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Zimbabwean cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2017

The Zimbabwe cricket team toured Sri Lanka in June and July 2017 to play one Test match and five One Day Internationals (ODIs).[1][2][3] Originally, the schedule was for two Test matches and three ODIs.[4][5][6] It was Zimbabwe's first tour to Sri Lanka since January 2002. All the matches were played as day games.[7]

Zimbabwe won the ODI series 3–2,[8] their first ever series win against Sri Lanka.[9] It was their first away series win since 2009[10] and the first away series win against a Test nation since defeating Bangladesh in 2001.[11] It was also Zimbabwe's first win in a five-match series away from home.[12] Zimbabwe's captain, Graeme Cremer, said the victory was "the pinnacle of my career".[13] In contrast, Sri Lanka's captain, Angelo Mathews, said the defeat was "one of the lowest points in my career"[14] and stepped down as captain of the team in all three formats the following day.[15] Dinesh Chandimal was later named as the new Test captain.[16] Sri Lanka went on to win the one-off Test match by 4 wickets.[17]

Squads

TestsODIs
 Sri Lanka[18] Zimbabwe[19][20] Sri Lanka[21][22] Zimbabwe[19][23]

ODI series

1st ODI

30 June 2017
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
316/5 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
322/4 (47.4 overs)
Kusal Mendis 86 (80)
Tendai Chatara 2/49 (9 overs)
Solomon Mire 112 (96)
Asela Gunaratne 2/45 (7 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 6 wickets
Galle International Stadium, Galle
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL)
Player of the match: Solomon Mire (Zim)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Kusal Mendis became the joint second-fastest batsman for Sri Lanka to score 1,000 runs in ODIs.[24]
  • Solomon Mire (Zim) scored his first century in an ODI.[24]
  • This was Zimbabwe's first victory in any format in Sri Lanka against Sri Lanka.[24]
  • This was the highest successful run chase in Sri Lanka and the first successful run chase of a total more than 300 in Sri Lanka in an ODI.[25]

2nd ODI

2 July 2017
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
155 (33.4 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
158/3 (30.1 overs)
Hamilton Masakadza 41 (56)
Lakshan Sandakan 4/52 (10 overs)
Upul Tharanga 75* (86)
Tendai Chatara 2/33 (5 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets
Galle International Stadium, Galle
Umpires: Nigel Llong (Eng) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SL)
Player of the match: Lakshan Sandakan (SL)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field.
  • Wanidu Hasaranga (SL) made his ODI debut.
  • Wanidu Hasaranga (SL) became the youngest bowler and first Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick on debut in an ODI. He was also the first leg-spinner to take a hat-trick in an ODI.[26]

3rd ODI

6 July 2017
Scorecard
Zimbabwe 
310/8 (50 overs)
v
 Sri Lanka
312/2 (47.2 overs)
Hamilton Masakadza 111 (98)
Wanidu Hasaranga 2/44 (7 overs)
Danushka Gunathilaka 116 (111)
Malcolm Waller 1/32 (8 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Ranmore Martinesz (SL)
Player of the match: Danushka Gunathilaka (SL)

4th ODI

8 July 2017
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
300/6 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
219/6 (29.2 overs)
Niroshan Dickwella 116 (118)
Malcolm Waller 2/44 (10 overs)
Craig Ervine 69* (55)
Wanidu Hasaranga 3/40 (6 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 4 wickets (DLS method)
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
Umpires: Nigel Llong (Eng) and Ranmore Martinesz (SL)
Player of the match: Craig Ervine (Zim)
  • Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Rain during Zimbabwe's innings set them a revised total of 219 runs from 31 overs.
  • Asitha Fernando (SL) made his ODI debut.
  • Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka (SL) became the first pair to make back-to-back double-century partnerships in ODIs.[29]

5th ODI

10 July 2017
Scorecard
Sri Lanka 
203/8 (50 overs)
v
 Zimbabwe
204/7 (38.1 overs)
Asela Gunaratne 59* (81)
Sikandar Raza 3/21 (10 overs)
Hamilton Masakadza 73 (86)
Akila Dananjaya 4/47 (10 overs)
Zimbabwe won by 3 wickets
Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Raveendra Wimalasiri (SL)
Player of the match: Sikandar Raza (Zim)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to field.
  • This was Zimbabwe's first bilateral series win against Sri Lanka in ODIs.[12]

Test match

Only Test

14–18 July 2017
Scorecard
v
356 (94.4 overs)
Craig Ervine 160 (256)
Rangana Herath 5/116 (32 overs)
346 (102.3 overs)
Upul Tharanga 71 (107)
Graeme Cremer 5/125 (39.3 overs)
377 (107.1 overs)
Sikandar Raza 127 (205)
Rangana Herath 6/133 (39.1 overs)
391/6 (114.5 overs)
Niroshan Dickwella 81 (118)
Graeme Cremer 4/150 (48 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 4 wickets
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo
Umpires: Ian Gould (Eng) and Nigel Llong (Eng)
Player of the match: Asela Gunaratne (SL)
  • Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bat.
  • Tarisai Musakanda (Zim) made his Test debut.
  • Dinesh Chandimal played his first Test as captain of Sri Lanka.[30]
  • Zimbabwe's score of 344 on day 1 was most runs they had made in a single day of a Test.[31]
  • Rangana Herath (SL) became the fifth bowler to take 30 five-wicket hauls in Tests.[32]
  • Graeme Cremer (Zim) took his first five-wicket haul, becoming the first captain of Zimbabwe to take one in Tests.[33]
  • Sikandar Raza (Zim) made his first Test century.[34]
  • This was the highest successful run chase by any team in a Test in Asia, and the highest successful chase by Sri Lanka in Tests.[35]

References

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