Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2 Test Series, 2020

Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka - 2nd Test

Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare

Date: 27 January-31 January, 2020

Sri Lanka 204/3

RR: 2.34 | Zimbabwe drew with Sri Lanka

commentary

The series goes 1-0 to the Lankans. Dimuth Karunaratne is joined by his teammates as he receives the trophy. The pitches in Zimbabwe are by no means sporty and all we got is two dull, boring matches. Zimbabwe now head to Bangladesh while the Lankans go back home to receive West Indies. Hopefully, those matches should be more entertaining. See ya!

Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lankan skipper, says that Zimbabwe dominated them on all the four days. He also adds that it is not easy to come back after a drubbing but Zimbabwe bounced back. He also mentions that it is not easy to bat on Day 5 but his boys showed great grit and Mendis especially played a great hand. He ends by saying that he is proud of his boys and is looking forward to their series against West Indies.

Man of the Series is Angelo Mathews. He says it is always nice to contribute with the bat. Adds that the support staff did well to support him. Credits Zimbabwe for fighting hard and playing well. Mentions in the first Test the wicket was easy to bat on and in this Test, they had to literally grind out session by session. Ends by praising Kusal Mendis who did well to save the Test match.

Man of The Match, Sikandar Raza says that he feels nice that he channelized the emotions in the right way. Shares that he worked hard when he was off the field. Further says that he had worked hard in the nets and the result is there to be seen. He is satisfied with his performance in this Test. Signs off by saying that he is looking forward to playing a lot more cricket for Zimbabwe.

Sean Williams, the Zimbabwe skipper, says that they are happy with the way they played. He also thanks Brendan Taylor for leading the team in his absence. Applauds the efforts put by Raza for bowling well in the first innings. Adds there are a lot of challenges with the field placing. Williams also says that it was difficult to motivate the boys. Mentions the new faces in the team gave their best. He also shares that the boys are excited for their tour of Bangladesh.

Oshada Fernando's departure did not create a panic situation in the visiting camp as Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews weathered the storm by playing everything that was thrown at them by the Zimbabwean bowlers. Mathews returned to the pavilion courtesy of a good catch by Craig Ervine. Kusal Mendis continued his good play and was ably supported by Dinesh Chandimal who played 75 balls for his 13 runs. Mendis also reached his 7th Test ton in the process. Stay tuned for the presentation...

In the final innings, on the final day, the writing was on the wall in terms of a result. Given that Raza took a 7-fer in the first innings, one might have expected an encore in the second, with the pitch turning. But this time, the Lankans had learnt their lesson. The batsmen dug in, spending time on the wicket, especially the likes of Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis and kept the bowlers at bay.

Coming to Sri Lanka, well, they underperformed in this game. They come from a region where playing spin is an art but they meekly surrendered to Raza's off spin in their first innings. They struggled with the ball in both innings, with the bowlers not being that penetrative.

Now, the saying goes that when an opportunity knocks on your door, do not close the door. Zimbabwe perhaps did that. They just could not get a sense of when to declare and kept on batting, in spite of poor forecast on Day 4, which perhaps, killed their chances of a win. Did they feel that Sri Lanka would chase down anything close to even 300 with 3-and-a-half sessions? A bit of more exposure and experience would have made them declare earlier.

They backed it up with a good bowling performance as well, with Raza using the spin on the track to good effect. His 7-fer floored the Lankans and helped the hosts get a lead of 113. Massive, in such circumstances.

Normally, once you get 400-plus on the board, it is very difficult to lose. And Zimbabwe got that total, batting first. Riding high on Sean Williams' century and a couple of half centuries from Sikandar Raza and Brendan Taylor, they did post a good total.

Finally, the game ends. Not surprisingly, in a tame draw. This was always on the cards after rain spoilt the show on Days 3 and 4 but credit to Zimbabwe for not bowing down.

86.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flighted delivery on off, Mendis keeps it out. So there is handshakes all around. THE MATCH ENDS IN A DRAW! SRI LANKA WIN THE SERIES 1-0!
86.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Kusal offers a solid defense on this one.
86.4
0
S Raza to K Mendis, Floated delivery on off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes just past first slip.
86.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis offers a solid defense on this one.
86.2
1
S Raza to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on off, Chandimal pushes it towards point for a single.
86.1
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
85.6
0
D Tiripano to K Mendis, Full and on off, Mendis drives it to mid off.
85.5
0
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Full and down the leg side, Dinesh misses the flick and the ball goes off the pads to the keeper who fails to collect it cleanly by going to his left. A leg bye taken.
85.4
2
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Length ball on off, Chandimal looks to defend it but gets squared up. The ball takes the leading edge and goes towards point for a couple.
85.3
0
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Length ball around off, Chandimal blocks it by coming on the back foot.
85.2
0
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Length ball outside off, Chandimal shoulders arms to it.
85.1
0
D Tiripano to Chandimal, Full delivery on off, Chandimal plays it to covers.
84.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, On middle, Mendis keeps it out.
84.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Kusal defends it off the front foot.
84.4
0
S Raza to Mendis, Full delivery on middle, Mendis drives it to mid on.
84.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Floated delivery on middle, Mendis nudges it to square leg.
84.2
4
S Raza to Mendis, FOUR! Excellent shot. Full delivery on off, Mendis drives it through mid off for a boundary. 200 up for Sri Lanka.
84.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on off, Mendis plays it to point.
83.6
1
D Tiripano to Mendis, Fuller one on middle and leg, Mendis flicks it wide of the mid on fielder and takes a run.
83.5
2
D Tiripano to K Mendis, Overpitched on off, Mendis drives it through mid on and takes an easy couple.
83.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Another one outside off, Mendis is not interested to play at it.
83.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Outside off and seamed away from the batsman. Mendis lets it be.
83.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball and just outside off, Mendis is aware of his off pole. He makes a leave there.
83.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball coming in on off, Mendis pushes it off the back foot towards covers.
82.6
0
Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery outside off, Chandimal comes forward to defend but misses it and gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
82.5
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Floated delivery on middle, Chandimal flicks it to square leg.
82.4
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on middle, Dinesh blocks it off the front foot.
82.3
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Loopy delivery on off, Chandimal keeps it out.
82.2
0
S Raza to Chandimal, BEATEN! Flighted delivery just outside off, Chandimal looks to cut but misses it.
82.1
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.

DRINKS BREAK! This also signals the beginning of the last hour of the match. Almost 14 overs remain and still there are no signs of handshakes from either of the teams. See you on the other side of the break.

81.6
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, On a good length on middle, Kusal defends it off the back foot.
81.5
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Kusal blocks it off the front foot.
81.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis leaves it alone.
81.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Bowls a yorker on middle, Mendis digs it out.
81.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, On a good length and outside off, Mendis offers no shot to this one.
81.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis shoulders arms to this one.

Donald Tiripano is on now. 13-9-10-0 are his figures so far.

80.6
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Floated delivery on off, Chandimal defends it out.
80.5
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on middle, Chandimal keeps it out.
80.4
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Loopy delivery on off, Chandimal offers a solid defense on this one.
80.3
1
S Raza to K Mendis, Short delivery on middle, Mendis pulls it through square leg for a run.
80.2
0
S Raza to Mendis, Floated delivery on off, Mendis punches it to point.
80.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on off, Mendis comes down the track and blocks it.

The second new ball is available and it has been taken straightaway.

79.6
0
T Mutombodzi to D Chandimal, Short delivery on off, Chandimal cuts it to point.
79.5
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Floated delivery on off, Chandimal keeps it out.
79.4
1
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Loopy delivery on middle, Mendis sweeps it through square leg for a run.
79.3
2
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis sweeps it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
79.2
0
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Tossed up delivery outside off, Mendis shoulders arms to this one.
79.1
4
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, FOUR! That is hammered! Short delivery on middle, Mendis pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
78.6
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Floated on off, pushed off the front foot towards cover.
78.5
0
S Raza to Chandimal, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
78.4
0
Raza to Chandimal, Another appeal of LBW but the umpire is not interested. He floats on on off and dinesh goes for the flick down the leg side but he misses it and is rapped on the pads. The bowler and his teammates appeal but the umpire is is no mood to give out. Maybe height was an issue here as the ball might be going over the stumps.
78.3
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Floated on middle, Chandimal tucks it to mid-wicket.
78.2
1
S Raza to Mendis, Full on middle, Mendis flicks it off the front foot towards long on and gets to the other end.
78.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Floated outside off, pushed off the front foot towards mid off.
77.6
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on off, Dinesh defends it out.
77.5
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Loopy delivery on middle, Chandimal flicks it to mid-wicket.
77.4
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
77.3
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Floated delivery on middle, Chandimal defends it off the back foot.
77.2
0
Mutombodzi to Chandimal, BEATEN! That kept low! Flighted delivery outside off, Chandimal looks to cut but misses it as the ball kept very low.
77.1
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, An appeal from Mutombodzi there but the umpire is unmoved. He tosses one up and Chandimal comes to the line of delivery to defend it. But he fails to spot the googly and is rapped on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire is unmoved. Maybe the impact was outside off.
76.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, On middle, Mendis offers a solid defense on this one.
76.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis blocks it off the front foot.
76.4
0
S Raza to Mendis, Floated delivery on off, Mendis defends it out.
76.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Full delivery on middle, Mendis drives it to mid on.
76.2
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
76.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis keeps it out.

Aleem Dar is back! He is seen taking his accessories back from Christopher Phiri.

75.6
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, On off, Chandimal blocks it well.
75.5
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Floated delivery on middle, Chandimal flicks it towards short leg.
75.4
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Outside off, Dinesh shoulders arms to this one.
75.3
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Loopy delivery on off, Chandimal keeps it out.
75.2
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on middle, Chandimal blocks it off the back foot.
75.1
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal drives it to mid off.
74.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flatter and on off, blocked to the off side off the back foot.
74.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flatter and on off, pushed of the back foot towards covers.
74.4
6
S Raza to Mendis, SIX! That's a ton for Mendis. He gets there with a hit. 7th one off his Test career. Raza floats one on middle and Mendis dances down the track and lofts it over the long on fence for a biggie. He has done his job by taking Sri Lanka to safer shores. He has ensured that his team does not lose from here.
74.3
1
S Raza to Chandimal, Floated on middle and off, Dinesh punches it off the back foot towards covers.
74.2
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Fuller and around off, Chandimal blocks it with soft hands towards short leg.
74.1
1
S Raza to Mendis, Short ball wide outside off, Mendis pulls it towards mid wicket for a run.

Sikandar Raza is back on. 25-8-48-1 are his figures so far.

73.6
0
S Williams to Chandimal, Floated on off, blocked off the front foot towards the off side.
73.5
0
S Williams to Chandimal, Another floated ball on off and middle and Chandimal blocks it off the front foot.
73.4
0
S Williams to Chandimal, Tossed up around middle, Chandimal pushes it back to the bowler.
73.3
1
S Williams to Mendis, Flatter on leg, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
73.2
0
S Williams to Mendis, Full and around off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
73.1
1
S Williams to Chandimal, Full and on the pads, Dinesh tucks it to short fine leg for a run.
72.6
1
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Full delivery on off, Chandimal drives it towards point for a single.
72.5
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal blocks it off the front foot.
72.4
1
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Loopy delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
72.3
0
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Floated delivery on middle, Kusal blocks it off the front foot.
72.2
0
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis offers no shot to this one.
72.1
0
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Flighted delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
71.6
0
S Williams to Chandimal, Another tossed up ball on off and Chandimal is forward in defense.
71.5
0
S Williams to Chandimal, Tossed up around off, Dinesh blocks it off the front foot.
71.4
2
S Williams to Chandimal, Flatter and outside off, Chandimal drives it thriugh cover-point and gets a couple.
71.3
0
S Williams to Chandimal, Tossed up on off, Chandoimal pushes it off the front foot.
71.2
1
S Williams to Mendis, Full and on the leg stump, Mendis pulls it towards mid-wicket and gets a run.
71.1
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up on middle and leg, defended toward short leg.
70.6
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on off, Dinesh keeps it out.
70.5
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, On middle, Chandimal offers a solid defense on this one.
70.4
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal blocks it off the front foot.
70.3
1
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Loopy delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
70.2
4
T Mutombodzi to K Mendis, FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Mendis pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
70.1
1
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Floated delivery on middle, Chandimal flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
69.6
0
S Williams to Mendis, On off, Mendis offers a forward defense on this one.
69.5
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
69.4
0
S Williams to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot.
69.3
2
S Williams to K Mendis, Short delivery on middle, Mendis pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
69.2
0
S Williams to Mendis, Flighted delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
69.1
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis keeps it out.

Aleem Dar is walking off the field. Not sure what has happened. He was seen holding his neck as he trudged off the field. Christopher Phiri is the reserve umpire who will dispense the duties in place of Aleem Dar. But he will only be standing at the square leg position.

68.6
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
68.5
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Floated and spinning away outside off, Chandimal lets it be.
68.4
0
T Mutombodzi to D Chandimal, another tossed up ball on off, Chandimal drives it to covers.
68.3
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Tossed up, Chandimal punches it off the back foot towards covers.
68.2
3
T Mutombodzi to K Mendis, Tossed up outside off, Mendis drives it through covers for a comfortable three.
68.1
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Loopy ball down the leg side, Chandimal misses the flick and the ball roll towards short fine leg. A bye taken
67.6
0
S Williams to Mendis, Flighted delivery on off, Mendis keeps it out.
67.5
0
S Williams to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis offers no shot to this one.
67.4
0
S Williams to Mendis, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
67.3
0
S Williams to Mendis, Loopy delivery on middle, Mendis keeps it out.
67.2
1
S Williams to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on off, Chandimal punches it towards point for a single.
67.1
0
S Williams to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.

We are back for the final session of the match. The players are out in the middle. Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal will resume their batting for Sri Lanka. Sean Williams will start the proceedings for Zimbabwe in the final session.

... Day 5, Session 3 ...

Another session comes to an end and we are heading closely to the end of this Test. Just a session more and we all know the outcome here. 30 overs bowled by the Zimbabwean bowlers and Sri Lanka just waiting for the game to end. With 205 runs needed more for Sri Lankan win, it looks impossible that the Islanders will go behind it. The Zimbabwean hopes of a win are almost lost after the 81-run stand between Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis took the momentum away from the hosts. Sri Lanka lost Mathews against the run of play. Mendis continues to shine and hold one end up. 29 overs still remain in the game and Zimbabwe need 7 wickets to get an unlikely win here. With lights too fading a draw is what is the likely outcome. Join us back in about 20 minutes.

66.6
0
T Mutombodzi to Mendis, Floated delivery on middle, Mendis nudges it to square leg. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 5!
66.5
1
T Mutombodzi to D Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on off, Chandimal looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The batsmen cross ends.
66.4
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Outside off, Dinesh lets it go.
66.3
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Loopy delivery on off, Dinesh plays it to point.
66.2
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Flighted delivery outside off, Chandimal offers no shot to this one.
66.1
0
T Mutombodzi to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on middle, Chandimal defends it out.

Tinotenda Mutombodzi is finally here to bowl in the second innings.

65.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Good length delivery on middle, Kusal keeps it out.
65.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot.
65.4
2
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis punches it through point. The batsmen pick up a couple.
65.3
4
V Nyauchi to Mendis, FOUR! Nicely played! Full delivery on leg, Mendis flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary.
65.2
2
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis taps it through point. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it. The batsmen get two runs.
65.1
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on middle, Mendis blocks it off the back foot.
64.6
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on leg, Dinesh flicks it towards short fine leg.
64.5
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on middle, Chandimal keeps it out.
64.4
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Floated delivery on off, Chandimal blocks it off the front foot.
64.3
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Loopy delivery on middle, Chandimal nudges it to mid-wicket.
64.2
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Flighted delivery on off, Dinesh keeps it out.
64.1
0
S Raza to Chandimal, Tossed up delivery on middle, Chandimal offers a solid defense on this one.
63.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on off, Mendis keeps it out. Just 1 run from the over.
63.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Full delivery outside off, Mendis looks to drive but gets a bottom edge on this one.
63.4
1
V Nyauchi to Chandimal, Almost a run out there! Length delivery on middle, Chandimal flicks it towards square leg and takes a quick single. The fielder goes for a direct hit at the keeper's end but misses it. The keeper, Regis Chakabva too fails to gather the ball cleanly as the whips the bails off without being in contact with the ball. Mendis gets in safely.
63.3
0
V Nyauchi to Chandimal, Full delivery on off, Chandimal defends it off the front foot.
63.2
0
V Nyauchi to Chandimal, On a good length on off, Mendis defends it towards point.
63.1
0
V Nyauchi to Chandimal, Bowls a yorker on middle, Chandimal digs it out.
62.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Kusal offers a solid defense on this one.
62.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, Floated delivery on middle, Mendis blocks it off the back foot.
62.4
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot.
62.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis tucks it towards the leg side.

Kusal Mendis is in a bit of pain here. He is struggling with his back. The physio is out in the middle. He seems to be fine to continue after some pain relief gel is applied on his lower back.

62.2
4
S Raza to Mendis, FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Mendis pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
62.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis pushes it to mid-wicket.
61.6
0
V Nyauchi to Chandimal, On a good length on off, Dinesh offers a solid defense on this one.
61.5
0
V Nyauchi to Chandimal, Good length delivery on middle, Chandimal keeps it out.
61.4
1
V Nyauchi to K Mendis, Full delivery on off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes past first slip towards third man. The batsmen cross ends.
61.3
1
V Nyauchi to Chandimal, On a length on middle, Chandimal flicks it towards mid-wicket and gets off the mark.

Dinesh Chandimal is the new man in.

61.2
0
V Nyauchi to A Mathews, OUT! CAUGHT! Soft dismissal for Mathews. On a good length on middle, Mathews pushes it uppishly towards silly mid on where Craig Ervine takes a sharp catch. The ball was travelling quickly towards Ervine but he holds onto it. Is there any more drama left in this Test?
61.1
0
V Nyauchi to Mathews, On a good length on middle, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
60.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it to square leg.
60.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, Floated delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it to mid-wicket.
60.4
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis blocks it well.
60.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis keeps it out.
60.2
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on off, Mendis plays it to point.
60.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Full delivery on middle, Mendis drives it back towards the bowler.
59.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mathews, On a good length on middle, Mathews defends it off the back foot.
59.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mathews, Length delivery outside off, Mathews punches it to covers.
59.4
0
V Nyauchi to Mathews, On a good length on off, Angelo keeps it out.
59.3
0
V Nyauchi to Mathews, Good length delivery on middle, Mathews blocks it off the front foot.
59.2
0
V Nyauchi to Mathews, On a good length on off, Mathews defends it out.
59.1
0
V Nyauchi to Mathews, Outside off, Mathews offers no shot to this one.
58.6
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it to square leg.
58.5
0
S Raza to Mendis, On middle, Mendis keeps it out.
58.4
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Kusal offers a solid defense on this one.
58.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis blocks it well.
58.2
1
S Raza to A Mathews, Full delivery on middle, Mathews drives it through mid on for a single.
58.1
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mathews blocks it off the back foot.
57.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis offers no shot to this one.
57.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot.
57.4
4
V Nyauchi to Mendis, FOUR! Amazing shot. Short delivery on middle, Mendis pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
57.3
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis shoulders arms to this one.
57.2
4
V Nyauchi to K Mendis, FOUR! Cracking shot. Short and outside off, Mendis cuts it hard through point for a boundary.
57.1
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on middle, Mendis nudges it to mid-wicket.
56.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Floted on off, pushed towards the off side off the back foot.
56.5
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up on middle and leg, Mathews dances down the track and flicks it but only to find the fielder at short mid-wicket.
56.4
0
S Raza to Mathews, Fuller and down the leg side, Mathews lets it go. The keeper collects it by going down low on his left.
56.3
0
Raza to Mathews, Mendis is once again lucky. Raza tosses one up outside off, Mathews drives it towards covers. Mendis though calls him for a single and both the batsman take off. Tinotenda Mutombodzi though is quick in the field at covers as he gathers the ball and releases it quickly towards Raza. Mathews though has an eye on the ball and sends his partner in a hurry. Raza collects the ball and whips the bails off but Mendis had by that time made his ground safe.
56.2
1
S Raza to K Mendis, Short and turning in, Mendis pulls it through mid-wicket and gets a run.
56.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flatter and on off, Mendis plays it off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
55.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mathews, Length delivery on off, Angelo plays it to point.
55.5
0
V Nyauchi to A Mathews, On a good length on off, Mathews looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes safely towards the slip region.
55.4
1
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a length on middle, Mendis flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
55.3
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length and outside off, Mendis leaves it alone.
55.2
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Outside off, Kusal shoulders arms to this one.
55.1
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Full delivery on off, Mendis drives it back towards the bowler.

Victor Nyauchi is back on. 6-2-23-0 are his figures so far.

54.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Flatter and on the pads, Mathews works it towards the leg side.
54.5
0
S Raza to Mathews, Oohs and Aahs from the Zimbawe close-in fielder! Flatter on middle and leg, Mathews looks to tuck it off the back foot towards the leg side but the ball takes the inside edge and falls on the boots of Mathews. Later the ball rolls past the leg stump too.
54.4
0
S Raza to Mathews, Floated on middle and leg, Mathews tucks it towards mid-wicket.
54.3
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up around middle and leg, Mathews punches it off the back foot towards mid on.
54.2
0
S Raza to Mathews, Flatter and on middle and leg, Mathews looks to tickle it fine but can only block it back to the bowler.
54.1
0
S Raza to Mathews, Full and on off and middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.

Drinks Break! It has been a good hour for Sri Lanka despite losing Oshada Fernando early on in the hour. But Mendis has continued to play his part and Mathews has joined him in the middle to manoeuvre the Sri Lankan innings slowly and steadily. Another sedate hour awaits.

53.6
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Back of a length ball outside off, Mendis punches it off the back foot towards covers.
53.5
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Outside off, left alone this time by Mendis.
53.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Fuller and around off, Mendis defends it towards covers.
53.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Another short of good length ball on off, Mendis pushes it towards mid on off the front foot.
53.2
0
D Tiripano to K Mendis, Short of length and outside off, Mendis drives it to mid off.
53.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Full and angled on the off pole, Mendis plays it right under his eyes.
52.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up delivery on off, Mathews keeps it out.
52.5
0
S Raza to Mathews, Raza bowls it down the leg side, Mathews lets it go.
52.4
0
S Raza to Mathews, Loopy delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.
52.3
0
S Raza to Mathews, Full on middle, Mathews comes down the track and drives it to mid on.
52.2
0
S Raza to A Mathews, Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews defends it towards mid on.
52.1
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up delivery on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
51.6
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Fuller in length and around off, Mendis keeps it to the offside.
51.5
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Full ball and on off, Mendis plays the cover drive but finds the fielder there.
51.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball around off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot towards covers.
51.3
0
D Tiripano to K Mendis, EDGED AND SAFE! Mendis is lucky once more as the edge drops short of the first slip. Tiripano bowls one fuller and angles into the off pole. Mendis plays for the original line but the ball straightens a bit to take the outside edge. The ball goes towards the first slip fielder but the ball bounces in front of him. Lucky escape there for Mendis for the umpteenth time.
51.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Full and around off, Mendis pushes it towards covers off the front foot.
51.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball outside off, Mendis makes a leave.
50.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up on middle and leg, Mathews tucks it towards mid-wicket.
50.5
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up and turning down the leg side, Mathews goes for the tuck fine down the leg side but he misses it. The keeper collects it and appeals for a strangle down the leg side but the umpire is unmoved.
50.4
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up on middle, Mathews tucks it to square leg.
50.3
4
S Raza to Mathews, Short and wide outside off, Mathews rocks on the back foot and punches it through cover-point and the ball races to the fence.
50.2
1
S Raza to Mendis, Full ball on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket.
50.1
1
S Raza to Mathews, Full and on middle and leg, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
49.6
0
D Tiripano to K Mendis, Full and on off, Mendis plays it to point off the front foot.
49.5
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Another ball outside off and Mendis does not fiddle with it.
49.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Good length and around off, Mendis shows the full face of the bat and drives it to mid on.
49.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball outside off, Mathews lets it be.
49.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Full and outside off, Mendis plays it back to the bowler who fails to get a hand to it. The ball goes towards mid on where the fielder fields it.
49.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Full and angling on off, played off the front foot towards covers.
48.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Floated delivery on middle, Angelo nudges it to mid-wicket.
48.5
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mathews blocks it well.
48.4
0
S Raza to A Mathews, Full delivery on off, Mathews drives it to mid off.
48.3
1
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis comes down the track and drives it through mid on for a single.
48.2
1
S Raza to Mathews, Flighted delivery on middle, Angelo flicks it through square leg for a run.
48.1
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up delivery outside off, Mathews looks to defend but gets hit on the pads.
47.6
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Another short of length ball on off, Mendis plays it off the front foot to the off side.
47.5
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Back of a length ball on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot towards covers.
47.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Fuller in length and on off, Mendis plays the back foot punch towards mid off.
47.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Oh! Mendis has edged one but is lucky to not get it to the fielder. He is in two minds as he plays it. Tiripano bowls a length ball on off, Mendis is on the back foot to play it. The ball jags back a bit and catches the face of the bat and the ball rolls towards the slip cordon. Lucky for him that it was played with soft hands.
47.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball around off, Mendis makes a leave.
47.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards covers.
46.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Another one on middle, driven towards mid on.
46.5
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up ball on off, pushed to mid on.
46.4
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up on middle, Mathews looks to tuck it past short leg but gets an inside edge past the short leg fielder towards short fine leg.
46.3
0
S Raza to Mathews, Floated around off, Angelo pushes it to covers.
46.2
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up around off, Mathews pushes it back to the bowler.
46.1
0
S Raza to Mathews, Tossed up on middle, tucked towards short leg.
45.6
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length delivery on off, safely negotiated.
45.5
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball and on off, Mendis blocks it off the inside half of the bat towards leg side. There is a bit of extra bounce there too as Mendis' one hand comes off the handle as he defends it.
45.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Fuller and outside off, shaping away from Mendis. He makes a leave once more.
45.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball and well wide of off stump, Kusal shoulders arms to it.
45.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Good length ball on off, Mendis blocks it off the front foot and right under his eyes.
45.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length ball outside off, shaping away from the right-hander. Mendis makes a leave.

Donald Tiripano is back on. 8-4-10-0 are his figures so far.

44.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Full delivery on middle, Mathews defends it out.
44.5
0
S Raza to Mathews, Floated delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it to square leg.
44.4
0
S Raza to Mathews, Full delivery on middle, Mathews drives it to mid on.
44.3
0
S Raza to Mathews, Loopy delivery on middle, Angelo offers a solid defense on this one.
44.2
0
S Raza to Mathews, Flighted delivery on off, Mathews comes down the track and blocks it.
44.1
1
S Raza to K Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis drives it through mid on for a run.
43.6
1
S Williams to Mendis, Flatter and on off, Mendis punches it off the back foot towards covers for a run.
43.5
1
S Williams to Mathews, Flatter and on the pads, Mathews tucks it towards the leg side and takes a quick single this time.
43.4
0
S Williams to Mathews, Full on off, Mathews pushes it to covers.
43.3
0
S Williams to Mathews, Rip and turn for Williams. He bowls it flatter and outside off, Mathews adjusts well to drop his wrists there as the ball bounces and goes past him towards the bowler.
43.2
0
S Williams to Mathews, Shorter and on off, a bit of bounce there as well. Mathews punches the ball off the back foot. The ball is in the air for a bit of time but no harm done.
43.1
1
S Williams to Mendis, Flatter and on middle and leg, Mendis tucks it to square leg and takes a run.
42.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Floated on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot and back to the bowler.
42.5
1
S Raza to Mendis, Flatter and on middle and leg, Mendis pulls it towards mid-wicket and takes a run.
42.4
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flatter and on leg, tucked to square leg.
42.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flatter and outside off, Mendis punches it to covers off the back foot.
42.2
0
S Raza to Mendis, Fuller and on middle, Mendis tucks it to square leg.
42.1
1
S Raza to Mathews, Flatter and on middle and leg, Mathews works it to mid-wicket and gets off the strike.
41.6
0
S Williams to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis defends it out.
41.5
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on off, Kusal offers a solid defense on this one.
41.4
1
S Williams to Mathews, Floated delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
41.3
0
S Williams to Mathews, Loopy delivery on off, Mathews keeps it out.
41.2
0
S Williams to Mathews, Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews blocks it off the back foot.
41.1
0
S Williams to Mathews, Tossed up delivery on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
40.6
1
S Raza to Mathews, Floated on leg, Mathews works it down the leg side and retains the strike.
40.5
0
S Raza to Mathews, Full ball once again on middle and leg, Mathews flicks it only to find the man at mid-wicket.
40.4
1
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up ball on middle and leg, Mendis tucks it towards square leg and gets to the other end.
40.3
1
S Raza to Mathews, Full and on middle and leg, Mathews works it towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
40.2
0
S Raza to Mathews, Full and on off, Mathews punches it off the back foot towards the bowler.
40.1
1
S Raza to Mendis, Floated on middle and leg, Mendis turns it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end. He also brings up his 12th fifty. A superb hand he has played there. He will look to continue and stay a bit longer in the middle.
39.6
0
S Williams to Mathews, Loopy delivery on off, Angelo defends it out.
39.5
0
S Williams to Mathews, Flighted delivery on middle, Angelo keeps it out.
39.4
0
S Williams to Mathews, Tossed up delivery on off, Mathews blocks it off the front foot.
39.3
0
S Williams to Mathews, BEATEN! Turn and bounce on this one. Loopy delivery just outside off, Mathews looks to defend but misses it due to the turn on this one.
39.2
1
S Williams to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis drives it through mid on for a single.
39.1
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis defends it off the back foot.
38.6
0
S Raza to Mathews, Flatter and on middle, Mathews tucks it to the leg side.
38.5
1
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up ball on middle, Mendis tucks it towards mid wicket and gets to the other end.
38.4
0
S Raza to Mendis, Full and on middle and leg, Mendis drives it towards mid on.
38.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flatter and around leg, Mendis tucks it towards square leg.
38.2
1
S Raza to Mathews, Flatter and around off, Mathews punches it towards mid on and takes a run to get off the mark.

Angelo Mathews is the new batsman in.

38.1
0
S Raza to Fernando, OUT! LBW! Oshada Fernando looks distraught as he takes the long walk back. It is that man Sikandar Raza who strikes in his first ball after the Lunch break. Raza bowls from round the wicket and tosses one up on middle and off, Fernando there goes for the sweep but is beaten there. The ball hits his pads flush in front of the stumps. Raza and his teammates appeal and up goes the finger of the umpire. Replays show that the ball might be hitting middle and leg.

Sikandar Raza to bowl from the other end.

37.6
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up and outside off, Mendis leaves it.
37.5
0
S Williams to Mendis, Floated on off, Mendis keeps it out with a forward push.
37.4
0
S Williams to Mendis, Another flighted ball on off, Mendis is happy to block it off the front foot.
37.3
1
S Williams to Fernando, Tossed up and on off, Fernando defends it towards point for a single.
37.2
1
S Williams to Mendis, Floated on off, Mendis runs it down towards third man and gets to the other end.
37.1
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up around off, Mendis keeps it out with a forward block.

We are back for the second session. The players are out in the middle. Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis will resume their batting for Sri Lanka. It is a bit gloomy out there. Still there are no signs of rain. It might come in the later part of the day. But looking at the current scenario a draw looks on the cards but let us see what this session brings in. Sean William will start the proceedings for the second session.

... Day 5, Session 2 ...

It took just one ball for Zimbabwe to declare. Sri Lanka have lost one wicket and Fernando and Mendis have done well to stay there. The Zimbabwe bowlers have done well to keep it tight but are not able to strike quickly. The visitors lost Karunaratne early but Oshada and Kusal have ensured to frustrate the hosts out there by stitching a fifty- run stand. Still 59 overs left in the day and it seems like Sri Lanka have made up their mind of playing for a draw. Is there still drama left in the day? Join us back at 1240 local (1040 GMT) to know more.

36.6
1
D Tiripano to Mendis, Full and angled on middle, Mendis flicks it towards mid-wicket and retains the strike. With this the umpire flicks the bails off. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 5!
36.5
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Back of a length ball on middle, Mendis punches it off the back foot towards mid on.
36.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Another one angled on middle and on fuller length too. Mendis blocks it off the front foot towards mid-wicket.
36.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Full and angled on middle, Mendis turns it off the front foot towards mid-wicket.
36.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Back of a length ball on off, Mendis blocks it to the off side off the front foot.
36.1
1
D Tiripano to Fernando, Full and around off and middle, Oshada flicks it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
35.6
1
S Williams to Fernando, Flighted delivery on off, Fernando punches it towards long on for a run.
35.5
0
S Williams to Fernando, BEATEN! Tossed up delivery just outside off, Fernando looks to defend but misses it.
35.4
0
S Williams to Fernando, Floated delivery on middle, Oshada punches it to point.
35.3
0
S Williams to Fernando, Loopy delivery on off, Kusal keeps it out.
35.2
1
S Williams to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis pushes it towards mid on for a run.
35.1
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on off, Mendis blocks it off the front foot.
34.6
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, On a good length on off, Fernando looks to defend but gets a bottom edge on this one.
34.5
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Fernando keeps it out.
34.4
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, On a length on off, Fernando plays it to point.
34.3
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Outside off, Oshada offers no shot to this one.
34.2
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Full delivery on middle, Fernando drives it to mid on.
34.1
1
D Tiripano to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis punches it towards covers where the fielder misfields and concedes a run.
33.6
1
S Williams to Mendis, Short and on leg, Mendis pulls it through backward square leg and retains the strike. 100-up for Sri Lanka. Still they require 261 for an unlikely victory.
33.6
0
S Williams to Mendis, Williams has overstepped ! No Ball called! A rare sight from the spinner. Tossed up around off, Mendis pushes it towards covers where the bowler goes to his left and fields it.
33.5
0
S Williams to Mendis, Full and on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot towards the off side.
33.4
0
S Williams to Mendis, Floated on middle and off, Mendis stays on the back foot and keeps it out towards covers.
33.3
1
S Williams to Fernando, Full and on middle, Fernando flicks it through mid-wicket but can only get a run as there is protection out in the deep.
33.2
0
S Williams to Fernando, Tossed up and on off, Fernando lunges forward and keeps it out towards covers.
33.1
1
S Williams to Mendis, Flatter and shorter on middle and leg, Mendis pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.

Sean Williams is back on. 6-0-28-0 are his figures so far.

32.6
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Length delivery around off, Fernando blocks it off the front foot towards covers to see of the over.
32.5
3
D Tiripano to Mendis, Short of length ball outside off, Mendis stands tall and cuts it past cover-point for a comfortable three.
32.4
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Good length delivery but not in the playing zone of the batsman. Kusal lets it be.
32.3
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Another ball which is on the fuller side and around off, Mendis prods forward and keeps it out to the off side.
32.2
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Full and on off, Mendis defends it off the front foot towards covers.
32.1
0
D Tiripano to Mendis, Tiripano starts his new spell with a length ball outside off, Mendis does not offer the shot there.

Donald Tiripano is back on. 5-4-4-0 are his figures so far.

31.6
0
S Raza to Fernando, Flatter and around middle and leg, Fernando blocks it to the mid-wicket region.
31.5
0
S Raza to Fernando, Floated on middle and leg, Fernando tucks it to the leg side.
31.4
1
S Raza to Mendis, Full and angling on the pads, Mendis flicks it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
31.3
1
S Raza to Fernando, Flatter and on leg, Fernando tucks it towards short fine leg and takes a quick single.
31.2
1
S Raza to Mendis, Floated on middle and leg, Mendis works it past the short leg fielder and gets to the other end.
31.1
4
S Raza to K Mendis, FOUR! Shorter and turning in towards middle, Mendis rocks on the back foot and pulls it superbly through mid-wicket and the ball has enough on it to reach the fence.
30.6
4
V Nyauchi to Fernando, FOUR! On a good length on off, Fernando looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes between first slip and second slip towards third man for a boundary.
30.5
0
V Nyauchi to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Oshada blocks it well.
30.4
0
Nyauchi to Fernando, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Fernando looks to push but misses it.
30.3
0
V Nyauchi to O Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Fernando looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes safely towards first slip.
30.2
1
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length delivery on leg, Mendis flicks it towards fine leg for a run.
30.1
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on off, Mendis blocks it out.
29.6
1
S Raza to Mendis, Full again on middle, Mendis drives it through mid on for a run.
29.5
1
S Raza to O Fernando, Short delivery on middle, Fernando pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
29.4
0
S Raza to O Fernando, Full delivery on middle, Fernando drives it to mid on.
29.3
2
S Raza to Fernando, Loopy delivery on off, Fernando guides it towards third man. The batsmen get two runs.
29.2
0
S Raza to Fernando, Flighted delivery on off, Oshada comes down the track and blocks it.
29.1
0
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up delivery on middle, Fernando flicks it to mid-wicket.
28.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on middle, Mendis blocks it off the front foot.
28.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis lets it go.
28.4
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on off, Kusal blocks it off the back foot.
28.3
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Good length delivery outside off, Mendis shoulders arms to this one.
28.2
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Outside off, Mendis offers no shot to this one.
28.1
4
V Nyauchi to K Mendis, EDGED AND FOUR! Full delivery on off, Mendis looks to defend but gets an outside edge. It goes between the keeper and the first slip towards third man for a boundary. 50-run stand is up between Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando.
27.6
0
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up on off, Fernando pushes it off the front foot.
27.5
0
S Raza to Fernando, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
27.4
0
Raza to Fernando, Another appeal which is turned down. Raza tosses one up outside off and makes the ball spin into the right-hander. Fernando goes for the slog sweep but misses the line of the ball. It beats his attempted sweep and raps him on the pads. There is an appeal from the bowler there but the umpire is unmoved. Maybe the impact was outside the off stump.
27.3
0
S Raza to Fernando,Tossed up and angled on the pads, Fernando tucks it towards short fine leg.
27.2
0
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up around off, Fernando drives it towards mid on.
27.1
0
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up on off, Oshada comes on the front foot and smothers the spin on it.
26.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Full and on off, Mendis pushes it off the back foot towards covers.
26.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length ball on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot towards mid off.
26.4
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length ball down the leg side and Mendis looks to pull but gets beaten to wear the blow on the thigh pad.
26.3
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Mendis plays this full ball outside off towards point.
26.2
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis blocks it off the front foot towards mid off.
26.1
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length ball angled on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot towards short mid-wicket.
25.6
0
S Raza to Fernando, Flighted delivery just outside off, Fernando comes forward and offers no shot to this one. He gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
25.5
0
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up delivery on off, Oshada defends it off the front foot.
25.4
1
S Raza to Mendis, Floated delivery on middle, Mendis comes down the track and drives it through mid on for a single.
25.3
0
S Raza to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis keeps it out.
25.2
0
S Raza to Mendis, Flighted delivery on middle, Mendis comes down the track and plays it towards mid on.
25.1
0
S Raza to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis blocks it off the front foot.

Sikandar Raza is back on. 7-2-13-0 are his figures so far.

24.6
4
S Williams to Fernando, FOUR! Third boundary of the over. Full delivery on off, Fernando drives it through covers for a boundary.
24.5
0
S Williams to O Fernando, Flighted delivery on middle, Fernando looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
24.4
4
S Williams to Fernando, FOUR! Nice shot. Tossed up delivery on middle, Fernando lofts it over mid on for a boundary.
24.3
0
S Williams to Fernando, Floated delivery on middle, Fernando flicks it to mid-wicket.
24.2
0
S Williams to Fernando, Flighted delivery on off, Oshada blocks it off the front foot.
24.1
4
S Williams to Fernando, FOUR! That was just over mid on! Tossed up delivery on middle, Fernando comes down the track and lofts it over the mid on fielder for a boundary.
23.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Back of a length ball on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot towards the off side.
23.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Better line this time. Full and on off, Mendis pushes it off the front foot towards the off side.
23.4
4
V Nyauchi to Mendis, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Mendis. Once again wayward from Victor. He bowls one on the pads and Mendis gleefully flicks it through mid-wicket and the ball races to the fence there.
23.3
4
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Full and on the pads. Poor line though from Nyauchi. Mendis does not miss it as he flicks it through mid-wicket and fetches a boundary.
23.2
0
V Nyauchi to K Mendis, EDGED BUT SAFE! Mendis survives this time. Almost a wicket there. Nyauchi lands one on a full length and outside off, the ball seams away from the back foot defensive push of Mendis. The ball kisses the outside edge and goes towards Brendan Taylor who is standing a bit wide of the conventional slip fielding position. The ball bounces just in front of him and he takes it.
23.1
0
V Nyauchi to K Mendis, Full and angled onto the off pole, Mendis pushes it off the back foot towards covers.
22.6
0
S Williams to Fernando, Floated delivery on middle, Fernando looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
22.5
0
S Williams to Fernando, Flighted delivery on middle, Oshada defends it out.
22.4
2
S Williams to Fernando, Full delivery on middle, Fernando flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
22.3
0
S Williams to Fernando, Loopy delivery on off, Fernando punches it to point.
22.2
0
S Williams to Fernando, Tossed up delivery on middle, Fernando comes down the track and blocks it.
22.1
0
S Williams to Fernando, Short delivery on off, Fernando cuts it to point.
21.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Appeal for stumping but nothing from the umpire. Length delivery down the leg side, Mendis looks to flick but misses it. The ball brushes the pads and goes towards the keeper where Chakabva takes the bails off. He appeals for stumping but Mendis was well inside the crease.
21.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length on middle, Kusal blocks it well.
21.4
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length delivery on off, Mendis taps it to point.
21.3
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Mendis blocks it off the back foot.
21.2
2
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a length on middle, Mendis flicks it through square leg. The batsmen pick up a couple.
21.1
4
V Nyauchi to Mendis, FOUR! Nice shot. Full delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
20.6
3
S Williams to K Mendis, Short delivery on middle, Mendis pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs.
20.5
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis nudges it to square leg.
20.4
0
S Williams to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Kusal blocks it off the front foot.
20.3
0
S Williams to Mendis, Short delivery on middle, Mendis pulls it to mid-wicket.
20.2
4
S Williams to Mendis, FOUR! Nicely played! Tossed up delivery on middle, Mendis plays a slog sweep over mid-wicket for a boundary.
20.1
1
S Williams to Fernando, Full delivery on off, Fernando drives it towards mid off and takes a quick single. The fielder goes for a direct hit at the bowler's end but misses it.

Drinks Break! Zimbabwe declared after just playing one ball of the morning session. Sri Lanka then came out to bat and the openers were looking positive until Karunaratne edged one to the keeper. Since then, the pair of Fernando and Mendis have ensured that there are no further casualties and have played typical brand of Test match cricket. An exciting hour before the Lunch break awaits us.

19.6
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Back of a length ball on off, Mendis pushes it to mid on.
19.5
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length ball outside off, Mendis lets it be.
19.4
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Back of a length ball on off, Mendis defends it by going deep inside the crease off the back foot.
19.3
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Fuller and outside off, Kusal is on the front foot as he blocks it with ease to the off side.
19.2
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, On a good length and on middle, Mendis pushes it off the back foot towards mid on.
19.1
0
V Nyauchi to Mendis, Length ball on off, Mendis defends it by coming on the front foot.

Victor Nyauchi is on.

18.6
0
S Williams to Fernando, Fernando charges down the track to this tossed up ball on off and thenblocks it off the front foot towards the bowler.
18.5
0
S Williams to Fernando, Tossed up on off, Fernando presents the full face of the bat as he blocks it off the front foot towards the bowler.
18.4
1
S Williams to Mendis, Full on off, Mendis drives it through covers for a single.
18.3
0
S Williams to Mendis, Tossed up outside off, Mendis lets it be.
18.2
0
S Williams to Mendis, This time Williams tosses one up and Mendis drives it towards covers.
18.1
0
S Williams to Mendis, Flatter and around off and middle, Mendis punches the ball off the back foot towards covers.
17.6
0
C Mumba to Fernando, Full and around off, Fernando pushes it to covers this time.
17.5
2
C Mumba to Fernando, Another short ball and wide outside off, Fernando frees his arms and cuts it through point. Sean Williams there dives to his right and gets a hand on it though he fails to stop it cleanly. The ball rolls behind. The batsmen get a couple.
17.4
0
C Mumba to Fernando, Back of a length ball around off, Fernando blocks it off the back foot towards covers.
17.3
0
C Mumba to Fernando, On a length and around off, Fernando blocks it off the front foot towards mid off.
17.2
0
C Mumba to Fernando, Short and wide outside off, Fernando cuts it to find point fielder to perfection.
17.1
0
Mumba to Fernando, Full and on the pads, Fernando looks to go for the flick but misses it. The ball clips the pads and goes towards the keeper. The Zimbabwean players appeal but nothing from the umpire.
16.6
0
S Williams to Mendis, Loopy delivery on off, Mendis punches it to point.
16.5
1
S Williams to Fernando, Tossed up delivery on middle, Fernando flicks it through square leg for a single.
16.4
0
S Williams to Fernando, Floated delivery on middle, Oshada blocks it well.
16.3
0
S Williams to Fernando, Loopy delivery on off, Fernando keeps it out.
16.2
0
S Williams to Fernando, Flighted delivery on middle, Fernando plays it towards the off side.
16.1
0
S Williams to Fernando, Tossed up delivery on off, Fernando plays it to point.
15.6
2
C Mumba to Mendis, Short and width on offer, Mendis cuts it past point. The fielder there gives the chase and fields it just inside the ropes. Though he cannot prevent a couple there.
15.5
0
C Mumba to Mendis, Similar to the previous two balls, this one is also outside off and Mendis shoulders arms to it.
15.4
0
C Mumba to Mendis, Another one which starts on the same length and goes away. Mendis lets it be.
15.3
0
C Mumba to Mendis, Length and outside off, Mendis makes a leave.
15.2
0
C Mumba to Mendis, Good length ball on the pads, Mendis flicks it towards mid-wicket.
15.1
0
C Mumba to Mendis, Length ball on off, Mendis does well to block it off the back foot towards covers.

Victor Nyauchi is seen warming up.

14.6
1
S Williams to K Mendis, Williams tosses one up and around off, Mendis prods forward to block it but the ball spins away to take the outside edge. It is well past the first slip fielder and the batsmen get a run.
14.5
0
S Williams to Mendis, Another ball that is flatter and on off, Mendis stays on the back foot and blocks it to the leg side.
14.4
0
S Williams to Mendis, Flatter and around off, Mendis punches the ball off the back foot towards the off side.
14.3
3
S Williams to Fernando, Full ball angled down the leg side, Fernando paddle sweeps it behind square on the leg side. The fielder from deep mid-wicket runs to his right and saves a certain boundary. Three runs taken in the end.
14.2
0
S Williams to Fernando, Another ball which is bowled with a round arm action. The ball lands on middle and leg, Fernando turns it towards short leg.
14.1
0
S Williams to Fernando, Darted on off, Fernando defends it off the front foot towards short leg.

Sean Williams is into the attack.

13.6
0
C Mumba to Mendis, Yorker and on off, Mendis does well to keep that out off the front foot as he plays it to covers.
13.5
0
C Mumba to Mendis, Full and around off, Mendis pushes it towards mid off by coming on the front foot.

Kusal Mendis is the new batsman in.

13.4
0
C Mumba to Karunaratne, OUT! CAUGHT! The Sri Lankan skipper has to depart. Disappointing way to get out. Mumba gets the breathrough for the hosts. He lands one outside off and brings the ball back in with the angle there. Karunaratne looks to push it off the back foot but he was nowhere close to the ball. The ball swings away a hint to catch the outside edge. The ball goes towards the keeper where Chakabva takes it with ease.
13.3
0
C Mumba to Karunaratne, Length ball outside off, coming in with the angle but not enough to make the batsman play there.
13.2
0
C Mumba to Karunaratne, Another one on middle and off, Karunaratne flicks it off the front foot towards short mid-wicket.
13.1
0
C Mumba to Karunaratne, Length ball on middle and off, Karunaratne flicks it off the pads towards square leg.
12.6
0
S Raza to Fernando, On middle, Fernando keeps it out.
12.5
0
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up delivery on off, Fernando blocks it off the front foot.
12.4
0
S Raza to Fernando, Floated delivery on off, Fernando flicks it to square leg.
12.3
0
S Raza to Fernando, Loopy delivery on middle, Fernando flicks it towards the leg side.
12.2
0
S Raza to Fernando, Flighted delivery on middle, Oshada flicks it to mid-wicket.
12.1
0
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up delivery on middle, Fernando blocks it off the front foot.
11.6
3
C Mumba to Fernando, Now, Mumba strays one on the pads, Fernando flicks it towards deep square leg and he too gets three runs with ease.
11.5
3
C Mumba to Karunaratne, Full and swinging away outside off, Karunaratne drives it through covers and gets three valuable runs.
11.4
0
C Mumba to Karunaratne, Yorker on off, Dimuth does well to push it towards covers.
11.3
0
C Mumba to Karunaratne, On a length but wide of the batsman and Karunaratne does well to let it go.
11.2
1
C Mumba to Fernando, Length and outside off, Fernando punches it past short cover and gets a run. The fielder from mid off does well to field it by going to his left.
11.1
2
C Mumba to Fernando, Length ball on middle and leg, Fernando flicks it off his pads towards fine leg and gets back for a comfortable two.

Carl Mumba is into the attack.

10.6
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Tossed up on off, blocked to the leg side off the back foot.
10.5
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Tossed up and on off and middle, tucked off the back foot towards mid-wicket.
10.4
1
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up on off, Fernando pushes it off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a run.
10.3
1
S Raza to Karunaratne, Fuller and on middle, Dimuth pushes it towards mid on and gets a run. The fielder does well to slide to his right and field it.
10.2
1
S Raza to Fernando, Flatter and around off, Fernando punches it through mid on and rotates the strike.
10.1
0
S Raza to Fernando, Tossed up and slower through the air, Fernando lunges forward and smothers the spin.
9.6
2
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Another full ball outside off and Karunaratne brings out the cover drive and gets a couple once more.
9.5
2
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, Dimuth drives it through covers and gets an easy two.
9.4
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, On a good length and outside off, Dimuth defends it to mid off.
9.3
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Length ball on off, the batsman punches it back to the bowler.
9.2
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Length delivery outside off, Karunaratne pushes it off the back foot towards covers.
9.1
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Length ball on the pads, Dimuth flicks it off the front foot towards mid-wicket.
8.6
0
S Raza to Fernando, Full and targetting the pads, Fernando flicks it towards mid-wicket.
8.5
0
S Raza to Fernando, Flatter and around middle and off, Fernando turns it towards the leg side off the front foot.
8.4
0
S Raza to Fernando, Toseed up around off, Fernando is full stretch on his front foot to smother the spin.
8.3
1
S Raza to Karunaratne, Once again, Karunaratne comes on the front foot and drives this floated ball on off towards mid off and takes a run.
8.2
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Floated on middle and off, Karunaratne pushes it off the front foot towards covers.
8.1
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Full and straighter on off, Dimuth turns it off the front foot towards mid-wicket.
7.6
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Short ball on off, Fernando ducks under it.
7.5
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Full and angled on middle, Fernando flicks it towards square leg and looks for a run. He is sent back by his partner as the fielder there fields it.
7.4
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Length ball on off, Fernando blocks it off the back foot and right under his eyes.
7.3
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Back of a length ball on off, Fernando stays on the back foot towards mid-wicket.
7.2
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Full and on middle, Fernando pushes it off the back foot towards mid on.
7.1
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Length ball going away outside off, Oshada leaves it.
6.6
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Full on off, Karunaratne defends it off the back foot towards covers.
6.5
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Floated on off, pushed towards covers.
6.4
3
S Raza to Fernando, Raza dishes a full ball outside off, Fernando reverse sweeps it past the first slip fielder and gets three runs with ease.
6.3
0
S Raza to Fernando, Another ball which does not spin and Fernando defends it off the front foot towards covers.
6.2
0
S Raza to Fernando, Flighted and straighter on off, Fernando pushes it to the off side off the front foot.
6.1
0
S Raza to Fernando, Floated ball on middle and leg, Oshada flicks it off the pads towards mid -wicket.
5.6
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Another one outside off, Karunaratne does not fiddle with it.
5.5
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Length and outside off, Dimuth lets it be.
5.4
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Length ball on off, Dimuth pushes it off the back foot.
5.3
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Length ball angled down the leg side, Karunaratne goes for the flick but misses it and the keeper does well by diving to his right.
5.2
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Full and on off, Karunaratne brings his bat down in time to push it towards covers. The ball there kept a bit low. It also took a puff of dust after landing.
5.1
0
D Tiripano to Karunaratne, Length ball on off, Karunaratne pushes it off the back foot towards covers.
4.6
0
S Raza to Fernando, Full on off once again, pushed off the back foot towards covers.
4.5
2
S Raza to O Fernando, Fernando looks to push this tossed up ball outside off through the off side but he gets an outside edge that flies past the lone slip and towards third man. The batsmen get a couple this time.
4.4
0
S Raza to Fernando, Full ball on off, pushed back to the bowler off the front foot.
4.3
0
S Raza to Fernando, BEATEN! Flighted outside off, Fernando goes for the hoick but is nowhere near the ball. It beats the outside edge and the keeper whips the bails off. But Oshada was going nowhere.
4.2
3
S Raza to Karunaratne, Full and darted on middle, Karunaratne tucks it towards square leg and gets three.
4.1
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Tossed up delivery on off, Karunaratne defends it off the front foot.
3.6
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Length delivery on off, Oshada taps it to point.
3.5
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Good length delivery on middle, Fernando blocks it off the back foot.
3.4
0
Tiripano to Fernando, On a good length on off, Fernando looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
3.3
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Full delivery on off, Fernando looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
3.2
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Outside off, Fernando offers no shot to this one.
3.1
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, On a good length on off, Fernando defends it off the back foot.
2.6
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Full and on the off stump, Karunaratne pushes it off the front foot towards covers.
2.5
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Floated around off, Dimuth does not play at it.
2.4
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Karunaratne does well to not edge this one. Raza tosses one up on middle and gets it to turn away from the batsman. The batsman looks to push it off but the ball goes past the outside edge.
2.3
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, BEATEN! Beauty of a ball from Raza. Karunaratne looks to push this tossed up ball spinning away from the batsman but he fails to lay bat on ball. The ball whizzes past the outside edge.
2.2
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Full and darted on the off pole, Dimuth blocks it off the front foot.
2.1
0
S Raza to D Karunaratne, Tossed up ball on off, blocked towards covers.
1.6
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, On a good length on off, Fernando blocks it off the front foot.
1.5
0
D Tiripano to O Fernando, Full delivery on middle, Fernando drives it towards mid on.
1.4
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Good length delivery outside off, Fernando leaves it alone.
1.3
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Outside off, Oshada shoulders arms to this one.
1.2
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, Good length delivery on off, Fernando blocks it off the front foot.
1.1
0
D Tiripano to Fernando, On a good length and outside off, Fernando offers no shot to this one.

Donald Tiripano to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Floated delivery on off, Dimuth defends it off the back foot.
0.5
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Tossed up delivery on middle, Dimuth keeps it out.
0.4
0
S Raza to Karunaratne, Loopy delivery on off, Karunaratne defends it off the back foot.
0.3
1
S Raza to Fernando, Full delivery on middle, Fernando drives it through mid on for a run. Oshada and Sri Lanka are underway.
0.2
0
S Raza to Fernando, Flighted delivery on middle, Fernando flicks it to mid-wicket.
0.1
0
S Raza to Fernando, Raza starts with a tossed up delivery on off, Fernando defends it off the front foot.