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Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2020 | 1st Test – Day 1

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Test Cricket returned to Zimbabwe after more than 2 years as the home team took on Sri Lanka in a 2-match series at the Harare Sports Club ground. The opening day of the first Test was all about Zimbabwean batsmen as they piled up 189 runs for the loss of just 2 wickets after winning the toss.

Playing an XI with 5 changes to the one which played a Test for the last time in 2018 in Bangladesh, Zimbabwe had handed 3 Test debuts to opener Kevin Kasuza, fast bowler Victor Nyauchi and spinner Ainsley Ndlovu.

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The inexperienced opening pair of Kasuza and returning batsman Prince Masvaure, who last played a Test in 2016, started cautiously seeing off the disciplined opening spell from the Lankans. Suranga Lakmal returning to the team after missing the Pakistan series due to illness started decently along with Kasun Rajitha. However, the stubborn resistance from the home batsmen gave away no chance to the tourists.

Sri Lanka’s lone spinner Lasith Embuldeniya who was picked ahead of experienced Dilruwan Perera had to be introduced early in the 10th over to try and break the solid-looking opening stand. Lahiru Kumara’s express pace too was well navigated by the two batsmen as they finished the first session for 62 for no loss after 27 overs.

Sri Lanka then came out with a plan to dry up the runs and executed it pretty well as they eventually ended dismissing Masvaure in the 51st over for 55 off a miscued shot. However, Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne fielding at mid-off caused himself a minor injury as he hung on to the half-chance created by Embuldeniya and was off the park temporarily. 

Debutant Kasuza went on to reach a well-constructed half-century on debut in the final session with Craig Ervine on the other end trying to up the scoring rate. Ervine took on the spinners and all-rounder Dhananjaya De Silva in particular, as he added some life to the Zimbabwe innings.

Zimbabwe’s best batsman Brendan Taylor joined Ervine to end the day on a high following Kasuza’s dismissal for 63 off a fiery full toss off Kumara. Ervine unbeaten on 55 will resume Zimbabwe’s innings tomorrow along with Taylor as the tourists will be looking forward to better luck on day 2 after a less than ideal opening day.

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Sri Lanka
515/9 (176.2) & 14/0 (3)
358/10 (148) & 170/10 (92)
Prince Masvaure c Dimuth Karunaratne b Lasith Embuldeniya551497036.91
Kevin Kasuza lbw b Lahiru Kumara632145129.44
Craig Ervine b Suranga Lakmal851875345.45
Brendan Taylor lbw b Suranga Lakmal21471144.68
Sean Williams c Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya18461139.13
Sikandar Raza st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya41656063.08
Regis Chakabva c Angelo Mathews b Lasith Embuldeniya8201040.00
Donald Tiripano not out441033042.72
Kyle Jarvis b Lasith Embuldeniya150020.00
Ainsley Ndlovu c Kusal Mendis b Lahiru Kumara5251020.00
Victor Nyauchi c Lakshan Sandakan b Suranga Lakmal11291037.93
Extras6 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 2, w 0, pen 0)
Total358/10 (148 Overs, RR: 2.42)
Fall of Wickets 1-96 (50.1) Prince Masvaure, 2-164 (75.3) Kevin Kasuza, 3-208 (91.5) Brendan Taylor, 4-247 (106.3) Sean Williams, 5-247 (107.2) Craig Ervine, 6-266 (114.2) Regis Chakabva, 7-307 (128.4) Sikandar Raza, 8-309 (130.1) Kyle Jarvis, 9-328 (139.1) Ainsley Ndlovu, 10-358 (147.6) Victor Nyauchi,
Suranga Lakmal27105331.96
Kasun Rajitha2995501.90
Lasith Embuldeniya421211452.71
Lahiru Kumara2988222.83
Dhananjaya de Silva2185002.38
Dimuth Karunaratne c Ainsley Ndlovu b Victor Nyauchi37784047.44
Oshada Fernando b Donald Tiripano21412051.22
Kusal Mendis c Brendan Taylor b Victor Nyauchi801638049.08
Angelo Mathews not out20046816342.74
Dinesh Chandimal c & b Sean Williams12321037.50
Dhananjaya de Silva c Prince Masvaure b Victor Nyauchi631127056.25
Niroshan Dickwella lbw b Sikandar Raza631203052.50
Suranga Lakmal st Regis Chakabva b Sikandar Raza27410265.85
Lasith Embuldeniya b Sikandar Raza01000.00
Kasun Rajitha lbw b Sean Williams160016.67
Extras11 (b 2 , lb 5 , nb 4, w 0, pen 0)
Total515/9 (176.2 Overs, RR: 2.92)
Fall of Wickets 1-32 (11.1) Oshada Fernando, 2-92 (28.6) Dimuth Karunaratne, 3-184 (66.2) Kusal Mendis, 4-227 (81.4) Dinesh Chandimal, 5-325 (116.2) Dhananjaya de Silva, 6-461 (160.3) Niroshan Dickwella, 7-510 (173.4) Suranga Lakmal, 8-510 (173.5) Lasith Embuldeniya, 9-515 (176.2) Kasun Rajitha,
Kyle Jarvis37128402.27
Victor Nyauchi3276932.16
Donald Tiripano3138212.65
Ainsley Ndlovu28310703.82
Sean Williams32.2310423.23
Sikandar Raza1606233.88
Prince Masvaure c Niroshan Dickwella b Suranga Lakmal17582029.31
Brian Mudzinganyama lbw b Suranga Lakmal16622025.81
Craig Ervine c Dimuth Karunaratne b Suranga Lakmal7130053.85
Brendan Taylor c Kusal Mendis b Suranga Lakmal38585165.52
Sean Williams c Niroshan Dickwella b Kasun Rajitha39795049.37
Sikandar Raza st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya17551030.91
Regis Chakabva b Lasith Embuldeniya261421018.31
Donald Tiripano lbw b Lahiru Kumara661109.84
Kyle Jarvis b Lahiru Kumara115006.67
Ainsley Ndlovu b Lahiru Kumara07000.00
Victor Nyauchi not out03000.00
Extras3 (b 2 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total170/10 (92 Overs, RR: 1.85)
Fall of Wickets 1-33 (18.2) Prince Masvaure, 2-36 (20.3) Brian Mudzinganyama, 3-41 (22.3) Craig Ervine, 4-120 (44.3) Brendan Taylor, 5-120 (45.2) Sean Williams, 6-148 (62.1) Sikandar Raza, 7-159 (81.6) Donald Tiripano, 8-163 (85.6) Kyle Jarvis, 9-165 (89.4) Ainsley Ndlovu, 10-170 (91.6) Regis Chakabva,
Suranga Lakmal2082741.35
Kasun Rajitha1462311.64
Dhananjaya de Silva1161201.09
Lahiru Kumara2183231.52
Lasith Embuldeniya2687422.85

Oshada Fernando not out450080.00
Dimuth Karunaratne not out10131076.92
Extras0 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total14/0 (3 Overs, RR: 4.67)
Donald Tiripano20804.00
Victor Nyauchi10606.00