A brilliant century by Mahela Jayawardene aided by the rain gods ensured Sri Lanka were well on their way to the Super Eight stage of the T20 World Cup 2010 after they beat Zimbabwe via the Duckworth & Lewis method. Set an imposing 174 to win, the Zimbabwean chase was twice interrupted by rain at the end of the first and fifth over. With no play possible after the second interruption and the minimum of five overs to constitute a match being bowled, Zimbabwe finished 14 runs short on 29/1. It was sadly game over for the giant slayers from Africa.
Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat in a must win Group B game for them at Providence Stadium in Guyana. The pitch was expected to get slower and lower as the game progressed which prompted Skipper Kumar Sangakkara to bat first hoping his batsmen would put up a bigger total than the one against New Zealand, which they narrowly failed to defend. Zimbabwe, playing in their first game of the tournament, were coming off confidence boosting wins against Australia and defending champions Pakistan in their warm up games.