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Only Test, R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo, 14 July 2017

Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe

Sri Lanka 4th Inn:391/6 (114.5)

Dilruwan Perera* 29 (76);Asela Gunaratne 80 (151);
Sean Williams* 43.5-2-146-2; Graeme Cremer 48-6-150-4;

Last bat: Niroshan Dickwella

Result: Sri Lanka won by 4 wkts.

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Sri Lanka 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne b Sean Williams 49 84 1 0 58.33
Upul Tharanga c Moor & b Cremer 27 69 4 0 39.13
Kusal Mendis c Sean Williams & b Cremer 66 101 6 0 65.35
Dinesh Chandimal(c) c Masakadza & b Cremer 15 17 2 0 88.24
Angelo Mathews c & b Cremer 25 73 1 1 34.25
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) c Chakabva & b Sean Williams 81 118 6 0 68.64
Asela Gunaratne not out 80 151 6 0 52.98
Dilruwan Perera not out 29 76 4 0 38.16
Rangana Herath dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Suranga Lakmal dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Lahiru Kumara dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 9, lb - 8, w - 2, nb - 0)19
Total(391 for 6 in 114.5 overs)391 (3.4 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/58 (Upul Tharanga, 19.2 ov.) 2/108 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 32.1 ov.) 3/133 (Dinesh Chandimal, 37.1 ov.)
4/178 (Kusal Mendis, 53.3 ov.) 5/203 (Angelo Mathews, 61.4 ov.) 6/324 (Niroshan Dickwella, 92.4 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Sikandar Raza 13 1 58 0 4.46  
Sean Williams 43.5 2 146 2 3.33 (2w)
Graeme Cremer (c) 48 6 150 4 3.13  
Malcolm Waller 4 0 10 0 2.5  
Chris Mpofu 6 3 10 0 1.67  
               

Zimbabwe 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Hamilton Masakadza lbw Herath 7 17 1 0 41.18
Regis Chakabva(wk) b Herath 6 12 1 0 50
Tarisai Musakanda c Karunaratne & b Herath 0 9 0 0 0
Craig Ervine c Karunaratne & b Dilruwan Perera 5 11 1 0 45.45
Sean Williams b Herath 22 37 1 0 59.46
Sikandar Raza b Herath 127 205 9 1 61.95
Peter Moor c (sub)Gunathilaka & b Lahiru Kumara 40 89 3 0 44.94
Malcolm Waller c Tharanga & b Dilruwan Perera 68 98 8 0 69.39
Graeme Cremer(c) c Karunaratne & b Herath 48 94 5 0 51.06
Donald Tiripano lbw Dilruwan Perera 19 55 2 0 34.55
Chris Mpofu not out 9 17 0 1 52.94
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 14, w - 7, nb - 1)26
Total(377 all out in 107.1 overs)377 (3.52 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/14 (Regis Chakabva, 3.1 ov.) 2/16 (Tarisai Musakanda, 5.4 ov.) 3/17 (Hamilton Masakadza, 7.2 ov.)
4/23 (Craig Ervine, 8.3 ov.) 5/59 (Sean Williams, 17.3 ov.) 6/145 (Peter Moor, 41.1 ov.)
7/289 (Malcolm Waller, 76.6 ov.) 8/306 (Sikandar Raza, 83.2 ov.) 9/361 (Donald Tiripano, 102.2 ov.)
10/377 (Graeme Cremer, 107.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Suranga Lakmal 14 0 43 0 3.07  
Rangana Herath 39.1 5 133 6 3.4  
Dilruwan Perera 30 2 95 3 3.17  
Lahiru Kumara 20 3 72 1 3.6 (7w)
Kusal Mendis 4 0 16 0 4  
               

Sri Lanka 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne c Masakadza & b Tiripano 25 66 1 0 37.88
Upul Tharanga runout (Tiripano) 71 107 10 1 66.36
Kusal Mendis c Chakabva & b Cremer 11 15 1 0 73.33
Dinesh Chandimal(c) c Chakabva & b Cremer 55 100 6 0 55
Angelo Mathews c Masakadza & b Sean Williams 41 104 2 0 39.42
Niroshan Dickwella(wk) b Cremer 6 13 0 0 46.15
Dilruwan Perera runout (Chakabva) 33 43 2 2 76.74
Asela Gunaratne b Cremer 45 110 3 0 40.91
Rangana Herath st Chakabva & b Sean Williams 22 30 2 0 73.33
Suranga Lakmal c & b Cremer 14 20 2 0 70
Lahiru Kumara not out 1 10 0 0 10
             
Extras(b - 8, lb - 10, w - 1, nb - 3)22
Total(346 all out in 102.3 overs)346 (3.38 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/84 (Dimuth Karunaratne, 24.2 ov.) 2/107 (Kusal Mendis, 29.4 ov.) 3/116 (Upul Tharanga, 32.1 ov.)
4/212 (Dinesh Chandimal, 60.3 ov.) 5/226 (Niroshan Dickwella, 64.4 ov.) 6/238 (Angelo Mathews, 69.4 ov.)
7/274 (Dilruwan Perera, 79.1 ov.) 8/322 (Rangana Herath, 91.5 ov.) 9/343 (Suranga Lakmal, 96.5 ov.)
10/346 (Asela Gunaratne, 102.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Chris Mpofu 11 2 41 0 3.73 (1w)
Donald Tiripano 10 1 38 1 3.8  
Sikandar Raza 18 2 60 0 3.33  
Graeme Cremer (c) 39.3 4 125 5 3.16  
Malcolm Waller 1 0 2 0 2  
Sean Williams 23 3 62 2 2.7  
               

Zimbabwe 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Hamilton Masakadza c Kusal Mendis & b Herath 19 40 2 0 47.5
Regis Chakabva(wk) b Herath 12 23 0 0 52.17
Tarisai Musakanda c Dickwella & b Lahiru Kumara 6 12 1 0 50
Craig Ervine c Dilruwan Perera & b Lahiru Kumara 160 256 13 1 62.5
Sean Williams c Gunaratne & b Dilruwan Perera 22 26 4 0 84.62
Sikandar Raza lbw Herath 36 47 2 1 76.6
Peter Moor c Lahiru Kumara & b Gunaratne 19 42 0 1 45.24
Malcolm Waller b Herath 36 39 4 0 92.31
Graeme Cremer(c) b Gunaratne 13 33 1 0 39.39
Donald Tiripano c Karunaratne & b Herath 27 54 4 0 50
Chris Mpofu not out 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 0, w - 1, nb - 5)6
Total(356 all out in 94.4 overs)356 (3.76 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/23 (Regis Chakabva, 7.3 ov.) 2/38 (Hamilton Masakadza, 11.5 ov.) 3/38 (Tarisai Musakanda, 12.4 ov.)
4/70 (Sean Williams, 20.5 ov.) 5/154 (Sikandar Raza, 39.5 ov.) 6/195 (Peter Moor, 51.6 ov.)
7/260 (Malcolm Waller, 63.2 ov.) 8/282 (Graeme Cremer, 73.5 ov.) 9/356 (Donald Tiripano, 93.5 ov.)
10/356 (Craig Ervine, 94.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Suranga Lakmal 14 1 58 0 4.14  
Lahiru Kumara 17.4 2 68 2 3.85 (1w)
Rangana Herath 32 4 116 5 3.63  
Dilruwan Perera 24 0 86 1 3.58  
Asela Gunaratne 7 0 28 2 4  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, errs in line and gets punished. First real loose ball of the innings. A rank long hop on the stumps, Karunaratne rocks back and nails the pull in front of square

4

Williams to Tharanga, FOUR, hit-me ball from Williams. A low full toss on the pads, Tharanga gets under it and whiplashes it through mid-wicket

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, poor ball from , drops it short and just outside off , Tharanga rocks back and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, cracking shot, drops this one short and wide of off, Tharanga makes room, waits on it and cuts late, beats backward point to his right and rolls away to the fence

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, streaky and four, pushed through flatter and just outside off, Tharanga is cramped for room as he looked to cut, gets a bottom-edge that goes right through Chakabva's legs, lucky boundary for Tharanga

OT

to Karunaratne, 2 runs, tossed up on the stumps, Karunaratne presses across and nudges it behind square on the on-side. Mpofu was quick on the ball and his return is accurate as well, but Chakabva didn't gather the ball cleanly. Karunaratne would have made it back anyway

D

to Karunaratne, 1 run, short delivery from . Karunaratne goes deep in his crease and pulls it to deep mid-wicket. Just a single

W

to Tharanga, out Caught by Moor!! Two noises and is given straightaway. Tharanga doesn't bother to review. He walks off with his head down. Ideal start for Zimbabwe. This one turned enough to take the inside edge. Tharanga was looking to tuck in on the on-side. Gets it off the inside edge and lobs off the pads to short leg. An easy catch for Moor. Tharanga c Moor b 27(69) [4s-4]

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Kusal Mendis doesn't miss out on a juicy full toss this time. He gets low and sweeps it to deep square leg. There is no one in the deep and Kusal collects a boundary

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Kusal Mendis gets low and takes it on the full to slog sweep it towards deep mid-wicket. His bottom hand comes off the bat, but still had enough power to hit that to the fence

4

Williams to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, executes the sweep shot to perfection. Picks it from off-stump and sweeps it along the ground to deep square leg. Raced away to the fence

4

Williams to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, Kusal Mendis is getting into his zone. Anything on the pads, he is sweeping them well. This time he hits it fine and the ball dribbles over the fine leg fence

D

to Karunaratne, 1 run, goes down as a chance. went with his left hand. Karunaratne comes down the ground and chips it off the toe end to the left of , who crouches low to take it. He was expecting it to come a lot faster at him, but it didn't as it came right off the cue end

W

Williams to Karunaratne, out Bowled!! What a ball to get Karunaratne. He had no clue what was coming. Williams produces a jaffa. Spits off the surface and turns in a mile to knock the off-stump. Karunaratne decided to let that go as it was well outside off, didn't expect the ball to turn so much and has to pay the price. He is dejected and stands his ground shell-shocked. Zimbabwe on the other hand are delighted. Karunaratne b Williams 49(84) [4s-1]

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, nicely played, this was tossed up on middle and turning away, Mendis gets down low, rolls his wrists over and sweeps it to the right of square leg, beats the man in the deep

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, smashed, that was tossed up invitingly outside off, Chandimal got a big stride forward, played with a flat bat and drills it back past the bowler for a boundary. It was the attempted wrong 'un and Chandimal read it early

4

Williams to Chandimal, FOUR, nicely played by Chandimal, this was the switch hit, pitched outside leg - hence, it was a safe shot, changed his stance, got on top of the bounce and gets it behind square on the off-side for a boundary

W

to Chandimal, out Caught by Masakadza!! Edged and caught. has deserved this wicket, shell-shocked faces in the crowd. It's the leg-break and it's another wicket for the Zimbabwean captain, lovely, deceptive line and length, tossed up just outside off and gets it to drift into the batsman, Chandimal was playing for the line, it spun away sharply at the last moment, finds the outside edge on its way and Masakadza completes a safe catch at first slip. The visitors are seven wickets away from creating history. Chandimal c Masakadza b 15(17) [4s-2]

4

to Mathews, FOUR, edged and four, no second slip and Mathews gets away with one. Another lovely leg-break, Mathews was tentative as he pushed at that, gets a thick edge and it rolls away past Masakadza at first slip

OT

Williams to Kusal Mendis, 1 run, fifty for Mendis, this has been a brave knock, gets a good round of applause from the crowd. This was tossed up outside leg, clipped away backward of square on the on-side for a single

6

to Mathews, SIX, cracking shot, that has been drop-kicked over the long-off fence. Too full and just outside off, Mathews gets forward, frees his arms and sends it soaring over the bowler's head

4

Williams to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, that's a gift from Williams and Mendis puts it away, juicy full-toss, Mendis gets across and swings it past square leg for a boundary

W

to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by Sean Williams!! That's an awful shot and Zimbabwe have broken through. Mendis will not be too happy when he sees the replays, this was very full and just outside off, too full to be playing the slog sweep. Mendis wasn't comfortable with that shot late yesterday, attempts another one now, skies it off the top-edge. Williams didn't seem to have picked it up either, only ran back after the keeper alerted him, keeps his eyes on the ball and completes a good running catch, to his right from mid-on. The task for the hosts has become just a lot more tougher now. Kusal Mendis c Sean Williams b 66(101) [4s-6]

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, lovely shot, tossed up well down the leg-side, not the line to be bowling with no one in the on-side, a free-hit as Dickwella sweeps and gets it behind square on the on-side, gets going with a boundary

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, cracking shot, tossed up on the stumps, Dickwella bends down low, gets down on one knee and sweeps it in front of square on the on-side, couple of blows and over the ropes

4

Williams to Dickwella, FOUR, Dickwella is looking to bat positively, comes down the track, doesn't get close to the ball - that allows him a free bat swing, sends it over mid-on, two bounces and over the ropes

W

to Mathews, out Caught&Bowled!! Massive for Zimbabwe and gets his fourth wicket. He's bowled with a big heart and deserved this wicket. Is this the Test for the visitors? The hosts have lost half their side now. This was tossed up nicely outside off, Mathews was looking to drive, the ball dipped onto him, he ends up playing a bit too early, spoons it back at the bowler and takes a smart return catch. Mathews' head went in the air as soon he played, he knew he had made a big mistake. Mathews c and b 25(73) [4s-1 6s-1]

4

to Gunaratne, FOUR, rank long-hop from . Gunaratne makes full use of it. Goes on the back foot and pulls it to deep mid-wicket. One bounce and into the fence

4

to Gunaratne, FOUR, is struggling to get his length right. Another short delivery, this time the line is outside off and Gunaratne slaps it through the cover region. The man in the deep had no chance of stopping that as it was hit well in front of square

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, that's the stroke of a man in form. He is looking positive. Gets down low and nails the sweep well in front of square

4

Williams to Gunaratne, FOUR, poor delivery and Williams knows it. He yells at himself. A short delivery down the leg, Gunaratne picks his spot and pulls it between the men in the deep on the on-side

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, this was coming wasn't it? You can't keep him quite for a long time. Sees the length ball, it was well outside off. Heaves it over mid-wicket to get to his fifty. Sri Lankan camp are up on thier feet and they know how important this knock is

D

Williams to Dickwella, no run, dropped! Is that the match? Cremer is on his knees. He can't believe it. Chakabva has spilled what might be a game-changing catch. Quicker delivery outside off, Dickwella leans across and closes the bat face, the thin edge goes to the left of the keeper, he tries to grab the ball in excitement and drops it. The ball also took a deflection off the helmet. So, even if he had caught it on the second attempt, it would have been not out

4

to Dickwella, FOUR, the runs required is below 100 now. Dickwella goes to his most productive shot - the sweep and nails it perfectly, bisecting deep backward square and deep mid-wicket

4

Williams to Dickwella, byes, FOUR, Chakabva is having a tough day in office. Williams contiunes with his line outside off and Dickwella mises the sweep, the ball keeps a tad low and beats Chakabva. Four bonus runs for Sri Lanka

4

Williams to Gunaratne, FOUR, in the air and wide of Ervine. Williams can't believe his luck. The teapot pose from him. It was a half tracker and Gunaratne for some reason pulled it half-heartedly towards deep mid-wicket, Ervine ran to his left and dived with both his hands outstretched, but the ball eluded them. The 100-run stand also comes up for these two

OT

Williams to Gunaratne, 1 run, fifty for Gunaratne. Take a bow! Not fully fit - carrying a hamstring injury and he's playing a match-winning innings. The whole of Sri Lankan team are on their feet applauding. Gunaratne acknowledges with the bat raise. Full toss down leg, Gunaratne sweeps it to deep backward square leg

W

Williams to Dickwella, out Caught by Chakabva!! Is this the opening? Certainly a twist in the tale. The partnership is broken and the attacking, dangerous Dickwella is sent back. It was the reverse sweep that brings about his downfall. Tried to play it from outside off and the ball spun back in sharply, hit the glove and lobbed up for Chakabva to make amends. The change of ends for Williams has worked. Not sure why he and Cremer had switched ends after lunch, but they are bowling from the ends where they have been most productive all match. Dickwella c Chakabva b Williams 81(118) [4s-6]

4

to Dilruwan Perera, byes, FOUR, what happened there? The flipper goes wrong. Down leg and might have hit a crack as it deviated further down, no chance for Chakabva to glove it and some bonus runs for Sri Lanka

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, poor delivery from and Perera takes full toll of it. Long hop outside off, Perera rocks back and smashes the pull in front of square, beat deep mid-wicket quite comfortably

4

Williams to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, edged and four, useful runs for Dilruwan, the target is down to 46 now. This was tossed up invitingly outside off, Dilruwan was looking to drive, squirts it off the outside edge, behind square on the off-side and into the fence

4

to Gunaratne, FOUR, lovely shot, pushed through flatter and quicker, skids on after pitching, Gunaratne backs away, uses the pace of and dabs it behind square on the off-side for a boundary

D

Williams to Dilruwan Perera, no run, another chance and Chakabva is having a horrible day. This was a tough chance, quicker ball outside off, Dilruwan went for the drive, got a big nick that's shelled by the keeper

4

to Gunaratne, FOUR, poor ball from , he's tired and offers a long hop outside leg, Gunaratne rocks back and pulls it in front of square on the on-side, a couple of bounces and over the ropes

OT

to Dilruwan Perera, no run, Zimbabwe want a review for a catch at first slip. Looks all academic though, no excitement in the camp. It's a fair delivery, too high for the LBW, but is there an inside edge on that? There's a noise, but it seems that the bat hit the pad and there's some daylight between bat and pad. Umpire Shamsuddin wants more replays, should remain NOT OUT, unless the third umpire can spot an edge here. He's taking his time here, checks with the LBW, but it's easily missing the stumps. NOT OUT is the call. It was the wrong 'un from , Dilruwan didn't spot as he went back, brought his bat down late and missed, the ball lobbed off his pads to first slip

OT

to Dilruwan Perera, no run, another Zimbabwe review, this time it's for LBW. Looks like it has pitched outside leg, fair delivery and don't think there's any bat on that. Will be crashing into the stumps, but where did it pitch? Pitched outside leg, NOT OUT remains. Dilruwan was caught in his crease to a leg-break, played all around it and missed

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, signs of a tired man, tired fingers and all for . Drops this one short and on the stumps, pulled away wide of mid-wicket for a boundary. That might be it for with the ball in this Test. 9 wickets in a brave brave bowling effort

4

Williams to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, Sri Lanka complete the record chase - the highest successful fourth innings chase at home and in the sub-continent as well, not to forget in Asia as well. Coming to the ball, this was tossed up just outside off, Dilruwan leans forward and drives it through cover, beats the fielder and rolls away to the fence

4

to Masakadza, FOUR, first runs. And in some style. Gets a hint of width outside off and Masakadza lines himself up to cream the steer wide of cover. The outfield then takes over

4

to Chakabva, FOUR, a drag down. Warm up time now. Not the body in it either as it goes away too for Chakabva to pile on the width as he unfurls his arms on a flashy square cut

4

to Chakabva, leg byes, FOUR, a strayed line. On the hips. Trying too hard to get it to seam away, the dream delivery. Nah, goes straight on and Chakabva lets it run off the pads going past the glance. Very fine

W

to Chakabva, out Bowled!! Cleaned up. Oh Rangana. Produces an absolute peach and gets Chakabva for the second time in the Test. A perfectly looped up delivery landing on middle, at a length Chakabva should have surely been forward to. Decides to read it off the pitch with a trek inside as the ball spins away, just enough to go past the jabby blade, looking to play for the angle, and kiss the top of off. Chakabva b 6(12) [4s-1]

W

to Musakanda, out Caught by Karunaratne!! The spider spins the web further. Musakanda the latest to get himself entangled in it. And it is only himself that he can blame for this brainwave of dishing out some aimless aggression. Clears his front leg, and swings the bat rather violently as he looks to whip it away in the air. Across the line completely, against the spin. Closes the bat face and ends up getting a faint nick on the leading edge as slip goes reverse cupped in pocketing it out. Musakanda c Karunaratne b 0(9)

W

to Masakadza, out Lbw!! Gould has his revenge. has his third. This is falling apart. But Masakadza instantly goes up for a review. For an LBW decision given against him. He was down on the sweep this time, too full as the ball sneaks under the broom and jams the front pad. Was there a glove though en route? Very inconclusive from the pictures coming in. Synchronize the split screen and the ball is mighty close as it passes the under portion of the glove. Okay, he seems convinced to stay with the on-field call. Bring on the HawkEye - THREE REDS. Crashing into off and middle with the impact perfectly in line as well. The Zims deepen their pit. Masakadza lbw b 7(17) [4s-1]

4

Perera to Craig Ervine, FOUR, a rank drag down. Picks up on it with a rock deep inside the crease. Opens himself up as well in a hack across the line. Through mid-wicket

W

Perera to Craig Ervine, out Caught by Karunaratne!! O my. The lunch continues to get bitter. And it is the centurion from the last innings who has to go for a real tame shot. A wide liner this, one that had to be left alone. Ervine though cannot resist a dab, flirts out and before he could pull out, gets a faint tickle to slip. This time taken low at the ankles. Lunch with that. Craig Ervine c Karunaratne b Perera 5(11) [4s-1]

4

to Sean Williams, FOUR, cracking shot, tad too short and wide of off, Williams waits on it, plays with an open face and cuts it in front of square on the off-side for a boundary

4

Perera to Raza, FOUR, lovely shot, this was tossed up quicker and just outside off, Raza gets forward and drives it in front of the man at cover, played against the spin, but got right on top of the ball

W

to Sean Williams, out Bowled!! That's a peach and it's that man once again who gets the wicket for the hosts. Unplayable stuff from , this was tossed up wider of off, Williams was lunging forward on the push, the ball dipped and drifted back into the left-hander, created the gap between bat and pad, goes on and hits the top of off-stump. Williams turns back in aghast, to be fair, he couldn't have done much. Zimbabwe have lost their fifth wicket and are in a hole now. Sean Williams b 22(37) [4s-1]

4

Perera to Moor, FOUR, a slog, a rank heave across the line. Saved by the streaky bottom edge. Sneaks through the gap past off and the keeper's leg

4

Mendis to Moor, FOUR, a rank long hop. Half way down the track, without turn, without fizz. Sitting up for Moor to rock around, inherit the line and swivel as he whacks it through mid-wicket

4

to Raza, FOUR, reverses. Jams it onto his pad and it lobs up to bisect the gap between the keeper and a wide slip. Not convincing by any stretch of imagination. But neither of them move, in fact the man at slip moves to the other side in anticipation

4

to Raza, FOUR, searching for the footmarks outside leg. Ends up finding the fence instead. Raza is back on his sweeps. Nails it behind square

4

to Raza, FOUR, the feet are back on the dance moves. First a reverse sweep, then orthodox and now a club over mid-wicket. A full bat swing to impart the momentum as it rushes into the ropes again

OT

Perera to Raza, 3 runs, fifty for Raza, this has been a fine effort, plenty of flight on this one from , Raza gets a big stride forward, gets close to the ball and drives it through extra-cover. Kumara gives chase and pulls it back in, saves a run for his team

4

to Moor, FOUR, on a good length and holding its line outside off, Moor plays with an open face and slices it behind square on the off-side. Mathews gets across from the deep, slides and stops the ball. But as he does so, his foot was in contact with the ropes, a boundary has been signalled

W

Kumara to Moor, out Caught by (sub)Gunathilaka!! Oh dear, that's a giveaway from Moor and Kumara is so excited that umpire Llong takes him away for a friendly chat. This is as soft as it gets, banged in short and on the stumps, Moor swivelled across on the pull, doesn't bother to keep it down and hits straight down the throat of deep square leg. Gunathilaka didn't have to move and Zimbabwe have lost a wicket against the run of play. Moor c (sub)Gunathilaka b Kumara 40(89) [4s-3]

4

Kumara to Waller, byes, FOUR, that was close, did the ball clip the stumps on his way? No, but it seems that Kumara clipped the stumps on his bowling action. This was full and tailing back into the right-hander, Waller went a long way across on the flick and missed, so close to crashing into the leg-stump. Waller and Zimbabwe get away this time around

4

Perera to Waller, FOUR, lovely shot, drops this one far too short, Waller goes deep into his crease, uses the bottom hand to good effect and whips it through mid-wicket, beats the fielder getting across from the deep, off the mark with a boundary

4

Kumara to Raza, FOUR, lovely shot, width on offer from Kumara, Raza leans forward, drives it on the up and beats extra-cover to his left. continues to milk runs - Raza

4

Kumara to Waller, FOUR, beautifully played, back of a length and just outside off, Waller stands tall and pucnhes it in front of square on the off-side. The fielder at mid-off gives chase, but the ball kept going away from him and into the fence

4

Kumara to Waller, FOUR, smashed, gentle half-volley outside off, Waller was all over the ball and drills it through extra-cover. It was an attempted slower ball from Kumara, turned out to be a long half-volley

4

Perera to Waller, FOUR, poor ball from , dropped it short and wide of off, Waller backed away and slashed it behind square on the off-side. Herath gets across from the deep, slides and pulls the ball back in, it then ricocheted off his shoes and rolled towards the ropes. He tries to stop but then his fingers touched the ropes with the ball in his hand

4

to Waller, FOUR, Waller is playing a fine cameo here, this was tossed up well down the leg-side, Waller bends down low, rolls his wrists over and sweeps it behind square on the on-side, beats the fielder getting across from the deep

4

to Raza, FOUR, clubbed over. Another wonderful use of the feet, dancing close and goes uppish with his flick. Powering its way through cow corner, where Kumara gives it the futile chase

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to Raza, SIX, all guns out on the attack. Runs down again, this time not as close as he usually gets. But he doesn't believe in adjusting. Another airy whip over long-on this time giving the fielder out there a real tease

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Perera to Waller, FOUR, slog time now. One right in the slot, Waller quickly under it and tonks it off one knee. Cow corner takes the brunt

4

to Waller, FOUR, classy. Breaks the defensive shackle that is tying him up with. Takes the line from down leg in pulling the back leg out of the way to loft it inside-out over the covers. All elegance here

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to Waller, FOUR, there are some ways to get to your half-century...and then there is this. A half volley in the slot - yes - but Waller muscles it away powering the drill to bisect the gap between cover and mid-off. Fifty #4, certainly the most vital

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Kumara to Waller, 2 runs, 136kph, a drop-cum-dab. Goes up on the bounce, up on the toes and runs it through the cordon

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to Raza, FOUR, the bravado. Well it looks like he wants his century tonight and isn't worried about showcasing some aggression. A wide tease up from , Raza skips, gets right to the pitch and unleashes an uppish lofted cove drive

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Perera to Raza, 2 runs, tossed up wider of off, Raza gets a big stride forward and drives it square on the off-side. Waller was a bit slow on the second run, but makes his ground with ease. The third umpire has a look, NOT OUT is the call. Raza moves onto 99

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Perera to Raza, 2 runs, maiden Test hundred for Raza, punches the air in delight, removes his helmet and soaks in the appreciation from his teammates, it's been a fine effort. Coming to the ball, it was dropped short and wide of off, Raza backs away and punches it square on the off-side, comes back for the second run

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Kumara to Waller, leg byes, 1 run, loud shout for LBW and Sri Lanka want a review. It's a fair delivery and the ball seems to be tailing down the leg-side, at least that's what I reckon. The impact seems to be in front of leg, daylight between bat and ball, so there's no nick on that. Ball-tracking in, umpire's call on impact and missing the stumps. Sri Lanka have lost a review, reverse swing for Kumara, but this one was clearly slipping down the leg-side. Sri Lanka are desperate for a wicket and this is a desperate review. Waller was shuffling across on the flick and missed, would have been hitting another set of stumps

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Kumara to Raza, FOUR, nicely played by Raza, banged in short and angling down the leg-side, he hops across, gets inside the line and tucks it very fine, first boundary of the day

4

to Raza, FOUR, lovely shot, overpitched and on the stumps, Raza leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and punches it back past the non-striker, beats mid-on and rolls away to the fence

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Perera to Waller, out Caught by Tharanga!! Another giveaway from a Zimbabwe batsman, Waller falls after a fine knock. This was a long hop from , short and down the leg-side, Waller could have put it away anywhere he wanted, instead, he rocks back and pulls it straight to the fielder at deep mid-wicket. A waste of a wicket really, breaks the 144-run 7th wicket stand. Sri Lanka get a big wicket with the second new ball not far away. Waller c Tharanga b Perera 68(98) [4s-8]

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Kumara to Cremer, FOUR, edged and four, full and wide of off, looking to lure Cremer into the drive. Cremer does, went with hard hands and gets a thick edge - right through the gap between second slip and gully

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to Raza, out Bowled!! Massive wicket for Sri Lanka. What a innings this is from Raza. Comes to an end as he attempts a reverse sweep. The length was too full to attampt the shot, the ball sneaks under the bat and shatters the middle stump. Raza walks off to a standing ovation. 10 wickets in the match for . This is also his 31st 5-fer in Tests. No real celebrations from the Lankans. Raza b 127(205) [4s-9 6s-1]

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Kumara to Cremer, FOUR, more frustration for the Sri Lankan bowlers. Kumara finds the outside edge, but it was played with soft hands and the ball races away past the fielders dive at 2nd slip

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to Cremer, FOUR, excellent use of the feet. Gets right to the pitch of the ball and times it through mid-wicket. Doesn't look to hit it hard, all timing this time

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to Cremer, FOUR, more runs for Zimbabwe. fires it down the leg, Cremer sinks low and gets a feather on the bat as he attempts the sweep. The ball races down fine towards fine leg

4

to Cremer, FOUR, second boundary of the over. Goes for the sweep again and crunches it to deep square leg. No chance for the fielder in the deep as it was hit really well

4

to Tiripano, FOUR, effortless from Tiripano. Just treks back to this flatter ball, twirls his wrists and whips it with lot of bottom hand through mid-wicket. Two fielders gives the chase but in vain

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Perera to Tiripano, 1 run, dropped. Nothing going Sri Lanka's way. Kumara has put down a straightforward chance. A tossed up delivery outside off, Tiripano skipped out and slammed it straight to mid-off, Kumara stayed low, got both hands but the ball popped out

4

to Tiripano, FOUR, Tiripano will play his shots now. Shimmied out and meets the pitch, then blasts it with clean swing over mid-on

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Perera to Tiripano, out Lbw!! Sri Lanka find the breakthrough. Tiripano was granted a life in Perera's last over but couldn't capitalize on it. A quicker delivery from Perera, fizzes through the deck. Tiripano was caught in the crease, neither forward nor back. The ball skids through to rap him on the pad - in front of middle and looked plumb straightaway. He tried to whip it away to the leg-side but misses it completely. Third wicket for Perera. Tiripano lbw b Perera 19(55) [4s-2]

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to Mpofu, no run, Sri Lanka review for an lbw. We'll go through with the formalities. No issues with the front foot. Don't think like there's any wood involved. But the issue here could be height as Mpofu is a very tall guy. What does HawkEye say? Still waiting.. Pitching - in-line. Impact - in-line. Wickets - missing. So Mpofu is safe. Tossed up on leg-stump and spun away sharply, Mpofu was forward to defend, the extra zip and turn beats his outside edge to thud him on the back pad. had a chat with his skipper and then opted for a review

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to Mpofu, SIX, wow. Where did that come from? This must be humiliating for . Mpofu uses his strong wrists as he thumps it with ferocity over mid-wicket. Plenty of wood and it carries all the way for the maximum. The Zimbabwe dug-out is in all smiles

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to Cremer, out Caught by Karunaratne!! It's all over. Fittingly, has the final say and he finishes with a six-fer. Zimbabwe are bowled out for 377. Cremer wasn't looking to just hang around, he wanted some quick runs and in the end, he perishes. A flighted delivery on the stumps, he went low for a sweep. It was much quicker and the ball catches the glove to pop up in the air. Karunaratne moves to his left from first slip and settles under the dolly. Cremer c Karunaratne b 48(94) [4s-5]

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to Tharanga, FOUR, lovely shot, full and wide of off, a long half-volley from , Tharanga gets a big stride forward and drills it through cover, off the mark with a boundary

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, edged and four, luck for Tharanga, short of a good length and angling across him, he has a feel for it, played with soft hands and the edge beats Ervine's dive at second slip

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, poor ball from , another wide half-volley outside off, Tharanga leans forward and caresses it into the gap past cover, back-to-back boundaries for Tharanga

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to Tharanga, FOUR, short, wide and four, width on offer from , Tharanga gets on top of the bounce and cracks it square on the off-side, beats point and rolls away to the fence

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, back-to-back boundaries for Tharanga, another half-volley from , Tharanga leans forward, closes the face of the bat and drives it past the non-striker

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, lovely, fraction too full from , Tharanga leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and caresses it gently past Cremer at mid-off, no need to run for those

4

to Karunaratne, FOUR, Karunaratne gets into the act now. His first boundary. Dug in short, without any purpose, Karunaratne simply rocks back and muscles the pull in front of square with ferocity

6

to Tharanga, SIX, Tharanga is looking in sublime touch. He gives the charge and thumps it over long-on. Such free-flowing hands and the key was reaching the pitch in time which enabled him to play that shot

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to Tharanga, no run, Zimbabwe review: After a brief chat with the bowler, Cremer decides to review for an lbw. Fair ball. At first viewing, it definitely looked like Tharanga was struck outside the line of off. Ball-tracking is out: 3 greens. NOT OUT. Waste of a review. Looked like a desperate one from the Zimbabweans. Tharanga preempted a sweep and planted his front foot across, he misses and is pinged on the pad

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, you cannot afford to slip your lengths, Tharanga will make you pay. errs by dragging it short, Tharanga quickly spots it and nails it in front of square, bisects two men in the deep to perfection

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to Tharanga, 1 run, 7th Test fifty for Tharanga. Brings out the customary raise of the bat and gets a congratulatory handshake from his partner. Important to convert it into a century. Reaches the landmark with a gentle work off his pads through mid-wicket

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, poor ball from , dragged it short and on the stumps, Tharanga swivels across and pulls it past mid-wicket, no chance for the fielder in the deep

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to Karunaratne, out Caught by Masakadza!! strikes immediately after lunch, much needed wicket for Zimbabwe. Their heads were slowly beginning to fall away, couldn't have asked for a better start after lunch. This was short and wide of off, Karunaratne saw the chance for some runs, went with hard hands on the cut, gets a thick top-edge. The ball was travelling and it was at an awkward height as well, Masakadza kept his eyes on the ball, arched back slightly, holds on to an overhead catch. Jubiliation in the camp and a despondent Karunaratne walks away. Karunaratne c Masakadza b 25(66) [4s-1]

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to Tharanga, FOUR, edged and four, a fine gully would have swallowed this one, the man was square and watches in despair as the ball sped past him. Short and wide of off, Tharanga went hard on the cut, gets a thick edge to the right of gully

4

to Kusal Mendis, FOUR, poor ball from , he hasn't hit his stride as yet. Drops another rank long-hop, Mendis is quick to rock back and pulls it wide of mid-wicket for a boundary, his first of the innings

4

to Tharanga, byes, FOUR, flighted delivery and spinning down the leg-side, Tharanga can't get a bat on that, Chakabva is late on his move and can't stop it either, the ball runs away for four byes

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to Tharanga, no run, edged and was it dropped? has his hands on his head, but the ball bounced well in front of gully. On a good length and well wide of off, Tharanga went hard on the drive, ended up slicing it in the air and in front of gully. Ervine was the man out there and he seems to have injured himself as he dived sideways. Must be a case of cramps, he's walking gingerly and is holding his hands around his leg. Might have actually been hit by the ball and he's walking off

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to Kusal Mendis, out Caught by Chakabva!! Lovely leg-break from and Mendis has been dismissed. Excellent catch from Chakabva as well, there was sharp turn and plenty of bounce, but he got across quickly and held on. Mendis doesn't wait for the umpire to raise his finger, he's off in a hurry. Double blow from Zimbabwe after lunch, coming to the ball, this was beautifully tossed up outside off, lured Mendis into prodding forward, ripped and turned sharply across him, caught the outside edge and the keeper did the rest. Kusal Mendis c Chakabva b 11(15) [4s-1]

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, the wrong 'un from , the length was short though, Chandimal goes back and clips it very fine, off the mark with a boundary

4

to Tharanga, FOUR, that should get Tharanga going again, short and wide of off, he waits on it, opens the face of the bat at the last moment and dabs it behind square on the off-side for a boundary

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to Chandimal, out Tharanga Run Out!! Appeal for a run-out. Tharanga was backing up, did he get back into his crease in time? His bat was on the wrong hand and Tharanga was trying to get back with his foot. On the line and that's OUT. Tharanga looks gutted as he walks back, but he's got the basics of cricket wrong. He was backing up with the bat on his wrong hand, no way, he could have dragged it into the crease, tried doing so with his feet, but only comes second best. Third wicket after lunch for the visitors and Zimbabwe are fighting back strongly. Coming to the ball, this was full and on the stumps, Chandimal punched it back at the bowler. went down as he tried to stop the ball, instead, it grazed his fingers and broke the stumps at the bowler's end. A waste of a wicket for Sri Lanka, but Zimbabwe will not care one bit. Tharanga run out () 71(107) [4s-10 6s-1]

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to Chandimal, FOUR, that's a bad ball from , offers a juicy full-toss and Chandimal puts it away, clipped it wide of the diving fielder at mid-on and the ball rolls away to the fence

4

to Mathews, FOUR, never offer anything on the pads for Mathews, he is very strong in that zone. just commits that mistake and pays for it. Half-volley on middle and leg, Mathews shuffles inside the line and whips it firmly through mid-wicket

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, class from Chandimal. Just bends his back knee, displays his eye elbow to ping this drive to a overpitched delivery outside off - right off the sweet spot to send the marching orders through extra cover

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, ah, that's clumsy from Sean Williams. A half-tracker from , Chandimal went back and fiercely punched it through extra cover, the fielder in the deep ran across, tries to show some football skills but embarrasses himself by kicking it away to the fence

4

Williams to Chandimal, FOUR, excellent ball from Williams. Shortend his length and gets it to spin sharp after pitching, Chandimal was stranded in the crease. Is squared up as he stabs at it and ekes out an outside edge that runs past the lone slip to the third man fence

4

to Chandimal, FOUR, Zimbabwe are looking lackadaisical in the field after lunch. Chandimal unleashed the sweep behind square, Tiripano was the man who sprinted to his right from deep backward square leg. Was lazy to bend low in time and also failed to get his body behind the line of the ball. Lets it sneak through to the fence

4

to Mathews, byes, FOUR, what happened there? Mathews tries to be smart but makes a mockery of himself in the end. Mathews went low for the sweep, the keeper anticipated it early and moved to leg. Mathews missed it and Chakbava was caught wrong-footed, couldn't recover and the ball runs away to the fence

4

to Mathews, FOUR, nicely played by Mathews, bends down low, uses the angle of to his advantage and reverse sweeps it behind square on the off-side for a boundary

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to Chandimal, 1 run, fifty for Chandimal - good start for his captaincy, half-tracker from as he looked to push it quicker, pulled away behind square on the on-side for a single

D

to Chandimal, 1 run, that's a chance and Mpofu has missed it. This was the top-spinner from , Chandimal was bending down on the sweep, doesn't account for the extra bounce, gets a big top-edge, high and behind square on the on-side. Mpofu didn't pick the ball on first instant. He spots it late, runs across in circles and dives forward - gets the fingertip, but can't hold on

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to Chandimal, out Caught by Chakabva!! The let-off doesn't cost Zimbabwe a lot, another cracker from and he has got rid of his Sri Lankan counterpart. An absolute jaffa, pitched outside leg, the length made Chandimal press forward, it spun across the face of the bat, caught the outside edge and it's a much simpler chance for Chakabva this time, he doesn't drop and Zimbabwe can smile, so can Mpofu. Chandimal c Chakabva b 55(100) [4s-6]

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to Dickwella, out Bowled!! The leg-break gets a third wicket, but this is poor cricket from Dickwella. This was tossed up just outside off and spun back in, Dickwella was cramped for room as he looked to dab it square on the off-side, the bat came down with an angle, gets the inside edge and clatters into the middle and leg-stump. Sri Lanka have lost half their side and Zimbabwe keep chipping away. Dickwella b 6(13)

6

to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, lovely shot, this was tossed up invitingly outside off, Dilruwan bends down low and slogs it high and over mid-wicket, went a long way over the ropes for a maximum

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Williams to Mathews, out Caught by Masakadza!! Oh goodness! Is that taken? It is. Hamilton Masakadza pulls off a second blinder today. This is a big, big wicket for Zimbabwe. Mathews looked quite fidgety with the sweeps and reverse sweeps, he has been devoured now. Brilliant from Cremer to bring in Williams into the attack. It has paid rich dividends. A tossed up delivery on middle and leg, Mathews walked across his sticks to play the paddle. In the process, he skews a top-edge that lobbed up in the air. Masakadza from first slip, backtracked and kept his eyes on the ball to snaffle a wonderful take. Zimbabwe are delighted as Sri Lanka have lost their sixth wicket. Mathews c Masakadza b Williams 41(104) [4s-2]

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to Gunaratne, no run, Zimbabwe review: and the keeper go up for a confident appeal but umpire Nigel Llong says no. They have a chat and decide to go upstairs. Fair delivery. Looks like Perera has missed it by some distance. NOT OUT. The review was more of hope for Zimbabwe. A leg-break from , pitched up on off and spun sharply, Gunaratne came forward to defend and the ball ghosts past the outside edge

4

to Gunaratne, FOUR, did he get a tickle? Yes. Given runs by umpire Nigel Llong. A slanter down leg, Gunaratne shuffles inside the line and elicits a faint tickle. The keeper couldn't gather it after moving to his left and the ball pistols away to the fence

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Williams to Dilruwan Perera, SIX, Perera has had enough. Breaks free by dancing down the track and lifts it aerially over mid-off. Enough wood to clear the fence for a maximum

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, buffet ball and put away with disdain. A rank long hop from , Perera rocked back and clubed it over mid-wicket

4

to Dilruwan Perera, FOUR, these are handy runs for Sri Lanka. Perera is on the move. Short and on the stumps, Perera skips back and uses his quicksilver wrists it to place it through mid-wicket

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to Gunaratne, out Dilruwan Perera Run Out!! This is hare-brained running and Perera has to pay the price. Sri Lanka lose another one. This is poor cricket. A short of length delivery outside off, Gunaratne slashed it to point and blindly took off without even bothering to look at his partner. Both were ball-watching and Gunaratne has sold his partner down the river. Not to take the credit away from the Zimbabwean fielders. Musakanda dived to his right and relayed the throw to Waller, who completed the throw to the keeper. Perera was not even in the frame. Dilruwan Perera run out (Musakanda/Waller/Chakabva) 33(43) [4s-2 6s-2]

4

to Gunaratne, FOUR, errs in line a bit and Gunaratne cashes in. Shortish again, Gunaratne went back and rocketed the pull behind square on the leg-side

4

to Gunaratne, leg byes, FOUR, was there a tickle? No. was excited briefly but it has missed the willow. A fuller length delivery drifting down leg, Gunaratne fails to meet with the glance and the ball brushes the pad en route to the keeper, who fails to get his body behind the line after moving to his left

4

to Herath, FOUR, Herath loves the sweep against the spinners and he is not afraid despite the plethora of men surrounding the bat. Sinks low, brings out the broom and sweeps it powerfully in front of square

4

Williams to Herath, FOUR, streaky but four, handy runs for Herath, this was tossed up slower and just outside off, Herath went for the big sweep, got the bottom-edge that went through the legs of Chakabva, rolls away to the fence in a hurry

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Williams to Herath, no run, Herath has been given OUT LBW, he wants it to be reviewed. Looked pretty adjacent, but where was the impact? Did the ball graze the bat on its way? Don't think so, ball-tracking coming up, umpire's call on impact and missing the stumps? Not sure about this call - Williams looks bemused and he is right, this was a full-toss that Herath played and missed as he looked to sweep, not sure how could the ball turn on Hawk-Eye. Herath smiles, he's got lucky here. Coming to the ball, this was a low full-toss, Herath was shaping for the sweep and missed. Umpire Gould raises his finger, but then he has to change his call

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Williams to Herath, out Stumped!! This is poor cricket of the highest order all around and Chakabva will be a very relieved man. Herath came down the track to a very full ball and almost yorked himself in the process. To make matters worse, he ended up playing all around it and was stranded a mile from the crease. Chakabva made a mess of a simple collection, dropped it near his feet, fumbled as he tried to retrieve - one, twice and thrice. Herath could have got back into the crease by then, but then - the 39-year old panicked, kept watching the keeper and by the time he attempted to get back into the crease, Chakabva managed to get hold of the ball and broke the stumps. Clumsy cricket all around. Herath st Chakabva b Williams 22(30) [4s-2]

4

Williams to Lakmal, FOUR, edged and four, sharp turn for Williams, Lakmal stabbed at it with hard hands, gets a thick edge that flies away through the vacant second slip region, handy runs for Lakmal

4

Williams to Gunaratne, FOUR, poor ball from Williams, short and wide of off, Gunaratne makes room by backing away and cracks it square on the off-side, beats point and rolls away to the fence

4

to Lakmal, FOUR, the wrong 'un from , but it's very short, allows Lakmal to rock back and pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary

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to Lakmal, out Caught&Bowled!! That's a soft dismissal! It is the leg-break which is getting all the wickets for , this one drifted in from outside leg, Lakmal was eyeing the vacant mid-wicket region as he flicked, closed the bat-face early, the ball went off the front-edge and it's a dolly to the bowler. accepts it gleefully, his fourth wicket and the hosts have lost their ninth. Lakmal c and b 14(20) [4s-2]

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to Gunaratne, out Bowled!! Here's the fifer. , you beauty. Becomes the first Zimbabwean skipper in history to get a five-wicket haul. A drag on to get to the mark. Gunaratne looks to defend one off the back foot, one he should ideally have been forward to. Was quick too as it takes the inside half of the bat on the dangle and knock down his bails. A slender 10-run lead. What a moment. Gunaratne b 45(110) [4s-3]

4

Kumara to Masakadza, FOUR, cracking shot, this is a poor start from Kumara, short and wide of off, Masakadza gets on top of the bounce and cracks it square behind point, beats the diving fielder and rolls away to the fence

OT

Kumara to Masakadza, no run, another loud shout for LBW and Sri Lanka want a review. They reckon it was pad first, but did Masakadza get himself outside the line of off-stump? It's a fair ball, the impact looks to be around off, it's definitely pad first, but what about the height? Struck Masakadza above the knee-roll, but he wasn't fully forward. Umpire's call on both counts, NOT OUT will remain. Sri Lanka have lost their first review. It was a close call, but Masakadza just about got himself outside the line of off-stump. He was half-cock as he pushed forward, got struck high on the pads and would have been only clipping the bails

4

Kumara to Masakadza, FOUR, lovely shot, way too short from Kumara, Masakadza swivels across, rolls his wrists over, keeps the ball down and finds the gap behind square leg

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to Chakabva, out Bowled!! Lovely ball and Chakabva has been completely bamboozled. A nothing shot from Chakabva, he will not be happy once he sees the replays. The previous ball set his dismissal up, this was tossed up slower and drifted back into the right-hander. Chakabva was in no position as he stumbled forward, had a sort of a casual waft at that, left a big gap between bat and pad. The ball snuck through and crashed into middle. As simple as it gets and has struck in his first over. Chakabva b 12(23)

4

to Musakanda, FOUR, top-edge and four, more luck for Musakanda, this was short and well wide of off, Musakanda was looking to fetch the pull, was in no control over the shot and is lucky that the edge flew over the keeper's head

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to Masakadza, out Caught by Kusal Mendis!! has his man, Masakadza was looking to dominate the bowler, excellent reflexes from Mendis at FSL. This was tossed up and came back with the angle, Masakadza was lunging forward in defence, went with hard hands as well - gets an inside edge that went low and to the left of FSL. Good anticipation from Mendis, stayed low, dived forward and completed the catch. Zimbabwe have lost both openers now and the umpire has called for drinks. Masakadza c Kusal Mendis b 19(40) [4s-2]

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Kumara to Musakanda, out Caught by Dickwella!! Loud shout for a caught behind and Sri Lanka want a review. Musakanda doesn't look too fussed, it's a fair delivery, it's very close to the outside edge and there's a sound as the ball went past the bat. The bat didn't hit the ground either, we do not have Snicko or Hot Spot for this Test. Will Musakanda get away with this one? Shamshuddin is the 3rd umpire and he's having several looks at this. OUT is the call. A successful review from Sri Lanka, Musakanda doesn't look too happy as he stomps away. This was full and just outside off, Musakanda went with hard hands on the drive, his feet didn't get anywhere close to the ball and there was a noise as it went past the outside edge. Good low catch from Dickwella, the appeal was spontaneous and replays suggested a nick. Gould changes his call and Kumara has his first wicket. Musakanda c Dickwella b Kumara 6(12) [4s-1]

4

Kumara to Sean Williams, FOUR, short again, Williams doesn't miss out on it this time. He gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the point region. First runs on the board for Zimbabwe after 21 deliveries

4

to Sean Williams, FOUR, foxes Mathews with a fine reverse sweep. He anticipated it to the left and moved to the wrong side. The ball runs down fine and into the fence

4

Kumara to Sean Williams, FOUR, top shot from Williams. He stays inside the line and crouches low to get it over the gully region. The ball raced away to the fence in a jiffy

4

to Sean Williams, FOUR, positive batting from Williams. He is going for it if it is there in his zone. This time he leans forward and creams the drive through cover

4

to Craig Ervine, FOUR, Zimbabwe continue to sweep. Ervine executes the reverse sweep to perfection. Backward point gives chase only to come second as it was timed well

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Perera to Sean Williams, out Caught by Gunaratne!! This is a big wicket for Perera. He tosses it up and tempts Williams to go for a big shot. Sean Williams gets low and sweeps against the turn, only to get a top edge to the man at backward square leg. Gunaratne takes a neat catch and Zimbabwe are in serious trouble with four men back in the hut. Sean Williams c Gunaratne b Perera 22(26) [4s-4]

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to Raza, SIX, what a way to get off the mark. Straightaway he skips down the track and goes over the top to . Gets going with a six to a tossed up delivery on the stumps

4

Perera to Raza, FOUR, conventional sweep from Raza. Executes it well and spilts the men in the deep on the on-side. It was too full and just outside off, Raza got his bat down in time and collected a boundary

4

to Craig Ervine, FOUR, much more conviction from him as he leans across on the front foot and drives through cover. Didn't try to hit it hard, just timed it nicely. The ball was fuller than the previous one too

4

to Raza, FOUR, aggression from Raza. The length isn't glaringly short, but Raza makes his mind up quickly and pulls it off the front foot through mid-wicket. No half measures there

4

Perera to Craig Ervine, FOUR, waltzes to the pitch of the ball and drills it over mid-off. Excellent shot. He also ensured to move away from the line of the ball a touch to create room for a clean swing

OT

Kumara to Raza, 1 run, that could have been big trouble for Zimbabwe had there been a direct-hit. Or maybe not. Ervine was home with a dive. Back of a length, Raza defends towards point and is called through for a single. Raza stuttered for a bit but there was no hesitation from Ervine. Maybe the fielder went for the wrong end

4

Perera to Craig Ervine, FOUR, superbly done by Ervine. He picks up length very quickly and rocks back to slap it away through point. It wasn't all that short

6

Perera to Craig Ervine, SIX, jumps on the back foot in a flash and bludgeons this over wide long-on. Again, the key is how quickly he picks up length. Smashing pull shot

OT

Perera to Craig Ervine, 1 run, pushes a single to mid-on and brings up his half-century, his third against Sri Lanka. It's come at a crucial time to help Zimbabwe recover from their poor start

4

Kumara to Craig Ervine, FOUR, punched again, but this time Ervine hits it through the covers and beats the deep backward point fielder. Got right on top of the bounce and got stuck into it

W

to Raza, out Lbw!! Raza has got a big stride forward but is given out LBW. He's gone for the review straight away. Okay, so there is bat involved, but it looks like it's hit the pad first. The only thing which can save him is height, because he is so far down. Nope, no problems there. Ball-tracking shows it to be hitting a good two-three inches below the bails. The lack of turn from doing the trick again, as these batsmen continue to play outside the line of the ball. Raza lbw b 36(47) [4s-2 6s-1]

6

to Moor, SIX, goodness me, he's taken on and has slog-swept him for six. Brave shot. Flighted ball, Moor quickly gets down on one knee and drags it over wide long-on from around off-stump

4

Perera to Craig Ervine, FOUR, shortish outside off, Ervine cuts well backward of point. The fielder in the deep gets across in time but takes a bad bump on the dive and the ball rolls through

4

to Craig Ervine, FOUR, fortuitous for Ervine. He punches away from the body and squirts a thick outside edge past gully for four

W

to Moor, out Caught by Lahiru Kumara!! He's holed out at long-on. Oh dear. It's a poor shot, but this wasn't the first time that he tried to go after the slow bowlers. Flighted ball on middle and leg from round the wicket, it looked like Moor wanted to loft it down the ground back over the bowler's head, but the little bit of turn made the bat turn in his hands and he ended up skewing it towards long-on instead. The introduction of has paid off straight away. Moor c Lahiru Kumara b 19(42) [6s-1]

4

to Waller, FOUR, well played. He's quick to latch onto a low full toss. Bends down low and sweeps it crisply behind square to split the two fielders in the deep

4

to Craig Ervine, FOUR, oh hit that. And that's exactly what Ervine does. Rank half-tracker outside off, Ervine flat-bats the pull over mid-on

OT

to Waller, 3 runs, good length outside off, punched firmly through the covers for three. The batsmen were slow through the first two runs and then really had to put their wheels on

4

to Waller, FOUR, short delivery outside off, Waller stands tall and punches it off the back foot through the covers. No chance of stopping that once it beats the infield

4

Kumara to Waller, FOUR, two men give chase. Mathews gives up as the ball has enough to dribble over the boundary rope. Short again outside off, Waller stands tall and punches it past the diving cover fielder

4

Kumara to Craig Ervine, FOUR, how did that reach the boundary? It was a yorker outside off. Ervine got his bat down just in time. The ball kicks off the surface as Ervine jams his bat down. Keeper leaps high, but couldn't get a glove to it. Ervine moves to 99

4

to Waller, FOUR, Waller continues to find boundaries. Touch short and on off-stump. He goes deep in his crease and punches it through the cover-point region

OT

to Craig Ervine, 1 run, there it is. His second Test hundred. What a knock this has been, when the chips were down. He continues to march on. Paddles it down to fine leg and gets to the milestone. Jumps in the air and pumps his fists. Off goes his helmet, the customary raise of the bat. His teammates are up on their feet to applaud the effort

4

Kumara to Craig Ervine, FOUR, good short delivery at the stumps. Ervine was lazy on the pull and the ball takes the top edge over the keeper and into the fence. Lucky boundary for Ervine

W

to Waller, out Bowled!! What a ball that is to get rid of Waller. In fact he set him up for this. The previous ball went straight with the arm. He goes on the back foot to negotiate thinking it would come in, but wan't to be as it turns away to beat the outside edge and it shatters the middle stump. They are delighted with the dismissal. Waller b 36(39) [4s-4]

4

to Cremer, FOUR, flies off the outside edge. It would have been a stunner had Karunaratne at slip got his hand to it. pushes it through a little bit quicker and finds the outside edge as Cremer slashes hard. Runs down to third man for a boundary

W

to Cremer, out Bowled!! Cremer has been cleaned up! Second wicket for , lovely delivery, gave this one plenty of air outside off, drew Cremer into the drive. Cremer couldn't resist, went for the drive against the turn, creates a big gap between bat and pad, the ball snuck through and just about clips the top of the stumps. The bail took its own little time to dislodge, the umpire wants to check if had overstepped - he hadn't and Cremer is on his way. Cremer b 13(33) [4s-1]

4

Perera to Tiripano, FOUR, Tiripano brings out the reverse sweep now, gets down low, rolls his wrists, reverses the stance and sweeps it behind square on the off-side for a boundary

4

Perera to Craig Ervine, FOUR, Ervine brings out the reverse sweep and beats the fielder at backward point. Got down low, used his wrists and gets it behind square on the off-side

4

to Craig Ervine, FOUR, cracking shot, long half-volley from , Ervine leans into the drive, plays it on the up and drills it through extra-cover, no need to run for those

4

to Tiripano, FOUR, Tiripano isn't backing away from a challenge, bends down low, uses the pace on the ball, reverses his stance and gets it behind square on the off-side. Mathews gave up the chase very early

4

to Craig Ervine, FOUR, lovely shot, back of a length and well wide of off, Ervine is on his toes as he punches it through cover-point. No one in the deep and it's another boundary for Ervine

4

to Tiripano, FOUR, poor ball from , drops this one short and down the leg-side, Tiripano swivels across and pulls it past square leg

OT

Perera to Craig Ervine, no run, appeal for LBW and Sri Lanka want a review. Where was the point of impact? It looks like it came straight off Ervine's gloves, didn't hit the pads at all. A wasted review from Sri Lanka. fired this one quicker and flatter as Ervine set himself up for the reverse sweep. A loud shout and Chandimal was convinced into reviewing the NOT OUT call

OT

Perera to Craig Ervine, 1 run, 150 for Ervine and he gets a rousing reception from the dressing rom. Flatter and on Ervine's pads, clipped away behind square on the on-side where there's a slight fumble. No great celebrations though

4

to Tiripano, FOUR, Tiripano finishes Day 1 with a boundary. This was a poor ball from , dropped it short and on the stumps, Tiripano swivels across and pulls it over mid-wicket, a couple of bounces and over the ropes

W

to Tiripano, out Caught by Karunaratne!! Five-wicket haul for , his 30th in Tests. Tiripano is distraught with himself as he walks away, Craig Ervine is in danger of being left stranded. Unnecessary shot costs another Zimbabwe batsman, this was tossed up slower and just outside off, Tiripano was down on his knee as he attempted the reverse sweep, went through with the shot far too early, the ball lobbed off his gloves and it's a dolly to Karunaratne at first slip. Tiripano c Karunaratne b 27(54) [4s-4]

W

Kumara to Craig Ervine, out Caught by Dilruwan Perera!! Ervine falls after a majestic 160. This was short and wide of off, Ervine was looking to ramp it over the slip cordon, got it a lot squarer than he wanted. Dilruwan runs across to his right at third man, slides and pouches the catch. Zimbabwe have been bowled out for 356. Craig Ervine c Dilruwan Perera b Kumara 160(256) [4s-13 6s-1]

INDIA TOUR OF SRI LANKA 2017 - SCHEDULE
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July 26-30 1st Test
INDIA WON
Aug 3-7 2nd Test INDIA WON
Aug 12-16 3rd TestINDIA WON
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INDIA TOUR OF SRI LANKA 2017 - SCHEDULE
Date Match Details Result
July 26-30 1st Test
INDIA WON
Aug 3-7 2nd Test INDIA WON
Aug 12-16 3rd TestINDIA WON
Aug 20 1st ODI -
Aug 24 2nd ODI -
Aug 27 3rd ODI -