Raza rocks as Zimbabwe on top
Despite an early batting collapse, Zimbabwe have regained their lost control in the Colombo Test against Sri Lanka thanks to the heroics from Sikandar Raza and Malcolm Waller. The duo helped the visitors stretch their second innings lead over Sri Lanka to 136 in the one-off Test on Sunday (July 16).
Sikandar Raza hit a gritty 97 not out to help Zimbabwe recover from a top-order collapse. They were 252 for six at stumps on day three, with Raza and Malcolm Waller (57) putting on an unbeaten 107-run stand for the seventh-wicket.
Raza lifted Zimbabwe from a precarious 23-4, followed by 59-5, after Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath rattled the visitors’ batting with four early wickets.
Earlier, Zimbabwe captain and leg-spinner Graeme Cremer (5-125) took his maiden five-wicket haul to help his side to restrict Sri Lanka to 346 after the hosts had resumed on 293-7.
Sri Lanka have been hampered by a left hamstring injury to all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, who has been told he needs a recovery period of up to 10 days and will not bowl or field in the remainder of the ongoing Test.
While Sri Lanka look for redemption under new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal after their shock loss in the one-day series against Zimbabwe, the visitors eye their first-ever Test win over the islanders.
Zimbabwe 356 and 252 for 6 (Raza 97*, Waller 57*, Herath 4-85) lead Sri Lanka 346 (Tharanga 71, Chandimal 55, Gunaratne 45, Cremer 5-125) by 262 run.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com