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Skipper Williams’ century completes Zimbabwe’s day at Harare

Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe – 2nd Test

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Zimbabwe amassed an impressive 352 runs in day 01 of the 2nd Test of the Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe, as their skipper Sean Williams guided his team brilliantly with an authoritative century to toil Sri Lankan bowlers at Harare Sports Club.

Williams won the toss and decided to bat first, where Sri Lanka made only one change to the playing XI as left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando replaced Kasun Rajitha, who had quite an ordinary Test match last week.

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Zimbabwe openers Prince Masvaure and Kevin Kasuza followed the same method that they stuck to in the 1st test, taking the extra precautionary approach. However, Lahiru Kumara, who bowled an exceptional spell in the first hour, managed to find an edge off Masvaure’s bat. 

Soon after, the highest scorer for Zimbabwe in 1st Test, Craig Ervine was caught by Oshada Fernando at short leg off Dhananjaya de Silva’s bowling to reduce the hosts to 49/2. The next man in, Brendon Taylor, came out all guns blazing and hammered the spinners Dhananjaya de Silva and Lasith Embuldeniya to all parts to muster a swift run-a-ball 62, changing the complexion of the game completely.

Taylor was undone by a peach of a delivery by Suranga Lakmal, who castled him in front of wicket for LBW, but his innings set the tone for rest of the innings for Zimbabwe. Afterwards, Skipper Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza got together for 5th wickets in a partnership of 159 runs, dominating Sri Lanka’s bowling attack which looked toothless in front of Zimbabwean strokeplay.

Raza raced to a 99-ball 72 while Williams brought up his 2nd Test century, playing a true captain’s knock for his country. The pair was dismissed at the last hour of the day, trying to increase the already 4+ run rate.

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The leader of Sri Lanka’s bowling unit, Suranga Lakmal, was the only one to show any control throughout thorugh as his 17 overs cost Sri Lanka only 31 runs, in return of 2 wickets. 

Zimbabwe concluded the day strongly at 352/6 as wicket keeper batsman Regis Chakabwa saw through the home team safety without any more wickets. This is Zimbabwe’s highest total on the first day of a Test. Their previous best was 344 for 8, also against Sri Lanka in 2017.

Result
Match drawn

Sri Lanka
293/10 (119.5) & 204/3 (87)
Zimbabwe
406/10 (115.3) & 247/7 (75)
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Prince Masvaure c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara 9 44 1 0 20.45
Kevin Kasuza b Suranga Lakmal 38 97 4 0 39.18
Craig Ervine c Oshada Fernando b Dhananjaya de Silva 12 11 1 1 109.09
Brendan Taylor lbw b Suranga Lakmal 62 62 10 1 100.00
Sean Williams b Dhananjaya de Silva 107 137 10 3 78.10
Sikandar Raza c Angelo Mathews b Lasith Embuldeniya 72 99 4 2 72.73
Regis Chakabva c Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya 31 69 3 0 44.93
Tinotenda Mutombodzi lbw b Dhananjaya de Silva 33 99 4 0 33.33
Donald Tiripano c Suranga Lakmal b Lasith Embuldeniya 13 47 1 0 27.66
Carl Mumba not out 11 19 2 0 57.89
Victor Nyauchi c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 6 10 1 0 60.00
Extras 12 (b 8 , lb 3 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 406/10 (115.3 Overs, RR: 3.52)
Fall of Wickets 1-21 (13.6) Prince Masvaure, 2-49 (19.4) Craig Ervine, 3-114 (32.6) Kevin Kasuza, 4-133 (36.5) Brendan Taylor, 5-292 (71.6) Sikandar Raza, 6-324 (78.5) Sean Williams, 7-362 (95.2) Regis Chakabva, 8-386 (110.1) Tinotenda Mutombodzi, 9-394 (111.6) Donald Tiripano, 10-406 (115.3) Victor Nyauchi,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 22 9 37 2 1.68
Vishwa Fernando 14 1 45 0 3.21
Lahiru Kumara 20 5 60 1 3.00
Lasith Embuldeniya 42.3 8 182 4 4.30
Dhananjaya de Silva 17 1 71 3 4.18
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Dimuth Karunarathne lbw b Sikandar Raza 44 120 3 0 36.67
Oshada Fernando c Regis Chakabva b Donald Tiripano 44 119 4 0 36.97
Kusal Mendis c Carl Mumba b Sikandar Raza 22 73 1 1 30.14
Angelo Mathews c Regis Chakabva b Carl Mumba 64 158 3 2 40.51
Dinesh Chandimal c & b Sikandar Raza 6 9 0 1 66.67
Dhananjaya de Silva b Sikandar Raza 42 64 5 1 65.62
Niroshan Dickwella lbw b Sikandar Raza 1 6 0 0 16.67
Suranga Lakmal c Tinotenda Mutombodzi b Sikandar Raza 5 27 0 0 18.52
Lasith Embuldeniya c Brian Mudzinganyama b Sikandar Raza 5 39 0 0 12.82
Vishwa Fernando c Regis Chakabva b Victor Nyauchi 38 81 5 0 46.91
Lahiru Kumara not out 3 22 0 0 13.64
Extras 19 (b 9 , lb 10 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 293/10 (119.5 Overs, RR: 2.45)
Fall of Wickets 1-94 (36.2) Dimuth Karunarathne, 2-104 (43.1) Oshada Fernando, 3-134 (62.5) Kusal Mendis, 4-142 (64.5) Dinesh Chandimal, 5-226 (86.3) Dhananjaya de Silva, 6-228 (88.2) Niroshan Dickwella, 7-242 (94.3) Suranga Lakmal, 8-244 (97.1) Angelo Mathews, 9-268 (108.4) Lasith Embuldeniya, 10-293 (119.5) Vishwa Fernando,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Carl Mumba 18 4 43 1 2.39
Sikandar Raza 43 8 113 7 2.63
Donald Tiripano 24 12 30 1 1.25
Victor Nyauchi 22.5 7 40 1 1.78
Tinotenda Mutombodzi 12 1 48 0 4.00
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Prince Masvaure run out (Dhananjaya de Silva) 35 105 3 1 33.33
Craig Ervine c Niroshan Dickwella b Vishwa Fernando 13 43 1 0 30.23
Regis Chakabva c Dhananjaya de Silva b Lasith Embuldeniya 15 39 1 0 38.46
Brendan Taylor lbw b Lahiru Kumara 67 75 7 1 89.33
Timycen Maruma st Niroshan Dickwella b Lasith Embuldeniya 0 14 0 0 0.00
Sikandar Raza lbw b Vishwa Fernando 34 74 4 0 45.95
Sean Williams not out 53 77 6 1 68.83
Tinotenda Mutombodzi b Suranga Lakmal 8 22 0 0 36.36
Donald Tiripano not out 1 2 0 0 50.00
Extras 21 (b 4 , lb 15 , nb 1, w 1, pen 0)
Total 247/7 (75 Overs, RR: 3.29)
Fall of Wickets 1-32 (11.2) Craig Ervine, 2-64 (23.3) Regis Chakabva, 3-111 (38.2) Prince Masvaure, 4-124 (42.4) Timycen Maruma, 5-151 (49.3) Brendan Taylor, 6-221 (67.5) Sikandar Raza, 7-240 (74.3) Tinotenda Mutombodzi,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Suranga Lakmal 18 5 34 1 1.89
Dhananjaya de Silva 7 2 32 0 4.57
Vishwa Fernando 20 5 43 2 2.15
Lahiru Kumara 10 2 38 0 3.80
Lasith Embuldeniya 20 0 81 2 4.05


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Oshada Fernando lbw b Sikandar Raza 47 108 4 0 43.52
Dimuth Karunarathne c Regis Chakabva b Carl Mumba 12 38 0 0 31.58
Kusal Mendis not out 116 233 13 1 49.79
Angelo Mathews c Craig Ervine b Victor Nyauchi 13 69 1 0 18.84
Dinesh Chandimal not out 13 75 0 0 17.33
Extras 3 (b 1 , lb 1 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 204/3 (87 Overs, RR: 2.34)
Fall of Wickets 1-26 (13.4) Dimuth Karunarathne, 2-107 (38.1) Oshada Fernando, 3-140 (61.2) Angelo Mathews,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Sikandar Raza 32 10 63 1 1.97
Donald Tiripano 16 10 15 0 0.94
Carl Mumba 4 1 13 1 3.25
Sean Williams 16 0 49 0 3.06
Victor Nyauchi 12 3 43 1 3.58
Tinotenda Mutombodzi 7 2 19 0 2.71

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