A sensational fifth and final ODI between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe went down to the wire at Hambantota, and it was the less fancied African side that prevailed in the end by three wickets.
Zimbabwe, who won the toss and elected to field, restricted the home side to just 203/8 in their fifty overs, thanks to an excellent bowling performance by Sikander Raza. The away side got off to a flyer, with their opening partnership scoring 92 runs. Hamilton Masakadza went on to score 73, before being dismissed in the 24th over. Sri Lanka staged a stunning comeback, with Akila Dananjaya and Lasith Malinga, reducing Zimbabwe to 175/7. But captain Graeme Cremer and Sikandar Raza battled the pressure and got their side home with three wickets and 12 overs to spare.
This is Zimbabwe’s first ODI series win over a Test playing side since 2001. Here are some of the best reactions after the historic 3-2 series win!
The last time Zimbabwe won an ODI series agst a Test side, other than Bangladesh: bt N Zealand in NZ 2-1 in January 2001, 16 yrs ago#SLvZIM
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 10, 2017
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) July 10, 2017
— Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) July 10, 2017
incredible from zimbabwe. the fight to take the last two spots for the 2019 world cup will be quite something #SLvZIM
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) July 10, 2017
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) July 10, 2017
Sri Lanka beats India, should have beaten Pakistan, those two teams fight out champions Trophy. Then Sri Lanka loses to Zimbabwe.
— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) July 10, 2017