Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga taps one down the pitch, as Zimbabwe wicketkeeper, Peter Moor looks on during day two of the first Test at Harare Sports Club. BY Kevin Mapasure
Stumps Zimbabwe 88 for 1 (Mawoyo 41*, Masakadza 33*) trail Sri Lanka 537 (Tharanga 110*, Perera 110, Cremer 4-142) by 449 runs
Sri Lanka’s Upul Tharanga taps one down the pitch, as Zimbabwe wicketkeeper, Peter Moor looks on during day two of the first Test at Harare Sports Club
ZIMBABWE staged a commendable fight back with the bat on day two of their first Test against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club yesterday with 88 for 1 at stumps in reply to the tourists’ huge first innings score of 537 all out.
The hosts squandered opportunities during Sri Lanka’s innings, with wicketkeeper, Peter Moor dropping two catches, as well as missing a stumping opportunity, while Tino Mawoyo also dropped a catch.
Having been clumsy, Zimbabwe could ill afford that with the bat and opening batsman, Mawoyo led an assured Zimbabwe’s first innings accumulation, with 41 not out, while Hamilton Masakadza, batting at number three had 33 as Zimbabwe negotiated 23 overs late in the day.
Mawoyo’s opening partner, Brain Chari was the only casualty after he was trapped leg before by stand in skipper, Rangana Herath after scoring just five runs from 14 balls.
Both Mawoyo and Masakadza were solid with the bat, and were not only intent on staying in but played shots in a bid to cut the huge first innings deficit and in the end they would have been reasonably pleased with their efforts, although the shortfall stood at 449 runs.
Mawoyo faced 74 balls for his total, scoring six boundaries on the way, while Masakadza used up 50 balls for his 33, which also featured half a dozen fours.
Earlier in the day, Zimbabwe took six wickets to wrap up Sri Lanka’s first innings with the Asians having resumed on an overnight score of 317 for 4.
Sri Lanka added 120 runs to their day one score to put themselves in a strong position in this Test.
Upul Theranga made sure that the task would be a mammoth one for Zimbabwe, with an unbeaten century, finishing on 110 having resumed on an overnight score of 13, while Asela Gunaratne made 54 runs from 102 deliveries.
Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored 25 runs, became Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer’s fourth victim and the hosts’ first scalp of the day, with Sean Williams taking the catch.
Williams got in among the wickets when he claimed the scalp of Gunaratne, with Cremer completing the catch, while Carl Mumba and Malcolm Waller had a wicket apiece.
Seamer, Chris Mpofu took out tail-enders Surunga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara for seven and zero respectively.
Mawoyo and Masakadza will resume this morning, hoping to display the same solidity they displayed yesterday.
Zimbabwe; Tino Mawoyo, Brian Chari, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer, Donald Tiripano, Carl Mumba, Chris Mpofu.
Sri Lanka; Dimuth Karunantne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, upul Tharanga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.