Zim cricket ends 16-year drought

Zimbabwe won a five-match ODI series away from home in their history, and just their third bilateral series win away against a Test-playing nation.

Sikandar Raza took three wickets before making a vital contribution with the bat to see Zimbabwe through in a tense chase © AFP
Sikandar Raza took three wickets before making a vital contribution with the bat to see Zimbabwe through in a tense chase © AFP

Zimbabwe won a five-match ODI series away from home in their history, and just their third bilateral series win away against a Test-playing nation.

The last time they won any away series was against Kenya in 2009, before which they had beaten Bangladesh and New Zealand in successive series in 2000-01.

Zimbabwe 204 for 7 (Masakadza 73, Mire 43, Raza 27*, Dananjaya 4-47, Malinga 2-44) beat Sri Lanka 203 for 8 (Gunaratne 59*, Gunathilaka 52, Raza 3-21, Cremer 2-23) by three wickets

The series win came as relief to most cricket fans, as Zim  had endured humiliating defeats against fellow associates recently.