The only Test match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe is becoming an exciting tussle as the host is set to chase a challenging score of 385 runs. It is Day 4 and Sri Lanka started the chase. Zimbabwe fortified its lead with a strong score in the first inning. The team scored 356 runs boosted with the knock of Craig Ervine. The batsman scored 160 single-handedly, remaining at the crease for more than 80 overs. There were no high scores comparable to his, but the player got good support from the lower order hauling the team’s first inning tally to a substantial figure. Ragana Herath bowled 32 overs in the inning was pulled up to the morning session of the next day. Dilruwan Perera bowled 24 overs.
Sri Lanka started the first inning with brisk play. There was average score throughout the batting lineup that took the team to a comparable score. Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal scored half centuries. There were 40 plus scores from Angelo Mathews and Asela Gunaratne. Tharanga scored 71, Chandimal had 55, Mathews added 41, while Gunaratne scored 45. Sri Lanka put up their tally chasing Zimbabwe’s to 346 in 102.3 overs. In the inning Graeme Cremer alone bowled 39.3 overs at an economy of 3.16. The bowler also took five wickets while giving 125 runs. Sean Williams took two wickets, while Donald Tiripano had a single. By the end of Day 2, Sri Lanka was 293 for 7 wickets. The team played until the morning session of the next day.
In the second inning, Zimbabwe salvaged with the score of 127 off Sikandar Raza. There was a stiff support from the lower order in the inning. Malcolm Waller scored a half century of 68 runs. Graeme Cremer’s 48 was an imperative addition to the tally. Peter Moor scored 40 supporting the inning through the middle order. Zimbabwe added another 377 to their first inning score. For Sri Lanka, the chase is daunting, however, the team has good support throughout the batting lineup.
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