Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka in Test

Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka in Test

Tiripano found success in the first over post lunch as he broke the 84-run opening partnership and sent Dimuth Karunaratne back for 25. Since 2000, over a spell of 28 matches, they have earned a first-innings lead only four times - once in the West Indies and thrice in Bangladesh.

So, if Sri Lanka do not come charging back into the game on day three, they may leave themselves with too much to do in the final innings.

However, Upul Tharanga made 71 while Dinesh Chandimal hit 55 and skipper Angelo Mathews chipped in with 41 as the hosts closed in on the Zimbabwe total.

Though the visitors bowled with more discipline than they had in the morning session, the current, and former Sri Lanka captains came together and added 68 runs, Chandimal on 44 not out and Mathews on 16.




Sri Lanka needed just 4.4 overs to pick the remaining two wickets after Zimbabwe took day one honours reaching 344 for the loss of nine wickets.

Herath had earlier claimed the scalp of Tiripano (24) to complete a five-wicket haul, moving him above Malcolm Marshall and Waqar Younis with 378 Test wickets. The next three days will be good for the spinners, I think. "But right now, I think we should have been in a better position than this".

Concurring with Rangana Herath that batting will be tough in the fourth innings, Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak said his side would aim to have Sri Lanka chasing 200 at a minimum. "When you get those kinds of deliveries, the chances of getting out are high". "He's got a hamstring injury and with the state it's in, I don't think he'll be able to bowl or field tomorrow", he noted. If he is unable to bowl, it's me, Dilruwan Perera and the two quicks who are left in the attack. "I will always give 100% to the team, whether as the captain or as a player".

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