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

Sri Lanka offer cash clothes to groundstaff        13 July 2017          
       File image of Hambantota ground staff in action / Getty

Sri Lanka offer cash clothes to groundstaff 13 July 2017 File image of Hambantota ground staff in action / Getty

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.

Graeme Cremer celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal during the second day's play of the only test in Colombo. Tiripano found success in the first over post lunch as he broke the 84-run opening partnership and sent Dimuth Karunaratne back for 25.

Zimbabwe's tour of Sri Lanka has had a major impact on the hosts as the Lankans have to win this one off test match after the debacle in the ODI series.

"We got a good start, but after that Cremer bowled really well". Cremer's was the last Zimbabwe wicket to fall.

Mathews scored a patient 41 but Sri Lanka still slipped to 293/7 by stumps. They had taken large leads into the second innings in each of the Tests they played in Zimbabwe past year, but have since lost four of their last five matches, not to mention a host of ODIs. 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.

Tharanga fell short of his crease while backing up to a straight drive by Chandimal as the ball grazed past the fingers of paceman Donald Tiripano. Gunaratne is unlikely to field in the second innings.

Left-arm spinner Herath finished as the most successful bowler with four wickets for 106 Sri Lanka, who were playing the first match under new test captain Dinesh Chandimal.

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

Medium-pace bowler Asela Gunaratne claimed two wickets while off-spinner Dilruwan Perera and Kumara took a wicket each.

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