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Raza’s career-best 7-fer put Zimbabwe on the driving seat

Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe – 2nd Test

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Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka
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Zimbabwe dominated the day 03 proceedings at Harare Sports Club in the 2nd Test of Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe. The all-rounder Sikandar Raza ran through Sri Lankan batting order to restrict them 293, giving Zimbabwe a lead of 113 runs.

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Sri Lanka resumed their innings on 122/2 on day 03, still trailing by 284 runs to Zimbabwe’s huge 1st innings score of 406 with overnight batsmen Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews on 19 and 4 respectively.

Lankans were on the defense for the first hour sneaking only 38 runs in 14 overs but, lost 2 wickets in quick succession as Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal were sent back to the dressing room by Sikandar Raza who consistently asked questions of the Lankans in the first hour.

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Unfortunately, Kavin Kasuza was struck flush on the helmet once again by Mendis’ strong pull shot as the ball bounced up to square leg fielder, where Carl Mumba grabbed the chance with both hands. However, Kasuza was stretchered off the field by the medical staff after the blow, this being the 2nd time in this series this has happened. Kasuza was replaced by a concussion substitute in the first Test match after another serious blow by the same batsman.

Credits – Zimbabwe Cricket

After the two dismissals, the new man in Dhananjaya de Silva dominated the Zimbabwean bowling attack with his flawless strokeplay as he found boundaries at will. His partner Mathews joined the party with a few sixes off Raza’s bowling and reached his 35th Test half-century.  While doing so, he also equaled the record for the greatest number of sixes in Test Cricket by a Sri Lankan which is held by Mahela Jayewardene.

After a dominant partnership of 84 runs by Mathews and Dhananjaya, the latter threw his wicket away in the last over before lunch, leaving Sri Lanka 226/5.

After Lunch, Sri Lanka collapsed like a pack of cards courtesy of Sikandar Raza who claimed 7 for 113, which is the 2nd best figures by a Zimbabwean in Test innings. Mathews fell for a well-made 64 as he couldn’t repeat his heroics like last week. Zimbabwe’s lead was eaten by Vishwa Fernando who managed to add valuable 38 runs to the scorecard, reducing the lead to 113 runs.

At the stumps of day 03, Zimbabweans led Sri Lanka by 175 runs, adding 62 more to the total at a cost of only 1 wicket, as Vishwa Fernando dismissed Zimbabwe skipper Sean Williams for 13. Currently, Prince Masvaure and Regis Chakabva occupy the crease and will look to stretch their lead past 300 to challenge Sri Lanka on day 04.

Zimbabwe has only won Test matches against India, Bangladesh and Pakistan but never beaten Sri Lanka in their history.

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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