One Day Triangular, 6th match played at Harare Sports Club: Zimbabwe A 83 for 2 (Sibanda 43*) beat Sri Lanka A 81 (Chigumbura 6-24) by eight wickets
A career best bowling performance of 6-24 by experienced all-rounder Elton Chigumbura saw Zimbabwe A record a resounding eight wicket win over Sri Lanka A on Thursday at Harare Sports Club.
The struggling Sri Lankans were bundled out for a paltry 81 in just 26 overs, after Zimbabwe A won the toss and elected to bowl on a pitch that once again offered some assistance for the seamers. Sri Lanka A got off to a quiet but seemingly solid start as they took the total to 25 before Tendai Chatara removed the talented Udara Jayasundera for 15. Chatara then had MDK Perera snapped up at slip by Vusi Sibanda in the same over, and after that, the innings then became the Elton Chigumbura show as his combination of late away movement and extra bounce proved too much for Sri Lanka A to handle. Chigumbura single handedly reduced Sri Lanka from 25-2 to 76-8.
Sachithra Serasinghe top scored for the bewildered Sri Lankan A side with 17 while Jayasundera and Karunaratne were the only other batsmen to make it in to double figures. Brian Vitori and Tendai Chatara chipped in with 2-19 from seven overs and 2-27 from eight overs respectively. Zimbabwe A then lost the early wickets of captain Tinotenda Mawoyo and Sikandar Raza Butt with just 19 runs on the board, but Vusi Sibanda with an unbeaten 43 and Craig Ervine who finished on 21 not out steered Zimbabwe A to victory and the final as they passed the Sri Lankan A total with 188 balls to spare.
Both Zimbabwe and South Africa A will have a day to reflect and prepare for Saturdays final, while Sri Lanka A will return home with heavy hearts after a disappointing tour of Southern Africa.