Spinners keep Sri Lanka in check on day two

Dinesh Chandimal had a tough day on his second day as captain
Dinesh Chandimal had a tough day on his second day as captain

Zimbabwe 356 (Ervine 160) v
Sri Lanka 293-7 (Tharanga 71)
Only Test, Colombo, day two

Graeme Cremer led from the front with a three-wicket haul as Zimbabwe restricted Sri Lanka to 293 for seven at stumps on day two of the only Test in Colombo.

It was Zimbabwe, who resumed their first innings on the second day with a score of 344 for eight. However, they were able to add just 12 more runs to it with Rangana Herath (5-116), who completed yet another five-wicket haul accounted for Donald Tiripano (27) while Lahiru Kumara (2-68) got rid of Craig Ervine (160).

Upul Tharanga (71) gave a positive start to the Sri Lankan innings after hitting six boundaries in the first five overs. The 50 run opening stand came up just 76 deliveries with Dimuth Karunaratne (25) contributing 13 of it.

Zimbabwe's desperate hope of a breakthrough took further beating as they took an unsuccessive review against Tharanga for LBW in the 15th over. Sri Lanka went into lunch with score reading 77 for two.

In the second over of the post lunch session, Tiripano (1-38) had Karunaratne caught in the slips and few overs later, Cremer (3-100) got rid off Kusal Mendis (11). The wickets continued to tumble as an indecision in running led to a run out of Tharanga and Sri Lanka slipped to 117 for three.

Dinesh Chadimal (55) and Angelo Mathews (41) used all their experience to take Sri Lanka out of the woods with their 96 run stand for the fourth wicket before Cremer returned back to have the Sri Lankan captain caught behind and few overs later he also castled Niroshan Dickwella (6).

With Mathews also edging a Sean Williams (1-34) delivery behind, Dilruwan Perera (33) and Asela Gunaratne (24) added a brief 36 run stand for the seventh wicket. However, Perera was run out at the stroke of the stumps at which Sri Lanka were positioned 293 for seven.

Sri Lanka were trailing Zimbabwe by 63 runs with three wickets in hand heading into day three.

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