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Mathews hits double-ton as tame draw looms

Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2020 | 1st Test – Day 4

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The first Test between hosts Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at the Harare Sports Club ground will go the full length with two possible results on the final day. Sri Lanka may fancy their chances for a win by an innings with the lead they possess at the end of day 4 while Zimbabwe will most probably push for a draw.

Most of the day was just about Angelo Mathews and his memorable innings. Starting off the day by reaching his 10th Test ton, Mathews went on to become Sri Lanka’s 10th Test double centurion later on in the day. 

Mendis-Mathews combo put Sri Lanka on top

Sri Lanka’s other overnight batsman Dhananjaya De Silva couldn’t add much to his account as his brief stay ended soon after he reached his 6th Test fifty on day 4. He fell to  Zimbabwe’s most impressive bowler of the match, debutant pacer Victor Nyauchi, trying to up the scoring rate and ending up giving a catch mid-on.

One of Sri Lanka’s busiest batsmen, Niroshan Dickwella then joined Mathews following the Mathews-De Silva 98-run stand and added 136 runs for the 6th wicket, taking almost 45 overs. The slow scoring was a feature in the entire Lankan innings. Even with Zimbabwe having batted for more than 5 sessions, favorites to win the game, Sri Lanka showed zero urgency in scoring and pushing for a win. The wicket too didn’t show any major signs of becoming difficult for batting despite early predictions of breaking up to assist the spinners.

However, Zimbabwean part-time spinner Sikandar Raza then came into the act claiming 3 wickets. After trapping Dickwella in front of the stumps for 63 he dismissed Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Embuldeniya with consecutive deliveries. Lakmal was trying to add some impetus to the innings with an energetic knock of 27 which included 2 sixes while Embuldeniya played the wrong line in his very first delivery.

Zimbabwe’s new opening pair of Prince Masvaure and Kevin Kasuza’s concussion substitute (Kasuza was ruled out of the Test due to concussion), debutant Brian Mudzinganyama looked very cautious as they came out to bat in the last hour after Sri Lanka’s declaration following Mathews’ 200. 

The Lankan bowlers will have to try extremely hard if they are to take 10 wickets tomorrow. However, irrespective of the result, this game will be remembered in Sri Lanka cricket’s folklore for a landmark knock by one of Sri Lanka’s greatest Test batsmen, Angelo Mathews.

Result

Sri Lanka
515/9 (176.2) & 14/0 (3)
Zimbabwe
358/10 (148) & 170/10 (92)
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Prince Masvaure c Dimuth Karunaratne b Lasith Embuldeniya 55 149 7 0 36.91
Kevin Kasuza lbw b Lahiru Kumara 63 214 5 1 29.44
Craig Ervine b Suranga Lakmal 85 187 5 3 45.45
Brendan Taylor lbw b Suranga Lakmal 21 47 1 1 44.68
Sean Williams c Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya 18 46 1 1 39.13
Sikandar Raza st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya 41 65 6 0 63.08
Regis Chakabva c Angelo Mathews b Lasith Embuldeniya 8 20 1 0 40.00
Donald Tiripano not out 44 103 3 0 42.72
Kyle Jarvis b Lasith Embuldeniya 1 5 0 0 20.00
Ainsley Ndlovu c Kusal Mendis b Lahiru Kumara 5 25 1 0 20.00
Victor Nyauchi c Lakshan Sandakan b Suranga Lakmal 11 29 1 0 37.93
Extras 6 (b 0 , lb 4 , nb 2, w 0, pen 0)
Total 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,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 27 10 53 3 1.96
Kasun Rajitha 29 9 55 0 1.90
Lasith Embuldeniya 42 12 114 5 2.71
Lahiru Kumara 29 8 82 2 2.83
Dhananjaya de Silva 21 8 50 0 2.38
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunaratne c Ainsley Ndlovu b Victor Nyauchi 37 78 4 0 47.44
Oshada Fernando b Donald Tiripano 21 41 2 0 51.22
Kusal Mendis c Brendan Taylor b Victor Nyauchi 80 163 8 0 49.08
Angelo Mathews not out 200 468 16 3 42.74
Dinesh Chandimal c & b Sean Williams 12 32 1 0 37.50
Dhananjaya de Silva c Prince Masvaure b Victor Nyauchi 63 112 7 0 56.25
Niroshan Dickwella lbw b Sikandar Raza 63 120 3 0 52.50
Suranga Lakmal st Regis Chakabva b Sikandar Raza 27 41 0 2 65.85
Lasith Embuldeniya b Sikandar Raza 0 1 0 0 0.00
Kasun Rajitha lbw b Sean Williams 1 6 0 0 16.67
Extras 11 (b 2 , lb 5 , nb 4, w 0, pen 0)
Total 515/9 (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,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kyle Jarvis 37 12 84 0 2.27
Victor Nyauchi 32 7 69 3 2.16
Donald Tiripano 31 3 82 1 2.65
Ainsley Ndlovu 28 3 107 0 3.82
Sean Williams 32.2 3 104 2 3.23
Sikandar Raza 16 0 62 3 3.88
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Prince Masvaure c Niroshan Dickwella b Suranga Lakmal 17 58 2 0 29.31
Brian Mudzinganyama lbw b Suranga Lakmal 16 62 2 0 25.81
Craig Ervine c Dimuth Karunaratne b Suranga Lakmal 7 13 0 0 53.85
Brendan Taylor c Kusal Mendis b Suranga Lakmal 38 58 5 1 65.52
Sean Williams c Niroshan Dickwella b Kasun Rajitha 39 79 5 0 49.37
Sikandar Raza st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya 17 55 1 0 30.91
Regis Chakabva b Lasith Embuldeniya 26 142 1 0 18.31
Donald Tiripano lbw b Lahiru Kumara 6 61 1 0 9.84
Kyle Jarvis b Lahiru Kumara 1 15 0 0 6.67
Ainsley Ndlovu b Lahiru Kumara 0 7 0 0 0.00
Victor Nyauchi not out 0 3 0 0 0.00
Extras 3 (b 2 , lb 0 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 170/10 (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,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 20 8 27 4 1.35
Kasun Rajitha 14 6 23 1 1.64
Dhananjaya de Silva 11 6 12 0 1.09
Lahiru Kumara 21 8 32 3 1.52
Lasith Embuldeniya 26 8 74 2 2.85


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Oshada Fernando not out 4 5 0 0 80.00
Dimuth Karunaratne not out 10 13 1 0 76.92
Extras 0 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 14/0 (3 Overs, RR: 4.67)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Donald Tiripano 2 0 8 0 4.00
Victor Nyauchi 1 0 6 0 6.00

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