he gave his best. Ends by saying that he is a hard-hitting batsman and enjoys his game.

Sri Lanka skipper, Dinesh Chandimal is really elated with the win. States it was a tough wicket to bat on. Credits his bowlers for doing a superb job. Further adds Perera and Mendis set the task up for them. Opines he just tried to bat as long as possible and not put much pressure on the lower middle order. Is happy to be on the right side of the result today. Continues saying the pressure is always there on every team. Reckons Zimbabwe have done well against them in the past and they need to play to their potential. Hopes that they can continue in same vein from hereon.

Zimbabwe skipper, Graeme Cremer starts by talking about the wicket. Says it looked exactly the same as the last one but played a lot different today. Accepts runs scoring wasn’t an easy task and that they were easily 30-odd runs short. States they need one of their top 4 batsmen to step up. Credits Taylor for putting his hand up today. Lauds Chandimal for the way he played and took the game away from them. Is confident to come out all guns blazing in their next match which he calls as a crucial one.

From 103-1, all of a sudden Sri Lanka were reduced to 117-4. They soon lost half their side and it seemed like we have a nail biter on the cards. However, Dinesh Chandimal didn’t lose his calm and kept on milking the singles. He took the game deep and got perfect company from Thisara Perera who played an enterprising cameo of 39 runs in just 26 balls which included 3 maximums and a boundary. He unbeaten stand of 57 runs along with his skipper sealed the deal with 31 balls to spare…

So, Sri Lanka have kept their hopes alive in the tri-nation series. They didn’t get it served on plate, had to fight it out there to come out on top. They displayed a good show with the ball to restrict Zimbabwe under 200. When they came out to bat, their openers looked scratchy and took their time to settle in before Tharanga chopped one back onto the stumps. Two Kusals – Perera and Mendis then came to the fore and motored along well. Together they stringed a fruitful 70-run stand but the wicket of the southpaw (49) pressed the panic button.

Man of the Match: Thisara Perera