Sri Lanka number four Kusal Mendis was forced to be an opener, for all intents and purposes, on day three of the first Test in Pallekele, and frustrated the Australia bowlers till bad light stopped play.
Sri Lanka staged a comeback on day two of the first Test in Kandy, but Australia were still on top when rain again brought proceedings to a halt just before tea. Sri Lanka will resume on day three still 80 runs behind Australia with nine wickets in hand.
Zimbabwe have yet to record a victory over New Zealand at Test level and with the home side hit hard by injuries to their frontline bowlers that trend looks set to continue in Bulawayo.
With the weather set to play along and allow a full five days potentially, this also means the already sluggish track will dry out even further and crack up a bit.
Australia forced home an early advantage on Day 1 of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Kandy despite losing the whole evening session to rain. The tourists bowled Sri Lanka out for 117 in just 34.2 overs after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first.