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Mathews’ comeback heroics lead Sri Lanka to unforgettable win over Zimbabwe

Mathews' comeback heroics lead Sri Lanka to unforgettable win over Zimbabwe
Sri Lanka secured a nail-biting three-wicket victory over Zimbabwe in an exhilarating last-ball end throughout the first Twenty20 Worldwide in Colombo on Sunday.

In a second of excessive pressure, tail-ender Dushmantha Chameera emerged because the hero, smashing a vital boundary off the penultimate ball after which hustling for 2 runs on the ultimate supply.

The win maintained Sri Lanka’s unbeaten file in opposition to Zimbabwe in T20 internationals and was significantly owed to the outstanding efficiency of 36-year-old former captain Angelo Mathews. Making a comeback to the T20 Internationals after virtually three years, Mathews performed a pivotal position, top-scoring with 46 runs.

When Mathews walked in to bat, Sri Lanka was struggling at 51 for 4, however a partnership of 32 runs with Charith Asalanka laid the inspiration for a comeback. Nevertheless, Sikandar Raza’s late strikes left Sri Lanka at 83 for six, placing them in a precarious place.

Undeterred, Mathews joined forces with Dasun Shanaka, and their 55-run partnership introduced Sri Lanka again into rivalry. Shanaka, who had been eliminated as captain after the 50-over World Cup final 12 months, remained unbeaten on 26.

Dealing with a requirement of 14 runs off the final over, Mathews showcased his expertise by hitting two boundaries within the first two balls, bringing the equation down to 6 runs from 4 deliveries. Though Mathews was dismissed for 46 within the fourth supply, Chameera managed to attain the remaining runs.

Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza’s outstanding all-round efficiency, scoring 62 and taking three wickets, went in useless. His workforce’s whole of 143 proved inadequate within the face of Sri Lanka’s decided chase. The subsequent match between the 2 groups is scheduled for Tuesday in Colombo.