Zimbabwe batsmen show fight in Harare


Zimbabwe reached stumps on day two of the second Test against Sri Lanka on 126 for two, a good position indeed, but still trailing by 378 runs.

Sri Lanka had recorded 504 all out thanks to Dhananjaya de Silva and Asela Gunaratne’s centuries, and the hosts responded well after two early wickets thanks to Craig Ervine (60) and Brian Chari (60).

The day began with Sri Lanka on 290 for five, with De Silva already on 100 overnight. Gunaratne was on 13, and he went on to record his maiden century in only his second Test.

De Silva added 27 runs to his overnight score before being caught and bowled by opposition captain Graeme Cremer, leaving Gunaratne to bat on with Dilruwan Perera.

The pair added a half century stand before Perera was out for 34 to Cremer, and then Rangana Herath frustrated the home bowlers by making 27 off 51 balls.

Gunaratne was the final wicket to fall, having made 116, stumped by PJ Moor off Sean Williams’ bowling. This ushered in the tea break.

The evening session started well for Sri Lanka as they remmoved Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza for a sum total of three runs.

But it was all Ervine and Chari from there, bringing up their fifties off 70 and 71 balls respectively, and both reaching 60 in the five minutes before stumps.