SL beat ZIM by 10 wickets | Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, Highlights And Cricket Score 1st Test Match
Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2 Test Series, 2020Date: Jan 19, 2020 Start Time: 13:30 IST | 08:00 GMT | 10:00 Local
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Sikandar Raza was the star for the hosts with the ball in hand. Raza, who scored 72 runs with the bat and shared a 159-run stand with skipper and centurion Sean Williams for the fifth wicket, achieved career-best figures of 7/113 as Zimbabwe bundled Sri Lanka for 293 runs to take a 113-run opening innings lead. Angelo Mathews was the only Sri Lanka batsman to record a fifty.
Raza completed career-best figures of 7/113 as Zimbabwe bundled Sri Lanka for 293 runs in the first innings. Angelo Mathews was the only batsmen from the visitors to record a half-century or more with Dimuth Karunaratne (44), Oshada Fernando (44), Dhananjaya de Silva (42) and Vishwa Fernando (38) getting good starts but failing to convert them into big scores.
Kusal Mendis (19) and Angelo Mathews (4) were at the crease when stumps was called on Day 2 of the Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test match. Hosts, Zimbabwe, will hope to bundle Sri Lanka for as less as possible and take a first-innings lead as they aim to level the series having lost the first Test by 10 wickets. Zimbabwe scored over 300 in the first game but failed to take lead.
Sean Williams struck his second Test hundred and forged a 159-run stand with Sikandar Raza (72) to rescue Zimbabwe from 133/4 at one stage and take them past the 300-run mark after Suranga Lakmal had threatened to bring Sri Lanka Back into the contest with two wickets in the space four overs.
Sean Williams second Test hundred, however, couldn’t overshadow the hard work put by the Zimbabwe middle-order after slipping into 133/4 at one stage. Taylor’s half-century and his 65-run partnership with Kevin Kasuza (38) somehow resurrected the hopes both of their dismissal in quick succession left Zimbabwe tottering again.
After Mathews’ double ton, fast-bowler Suranga Lakmal dented Zimbabwe with a four-wicket haul. Apart from him, Lahiru Kumara scalped three wickets, Lasith Embuldeniya and Kasun Rajitha picked two and one wickets each.
Other than Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Suranga Lakmal and Lasith Embuldeniya came good for the Lankans. On the other hand, the home side will look to rectify their mistakes in order to put up an improved performance in the next game. Veterans like Sean Williams, Brendan Taylor and Craig Ervine will be expected to put their hands up .
Angelo Mathews was the standout performer for the visitors as he mustered his maiden double century in Tests and put his side on the driver’s seat. Other than him, Lasith Embuldeniya and Suranga Lakmal came good with the ball in hand and will be expected to continue their good run in the next clash too.
Pacers Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara backed up Angelo Mathews' Day 4 double ton to ensure a 10-wicket win for Sri Lanka in their first Test against Zimbabwe on Thursday in Harare. Lakmal picked up four wickets and Kumara took three as Zimbabwe were all out for 170 in their second innings.
It was a distant cry from the early stages of the session when Zimbabwe, playing their first Test since November 2018, appeared to be sliding to defeat as Lakmal plucked out the top three, all left-handers. In his first over, the second of the day, with Zimbabwe resuming on 30 without loss, Lakmal found some extra bounce to find the edge of Prince Masvaure's bat.
Senior batsman Angelo Mathews scored his maiden double century as Sri Lanka secured a first-innings lead of 157 runs on day four of the first Test. Mathews finished unbeaten on 200 as he took Sri Lanka past 500-run mark.
Well, there is no broadcaster available for 2020 Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe in India, but the good news is that there will live streaming available online.
The visitors will indeed look forward to coming out with a better batting plan on Day 3 of Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Match, 2020. The home team has posted a good total of 358 runs in the 1st inning, however, the bowlers will now have to do the job to restrict Sri Lankan inning at a lower total.
Craig Ervine was wonderful on the second day of the match as he scored 85 runs off 187 deliveries. Sikandar Raza and Donald Tiripano also contributed important runs with the bat as Zimbabwe reached a commanding total of 358. Lasith Embuldeniya was terrific with the ball as he completed a five-wicket haul while Suranaga Lakmal bagged three wickets for himself.
Earlier in the match, Sean Williams won the toss and asked the visiting side to bowl first. The opening pair of Prince Masvaure and Kevin Kasuza gave the hosts a good start and piled up 96 runs for the first wicket. Both the openers crossed the fifty-run mark but failed to convert it into a big score.
Zimbabwe lost by 118 runs against Bangladesh in their last Test match before the ICC ban. Despite the defeat, they drew that series against Bangladesh with their 151-run victory in the 1st Test match ending the series as 1-1. Zimbabwe have gone a wholesome change since then with their captain in that series – Hamilton Masakadza – not the country’s director of cricket.