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Test in balance after Sri Lanka lose their openers; trail by 284

Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe – 2nd Test

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After a promising opening partnership by Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando in reply to Zimbabwe’s mammoth 1st innings total of 406, Sri Lanka lost both set batsmen at the stumps of day 02, leaving them at 122/2 and still trailing by 284 runs.

Zimbabwe amassed an impressive 352 runs on day 01 as their skipper Sean Williams guided his team brilliantly with an authoritative century, leaving the Sri Lankan bowlers exhausted at Harare Sports Club.

>> Day 01 Report – Skipper Williams’ century completes Zimbabwe’s day at Harare <<

On day 02, the overnight batsmen Regis Chakabva and Tinotenda Mutombodzi followed a defensive approach in the first hour to tackle the moving ball of Suranga Lakmal, but it did not come off as Embuldeniya struck from the other end. The pitch had already showed a few demons on just the 1st session of day 02, through several deliveries from the 23-year old left-arm spinner’s extraordinary spin off the surface, with Embuldeniya helping himself to another 4-wicket haul. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 406, presenting a huge challenge for the visitors.

Sri Lanka openers, Captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando, had to come out to bat for a tricky 3-over spell before the conclusion of the 1st session. The pair remained unscathed to return back to the dressing room for Lunch.

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The following session was all about Sri Lanka and their openers as the pair accumulated 88 runs, scoring at a healthy 3.00 rpo while punishing the Zimbabwean bowling attack at their will. Fernando was the aggressor of the partnership, though he slowed down in the latter part of his innings after the dismissal of Karunaratne. The pair scores 44 a piece in their 94 runs. partnership.

The next men in, Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews, survived the rest of the play, taking Sri Lanka to 122. Mendis’ stay was a bit tentative as he presented 2 chances in the last hour of the day, but was lucky to survive and remain unbeaten at 19. Mathews, who was the craftsman of 1st Test win with a double century, was assured as ever and had no worries in his 37-ball stay.

Read – Mathews back in top 20 after Harare double-century

The Tea session was reduced to 21 overs because of bad light, as Sri Lanka were 284 runs behind Zimbabwe’s 1st innings total at the stumps of day 02. The play will begin half an hour early tomorrow to compensate for the overs lost on day 02.

>>Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe 2020<<

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