Brief scores: Zimbabwe 310/8 in 50 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 111, Tarisai Musakanda 48; Wanidu Hasaranga 2-44, Asela Gunaratne 2-53) vs Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe went past 300 for the second time in three games to set Sri Lanka a daunting target of 311 on Thursday (July 6) in Hambantota. The visitors were impressive yet again with the bat after an ordinary showing in the second One-Day International as opener Hamilton Masakadza led the charge with a sparkling ton. He was involved in a century stand with Tarisai Musakanda to set up an ideal platform for the rest of the batting unit. Even though there was a middle order wobble, the visitors still recovered to post 310.
Sean Williams and Malcolm Waller out in the middle heading into the last ten overs, Zimbabwe fancied their chances of taking the total past 300. The hosts struck at regular intervals though at the death, which pulled back Zimbabwe but out of nowhere, Peter Moor smashed two sixes and two fours to score 24 off just 11 deliveries to guide the total beyond 290. Sikandar Raza then chipped in with an unbeaten 17-ball 25 that included a six off the last ball to give the hosts a daunting task. Sri Lanka, whose over rate was so poor in the innings, will have to do something that they have never done before (chase down a 300 plus total) at home in order to avoid another loss.