Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

Sri Lanka bowl out Zimbabwe for 356 on Day 2

Sri Lanka bowl out Zimbabwe for 356 on Day 2

Zimbabwe, riding high on Craig Ervine's unbeaten 151, posted a record 344/8 on Day 1 of the one-off Test in Colombo on Friday.

Zimbabwe won the toss and made a decision to bat first.

Opting to bat first, Zimbabwe found themselves in trouble early on as Regis Chakabva, Hamilton Masakadza and Tarisai Musakanda were dismissed in quick succession.

Ervine battled on to reach 19 at the break with Sikandar Raza unbeaten on 17.

Dimuth Karunaratne was more subdued, batting on 23, but he and Tharanga put the pressure back on the visitors, trailing their first-innings total by 279 runs with all ten wickets intact.

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. 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. 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.

Ervine completed a 77 ball fifty and had Malcolm Waller (36) for company with the latter scoring at a strike-rate of 92. Asela Gunaratne scalped two wickets while Lahiru Kumara and Dilruwan Perera chipped in with a wicket each.

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