In the second test at Harare, between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka the visitors were put to bat in the first inning. By the end of Day 1, Sri Lanka racked up a considerable score of 290 for 5 wickets. The strike by Upul Tharanga was a substantial addition for Sri Lanka. His strike stood up in contrast to the top order wobble in the bating line up. The team lost three wickets early before the score reached 100. In the 25th over, Sri Lanka was at 84 for 3. Opener Dimuth Kurunaratne was dismissed in the 15th over while the figure attained was 62. The next two wickets of Kusal Perera and Kausal Silva was lost for less than 25 runs.
The attack was initiated by Hamilton Masakadza who took down the first and the third wicket. The player attacked after bowling just 10 deliveries. It was a strong breakthrough, as he broke the opening stand of 62. Prior to his overs, Mpofu and Donald Tiripano bowled with little impact. Masakadza took the wickets in consecutive overs. The pressure was kept alive for Sri Lanka latter on by Mpofu. The bowler trapped Kaushal Silva an over before the lunch. The slide continued even after the break. Kusal Mendis was removed by Tiripano in the 28th over, the figures reaching 112 for 4.
After the fourth wicket, Sri Lanka made a recovery under Tharanga who came up with powerful boundaries just after arriving at the crease. The player emerged as the second highest scorer in the inning. He had 79 runs, beating 8 boundaries in the stint. Meanwhile, Dhananjaya de Silva was upbeat with his strike as the duo set off for their partnership. The players brought 143 runs, playing together.
Zimbabwe became lackadaisical in fielding, missing multiple catches. Gunaratne and Dhananjaya were both spared in their stretches, that became costly for the host. The partnership between Tharanga and Dhananjaya was the highest fifth wicket stand by Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe. The player delivered an excellent inning in the day, remaining unbeaten. There was a good turn and bounces in the pitch. He arrived at the pitch when the score was 112 for 4 hauling to the figures 290. He smashed 11 fours in the inning. By the end of the day, Gunaratne and Dhananjaya were partnering at 13 and 100 respectively. The test is the first instance when DRS was introduced in Zimbabwe. It had a positive impact on the team.
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