Zimbabwe V Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Match, Harare. 3rd Day

Zimbabwe V Sri Lanka, 2nd Test Match, Harare. 3rd Day
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The day began with much promise. The surface being at its best for batting, Zimbabwe, resumed on 126 for 2. But Zimbabwe collapsed in a heap, losing their last five wickets for 19 to be bowled out for 272 midway through the second session.

Herath, benefited the most from this approach as he finished with 5 for 89 to become just the third bowler after Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn to pick up five-wicket hauls against all Test nations. But to just give Herath all the credit for Zimbabwe’s downfall wouldn’t be doing justice to his team-mates. Dilruwan Perera, the off spinner, exploited the rough to pick three wickets, while right-arm seamer Suranga Lakmal had two. All the bowlers were supported by an agile slip cordon that hung on to tough chances.

Sri Lanka started their second innings shakily against a fired up attack. Carl Mumba showed significant recovery from a knee trouble that forced him to hobble off the field early on the first day. He bent his back and hustled the batsman for pace, the reward for which came in the form of Kusal Mendis, who top-edged a pull to mid-on.

Kaushal Silva, the opener, and first-innings centurion Dhananjaya de Silva were out to juicy full tosses. Upul Tharanga, fighting to stay in contention for a middle order berth for South Africa after a century and half-century here, played all around a Cremer delivery that spun back in to trap him leg before wicket.

Dimuth Karunaratne, guilty of frittering away a start in the first innings, overcame patches of discomfort against the away-going deliveries, to bring up a half-century. He helped Asela Gunaratne, coming off a maiden Test ton in the first innings, see off a nervous last 20 minutes as Sri Lanka stretched ahead despite a top order wobble, courtesy the efforts of their captain.

Sri Lanka 504 and 100 for 4 (Karunaratne 53*, Gunaratne 5*, Mumba 3-31) lead Zimbabwe 272 (Chari 80, Ervine 64, Williams 58, Herath 5-89) by 333 runs 

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