One-off Test, Day 2 at Colombo

One-off Test, Day 2 at Colombo

Zimbabwe were 344/8 at stumps on the opening day of the first test against Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.

Herath sent back openers Regis Chakabva for 12 and Hamilton Masakadza for 19 trudging back to the pavilion as Zimbabwe took lunch at 96-4.

Herath ended a stubborn 74-run stand for the ninth wicket with Tiripano (27) mistiming a reverse sweep to get caught at slip.

The duo added an 84-run stand for the fifth wicket to take their side out of the trouble.

As Ervine (151 not out) held one end, Sikandar Raza (36) looked positive at the other end, hitting two boundaries and a six.

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Ervine, who surpassed his previous Test best of 146 against New Zealand in Bulawayo a year ago, built crucial partnerships including a 84-run fifth-wicket stand with Sikandar Raza (36).

Ervine completed a 77 ball fifty and had Malcolm Waller (36) for company with the latter scoring at a strike-rate of 92.

The left hander was still there at the close, having struck a six and another 13 boundaries in a vital knock, with Donald Tiripano 24 not out after the pair put on 62 to torment Sri Lanka in the evening session.

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.