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Rain spoils Zimbabwe’s day

Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe | 2nd Test – Day 4

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Groundsmen drag a sail onto the field to cover the pitch as rain has delayed play during the third day of the second Test cricket match between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at the Harare Sports Club in Harare on January 29, 2020. (Photo by SIMON MAINA / AFP)

Rain and bad light during the latter half of day 4 in the 2nd Test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka meant that play was cut short with Zimbabwe well ahead, leading by 354 runs.

Brendan Taylor, who was the man to turn the tables on Sri Lanka in the 1st innings, with a run-a-ball 62, did so once again, looking to score runs quickly in the first session of play, putting Sri Lanka under pressure as the hosts’ lead grew. 

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Lasith Embuldeniya gave Sri Lanka the start they wanted, dismissing overnight batsman Regis Chakabva within the 1st half hour, but Taylor, along with Prince Masvaure combined to put on 47 runs for the 3rd wicket before the latter was run-out. One wicket brought another as concussion substitute Timycen Maruma was dismissed short after, stumped off the bowling of Embuldeniya. Maruma replaced Kevin Kasuza, who was hit on the head while fielding close in yesterday; Kasuza was also subbed out in the first test in eerily similar circumstances. 

Taylor batted on, going past the 50-run mark and carrying Zimbabwe’s lead towards 250 but an inswinger from Kumara trapped him in front of the stumps to give Sri Lanka a 5th wicket. Taylor indicated that he had hit the ball, but with no DRS available in the series, he was forced to leave the crease.

Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams scored some quick runs with a few loose deliveries being offered up by the Sri Lankan bowlers and by lunch the lead had swelled to 292.

The post lunch session was a frustrating one for Sri Lanka as Zimbabwe continued to milk the runs with the field well spread out. Raza and Williams added a crucial 70 runs to the total before Vishwa Fernando got Raza out LBW – replays showed the ball pitching outside the leg stump, but once again, with no DRS, there was no reprieve for Raza.

Williams kept going as he had in the 1st innings until bad light and eventually rain stopped play for good on day 4.

With a lead of 354 already in the bank, Zimbabwe could well be tempted to declare overnight, however, the fact that Sri Lanka chased down 390 the last time the two sides met prior to this series, would make them naturally a little more wary when setting the visitors a target.

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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