Sikandar Raza gives Zimbabwe historic ODI triumph

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Sikandar Raza

MNA Sports Desk: Sikandar Raza starred with the bat and ball to help Zimbabwe edge out Sri Lanka by three wickets and clinch a historic series victory in the fifth one-day international on Monday.

Taking the series 3-2 in Hambantota, the 11th-ranked Zimbabwe registered their maiden series win in Sri Lanka and first overseas triumph in eight years.

Off-spinner Raza claimed three wickets to restrict the hosts to 203-8 after Zimbabwe elected to field first. He then anchored a tense chase with an unbeaten 27 as the visitors won with 71 balls to spare.

Mathews said even though the conditions were “tough” for batting, their final run tally was far below what was expected.

“Credit to Zimbabwe, they gave us a really tough time and we didn’t have any answers,” said Mathews.

The defeat was Sri Lanka’s worst bilateral ODI series in recent times. The eighth-ranked side face India for a full series later this month.