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One-off Test: Cremer heroics give Zimbabwe edge over Sri Lanka

16 July, 2017, 01:33 | Author: Christina Hansen
  • Zimbabwe are eyeing an opportunity to take a first-innings lead thanks to their captain Graeme Cremer's work

Zimbabwe lead by 63 runs after scoring 356 and then restricting Sri Lanka to 293-7 on day two of the first Test in Colombo. Sri Lanka lost three wickets during the second session, including well set Upul Tharanga as Sri Lanka took tea at 184 for the loss of three wickets.

Craig Ervine could add only nine runs to his overnight score of unbeaten 151 before he was the last man out for Zimbabwe.

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But, shortly after lunch, Karunaratne (25) got a thick edge off Donald Tiripano and Hamilton Masakadza latched onto it with both hands at slip. As Dinesh Chandimal hit the ball straight past Tiripano, the bowler got his fingers on it and it eventually dislodged the bails at the non-striker's end, getting Tharanga out for 71 who was standing outside the crease. Cremer claimed his third when Niroshan Dickwella had his stumps rattled when he attempted to cut as a thick inside edged cannoned into the stumps.

The venue is hosting a Test match after four years and the last time a Test match was played here, Herath finished with 12 wickets. But he departed when he attempted to sweep off Sean Williams where the top edged flew down to legs-side of the keeper.

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Chandimal replaced Angelo Mathews as skipper after the all-rounder stepped down following a humiliating one-day global series loss to Zimbabwe this week. Gunaratne is unlikely to field in the second innings.

Herath registered his 30th five-wicket haul in Tests and returned figures of 5-116.

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But left-handed Ervine, who hit his second test hundred, compiled two half-century partnerships with Sikandar Raza (36) and Malcolm Waller (36) to lead the fightback for Zimbabwe, who beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in the recent one-day global series. Lahiru Kumara, Asela Gunaratne and Dilruwan Perera took a wicket each.

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