Lahiru Kumara picked up 3 crucial wickets in the last session of the 1st Test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka to pave the way for a comprehensive, 10-wicket win for the visitors.
Kumara bowled with venom in the final session of play at Harare and proved too hot to handle for the Zimbabwean lower order as the young speedster captured the wickets of Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis and Ainsley Ndlovu. Kumara’s pace was just what the doctor ordered for the visitors as the threat of a draw loomed with the likes of Regis Chakabva digging in.
Earlier in the day it was Suranga Lakmal who gave Sri Lanka the perfect start , picking up Prince Masvaure in the 2nd over of the day as he got the left-hander to nick behind to Niroshan Dickwella. Things only got better for Sri Lanka’s premier fast bowler as he sent the other opener, concussion substitute Brian Mudzinganyama, in his very next over. Mudzinganyama shouldered arms to a straight delivery and was caught LBW as Zimbabwe slipped to 36/2. His 3rd over saw another dismissal, once again a left hander, as Craig Ervine failed to keep a flick on the legside down, giving Dimuth Karunaratne a simple catch.
Sri Lanka had the upper hand but Brendan Taylor and skipper Sean Williams came together to add 79 runs for the 4th wicket, more importantly eating up 22 overs of the 90 scheduled for the day. The Sri Lankan attack was looking ineffective but the lunch break did the trick for them as Lakmal once again came back into the attack to pick up another wicket – that of Taylor. Williams followed soon after, nicking behind to Kasun Rajitha and when Sikanda Raza fell just before the tea break, stumped off the bowling of Lasith Embuldeniya, a draw looked a faraway dream for the hosts.
Chakabva kept their hopes alive after lunch but his 142-ball 26 was not enough to keep Sri Lanka at bay as he was the last man to fall, setting Sri Lanka a target of 14 to win. The Sri Lankan openers wasted no time in getting there to give Sri Lanka a 1-0 lead in the series going into the 2nd Test match that begins on the 27th.
515/9 (176.2) & 14/0 (3)
358/10 (148) & 170/10 (92)
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
Updated at 08:09 PM 2020-01-23
c Dimuth Karunaratne b Lasith Embuldeniya
lbw b Lahiru Kumara
b Suranga Lakmal
lbw b Suranga Lakmal
c Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya
st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya
c Angelo Mathews b Lasith Embuldeniya
b Lasith Embuldeniya
c Kusal Mendis b Lahiru Kumara
c Lakshan Sandakan b Suranga Lakmal
6 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 2, w 0, pen 0)
358/10 (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,