Craig Ervine's unbeaten 151 inspires Zimbabwe to 344 for eight on day one

Craig Ervine's knock had 13 boundaries and a six
Craig Ervine's knock had 13 boundaries and a six

Zimbabwe 344-8 (Ervine 151no) v Sri Lanka
Only Test, Colombo, day one

Craig Ervine scored his career best knock of unbeaten 151 as Zimbabwe managed to end day one with a score of 344 for eight in the only Test match against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Zimbabwe won the toss and decided to bat first. Zimbabwe openers Hamilton Masakadza (19) and Regis Chakabva (12) provided stand of 21 for naught in seven overs but Rangana Herath (4-106) in his first over castled the latter.

Masakadza too failed to carry on from his start as he became the second victim of Herath and in the next over Lahiru Kumara (1-66) had Tarisai Musakanda (6) caught behind. Sri Lanka used a review to overturn the decision.

Sean Williams (22) looked positive during his 26-ball knock but he fell at the stroke of lunch as Zimbabwe ended the first session at 96 for four.

As Ervine (151 not out) held one end, Sikandar Raza (36) looked positive at the other end, hitting two boundaries and a six. The duo added 84 runs for the fifth wicket before Herath returned back to trap Raza LBW.

Ervine completed a 77 ball fifty and had Malcolm Waller (36) for company with the latter scoring at a strike-rate of 92. A double strike from Herath and Asela Gunaratne (2-28) dented Zimbabwe's momentum and restricted them to 282 for eight.

However, Ervine, who went past his career highest score of 146 added unbeaten 62 run partnership with Donald Tiripano (24 not out) for the eighth wicket to take the score to 344 for eight at the end of 90 overs.

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