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Herath's 10-wicket haul takes Sri Lanka close to series whitewash

Herath's 10-wicket haul takes Sri Lanka close to series whitewash
Rangana Herath completed another five-wicket haul
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Sri Lanka 504 & 258-9 dec (Karunaratne 88) v
Zimbabwe 272 & 180-7 (Ervine 65no)
Second Test, Harare, day four

Rangana Herath picked yet another 10-wicket haul as Zimbabwe are reeling at 180 for seven in a chase of 491 runs at stumps on day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Harare.

Sri Lanka resumed the day at 102 for four with a massive lead of 334 runs on the board. The first run of the day came in the 22nd delivery when Asela Gunaratne (39) edged one to the third man boundary. Few overs later, he was dropped by Malcolm Waller at square leg.

Gunaratne's 69-run stand with Dimuth Karunaratne (88) finally ended when he was trapped LBW by Donald Tiripano (1-14).

Kusal Perera (62) started his innings with aggression but Sri Lanka lost Karunratne after he was dismissed LBW by Chris Mpofu (1-51). He went on to use a review but it went in vain.

Zimbabwe made a brief comeback when Dilruwan Perera (2) edged a Graeme Cremer (4-91) delivery to the first slip. Sri Lanka were placed at 201 for seven at that stage.

Kusal along with Suranga Lakmal (21 not out) switched gears for Sri Lanka from there on and added a quick 47-run stand before the former was dismissed. However, he completed his half-century in the process. Sri Lanka declared their innings following the dismissal of Kusal, setting an improbable target of 491 for the home side.

Sri Lanka were rattled early in their chase as Herath (5-45) dismissed Tino Mawoyo (15) and Brian Chari (8) in a span of two overs while Hamitlon Masakadza (10) had another failure after he was trapped LBW by the Sri Lankan captain.

Craig Ervine (65 not out) and Sean Williams (45) put on a brave 74-run stand but Lahiru Kumara (1-42) had the latter caught in the slips.

Sri Lanka continued to chip away with the wickets as they removed Waller (0), Peter Moor (20) and Graeme Cremer (5) before stumps, leaving Ervine stranded at one with an unbeaten fifty. Zimbabwe found themselves in deep trouble at 180 for seven and are on a brink of a 2-0 series whitewash.

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