Zimbabwe post 356 in first innings

Zimbabwe post 356 in first innings

July 15, 2017   11:06 am

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  Sri Lanka dismissed Zimbabwe for 356 on Day 2 of the one-off Test after Craig Ervine was out for 160, his highest score. 

Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath claimed five wickets. 

On the first day, Ervine help his team recover from a shaky start to reach 344 for eight at stumps at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. 

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat pitch. After losing their top-order cheaply, Zimbabweans were in a spot of bother at one stage at 78/4. 

However, Ervine (151*) held the one end solidly and knitted crucial partnerships with Sikander Raza (36) and Malcolm Waller (36) to pull his team out of hot waters. 

Towards the end of the day's play, the left-handed batsman stitched solid stands with the lower order to help his team past 300. 

His unbeaten partnership with Donald Tiripano (24*) remains the team's best ninth-wicket stand against the hosts in a Test match. 

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers as he picked up four wickets for 106 runs in his 30 overs. 

Asela Gunaratne scalped two wickets while Lahiru Kumara and Dilruwan Perera picked a wicket each. 

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