Cremer: It was just one of those days

Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer said his side’s total of 155 was never going to be enough to defend as they slipped to a seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Galle on Friday.

The African side could not back up their record-breaking performance in the first ODI on Friday at the same venue.

On Sunday, the hosts won the toss and elected to field, bowling Zimbabwe out for a paltry total of 155 inside 34 overs with opener Hamilton Masakadza top-scoring with 41.

It was a far cry from their effort on Friday when they became the first international side to chased down a target of more than 300 in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka easily got to the score, winning with almost 20 overs to spare and only three wickets down.

Cremer said after the game: “We thought the wicket was a little bit different. Maybe 230 would have been a good score.

“It was just one of those days. Sri Lanka bowled well, credit to them, and maybe we need to look at the other options in our batting [apart from the sweep].

“Like I said, 150 was not good enough on that wicket.”

The third ODI in the five-match series takes place in Hambantota on Thursday.