Brandon Moyo Sports Reporter
SIKANDAR Raza says the Chevrons have either been good or very poor as his men were hammered by nine wickets in the decider in Colombo yesterday.
Three wickets in three balls – two for Wanindu Hasaranga and one for Maheesh Theekshana – saw the Chevrons bundled out for their lowest score in T20I history, just 82 runs in 14,1 overs.
Their previous lowest score was 84 runs which came against New Zealand in Providence in 2010 during the T20 World Cup.
Sri Lanka would go on to chase the sub-par target in just 10,5overs, finishing on 88/1.
Sri Lanka have now completed the double of the Chevrons, winning the One Day International (ODI) series 2-0 and the T20I series 2-1.
The 170 runs scored in the match is now the lowest match aggregate involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in a T20I game.
Speaking after the match, Zimbabwe captain, Sikandar Raza said:
“Fifty-two after six overs and then to be 82 all out, there’s no explanation. The only explanation I have is that we take full responsibility as the players.
“We are trying our best but unfortunately when we need courage more than skills, that is not there and that cannot be coached or taught, and unfortunately that’s one of the reasons today. There has been a lot of good and bad in the tour.
“We have either been really good or really poor, nothing in between. Not finding a consistent way of playing at the moment.
“We are having a lot of positive chats, but I’m very big on how we train. A lot of the work is done behind closed doors.
“Unfortunately we’re not training as professionally as we could be, including myself.
“We are not reading the game well and understanding the situation, and playing accordingly. We do not trust our skills.
“Today is one of those days where Craig (Ervine), myself and Sean (Williams) had to play a lot of the overs and we couldn’t. That had a ripple effect. The biggest one has been the seamers and how well they’ve bowled on a tough tour,” said Raza.
Instead, it was 20-year-old Brian Bennett, who has been showing signs of being a good player, who shone and top scored for the Chevrons with 29 runs from just 12 balls at an impressive strike rate of 241, 66.