Ervine guides Zimbabwe to 344/8 on Day 1 against SL

Ervine guides Zimbabwe to 344/8 on Day 1 against SL

Ervine guides Zimbabwe to 344/8 on Day 1 against SL

Asela Gunaratne is unbeaten on 24 and will be joined on Sunday morning by Rangana Herath, who has five to his name and will be hoping to see his side eke out a first-innings lead.

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath claimed five wickets in helping bowl out Zimbabwe for 356 on the second day of the one-off Test in Colombo on Saturday (15).

Zimbabwe's tour of Sri Lanka has had a major impact on the hosts as the Lankans have to win this one off test match after the debacle in the ODI series.

Herath, 39, who returned figures of 4-106, provided early delight for Sri Lanka's new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal after the latter had lost the toss.

Openers Tharanga and Karunaratne then gave a good start for the hosts and brought up a 50-run stand.Tharanga also notched up his fifty.

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"We had a good start, but they fought back well".

Tharanga was in superb form in his breezy half-century and looked set for a long innings but had to take the long walk back to the pavilion when he was run out at the non-strikers end with bowler Tiripano getting the fingertips to the ball driven by Dinesh Chandimal on its way to hit the stumps. Since 2000, over a spell of 28 matches, they have earned a first-innings lead only four times - once in the West Indies and thrice in Bangladesh.

Paceman Lahiru Kumara got debutant batsman Tarisai Musakanda caught behind for six as Zimbabwe suffered regular losses in the first two sessions.

The overnight pair of Craig Ervine and Tiripano had put on a 62-run stand for the ninth wicket on the previous day.

Herath stars with the ball by taking his 30th five-wicket hall. Dilruwan Perera who was promoted ahead of Asela Gunaratne who is battling with a hamstring injury made a quick-fire 33 before being run out.

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