Solomon Mire maiden one- day century take Zimbabwe to a historic win on Srilanka

Vastavam web:  Solomon Mire smashed his maiden one- day century today to take Zimbabwe to a historic six wicket win over Sri Lanka and pile pressure on the beleaguered Asian nation.Mire hit 112 off 96 balls as Zimbabwe reached 322-4 to pass Sri Lanka’s 316-5 with more than two overs to spare. It was the first time in more than 200 one day internationals in Sri Lanka that a visiting team has scored more than a 300 run target to get a victory.”Having 315 on the board, I thought it was enough,” he said. “Our bowling was poor and our fielding was pathetic. It was a good batting effort by them.”

Sikandar Raza hit an unbeaten 67 and Sean Williams 65 as Zimbabwe stunned the home side in the first one-day international to be held in Galle for 17 years.The day did not start badly for the home side. Kusal Mendis blasted 86 off 80 balls as Sri Lanka plundered runs off the Zimbabwe attack on a slow pitch. Upul Tharanga hit 79 and Danushka Gunathilaka 60 after Mathews won the toss and chose to bat.Mire, who also bowled seven overs before coming out as opening batsman, hit 14 fours and his third-wicket stand of 161 with Williams put the African side well on the way to victory.

For someone to play in this kind of heat after bowling his heart out, that was sensational. I wanted to do it for him.”Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer said the win was a huge confidence booster. Cremer called Mire “a real asset to the team, not just with the bat but also with the ball. He’s lovely to watch.”