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  • 8:41 PM IST

    LIVE – Sri Lanka 5/0, Dimuth Karunaratne 1*, Kaushal Silva 3* | Lead 169|: STUMPS And that’s it from Harare. A wonderful day of cricket which saw runs and wickets tumble in heaps. Zimbabwe skipper Greame Cremer struck his maiden Test ton to guide his team past the follow-on run mark

  • 8:31 PM IST

    LIVE – Sri Lanka 0/0, Dimuth Karunaratne 0*, Kaushal Silva 0* | Lead 164 |: Sri Lanka start their second innings will be eying not to lose any wickets in his 3-over session. Chris Mpofu will start the proceeding for Zimbabwe.

  • 8:18 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 373 | Graeme Cremer 102*: OUT! And Lakhmal bags his third as Mpofu gets his stumps castled. Greame Cremer remained unbeaten on 102*. Sri Lanka were made to fight for wickets. Sri Lanka gain a lead of 164 runs.

  • 8:07 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 367 for 9, Graeme Cremer 100*, Chris Mpofu 0* :

    100! What a brilliant knock this has been. Cremer gets to his first Test ton. Sixth Zimbabwe captain to achieve this feat. Chris Mpofu is out as the last man in.

    OUT!!! Absolutely poor shot by Carl Mumba. Herath saw the batsmen come down the track and out witted him.

  • 7:54 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 363 for 8, Graeme Cremer 96*: OUT! Tiripano departs for 46. Kusal Mendis gets his first wicket. Graeme Cremer gets into the 90s for the first time. Donald Tiripano was the perfect foil to Cremer. Mind you, Zimbabwe were 166 for 6 at one time. Dilruwan Perera and Kusal Mendis have toiled hard without any success to their name.

  • 7:33 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 340 for 7, Graeme Cremer 82*, Donald Tiripano 37*: So, Zimbabwe avoid the follow on. Terrific effort by the skipper Cremer, Moor and of course Tiripano to take the hosts to this position. Cremer leading from front must inspire the team, his shots look very confident.

  • 7:06 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 320 for 7, Graeme Cremer 77*, Donald Tiripano 23*: Great show by Zimbabwe so far, chasing Sri Lanka’s first innings score of 237 runs. Cremer has been relentless scoring runs, he has been calm and composed. Donald Tiripano has provided good hand so far in his 62 ball stay.

  • 6:45 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 304 for 7, Graeme Cremer 70*, Donald Tiripano 14*: Cremer has looked super against pace-man, has been hit on the helmet quite a few times. Four and Zimbabwe bring up their 300 run mark. Donald Tripano has been good with the bat replacing Peter Moor who departed playing 140 balls. Cremer has been going good en-route his maiden Test ton.

  • 6:09 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 290 for 7, Graeme Cremer 61*, Donald Tiripano 9*: TEA The team, especially the lower-middle-order has done what was expected from the proper batsmen. The biggest partnership came from Cremer and Moor. Zimbabwe need to work on their plan properly. The bowlers had given away too many runs while batsmen failed to do what was expected of them.

  • 5:36 PM IST

    OUT! Peter Moor c Dilruwan Perera b Lahiru Kumara 79 (84)

  • 5:31 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 266 for 6, Graeme Cremer 50*, Peter Moor 75*: Back from drinks and here’s a magnificent 50 from Graeme Cremer. The innings came in the right time and they look stead to escape follow on.

  • 4:47 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 226 for 6, Graeme Cremer 25*, Peter Moor 60*: A much-needed 50 for Zimbabwe at this point of time after a number of wickets. Moor has played a superb knock here, scoring Zimbabwe’s fastest half-century against Sri Lanka. The innings had some majestic shots. Looks in good touch. Good support from Cremer at the other end.

  • 3:56 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 174 for 6, Graeme Cremer 10*, Peter Moor 25*: It is lunch. Zimbabwe do not look in a very good position currently, losing 6 wickets and it looks really hard for them to get to the target Moor and Cremer still trying to build a partnership here to reduce the margin.

  • 3:13 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 158 for 6, Graeme Cremer 6*, Peter Moor 14*: Back to back wickets fell and Zimbabwe at back foot. No big partnership since the one last night between Hamilton and Mawoyo. Sri Lanka are cruising towards a good lead. Meanwhile, Moor hits a four and a six, releases the pressure a bit.

  • 3:09 PM IST

    OUT! Malcolm Waller lbw b Dilruwan Perera 22 (29)

  • 3:07 PM IST

    OUT! Craig Ervine lbw b Dilruwan Perera 12 (36)

  • 2:34 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 113 for 4, Craig Ervine 9*, Malcolm Waller 3*: Zimbabwe lose yet another and this is a big one. Williams recently scored a magnificent century in the Test series against New Zealand and was expected to play a similar knock in this match.

  • 2:22 PM IST

    OUT! Sean Williams c Asela Gunaratne b Rangana Herath 10 (14)

  • 2:09 PM IST

    LIVE – Zimbabwe 98 for 3, Craig Ervine 4*, Sean Williams 2*:
    Not the start of the day Zimbabwe wanted. Suranga Lakmal removed both
    the set batsmen and the hosts are now left with a set of new batsmen at
    the crease which will buy them time to settle. The target is huge and
    losing wickets regularly will not help.

  • 1:55 PM IST

    OUT! Hamilton Masakadza c Dimuth Karunaratne b Suranga Lakmal 33 (63)

  • 1:52 PM IST

    OUT! Tino Mawoyo c Asela Gunaratne b Suranga Lakmal 45 (93)

  • 1:32 PM IST

    Update: Temp 33 degrees, lots of cracks and Sri Lanka have Rangana Herath. Not a good news for the hosts.

Zimbabwe will first look to avoid follow-on © AFP
Zimbabwe will first look to avoid follow-on © AFP

Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Two of the first Test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club, Harare. Zimbabwe ended Day One on a high as they were 88 for 1, still trailing Sri Lanka by 449 runs. Sri Lanka were earlier bowled out for 537, thanks to centuries from  Kusal Perera and Upul Tharanga. Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne and debutant Asela Gunaratne scored fifties for the Island Nation. Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer toiled hard for his wickets but in the end finished with four to his name. Chris Mpofu too was good for the hosts, ending the innings with figures of 2 for 96. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Harare

Rangana Herath struck in his very first over of his captaincy debut to send Brian Chari back to the pavilion. Hamilton Masakadza and opener Tino Mawoyo have built a solid 67-run stand and will look to consolidate on it when play resumes on Day Two. Herath has used four bowlers so far, but none other than the skipper managed to get any breakthroughs. Sri Lanka will want to ensure that they get a few quick wickets in the first session, which would put the pressure right back on Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe need a total of 338 or more to make Sri Lanka bat again and that will be their first target, when play resumes on Day Two. Sri Lanka are without their regular captain Angelo Mathews and vice-captain Dinesh Chandimal, who are out due to injuries. They are expected to be back for the tri-series, which will feature Zimbabwe and also the West Indies, who are currently playing a Test series against Pakistan in the UAE.

Sri Lanka are going into the series with a 3-0 whitewash of Australia at home. Herath was the main destructor in that series and will look to play a similar role in this series as well. Zimbabwe on the other hand lost a home series to New Zealand 2-0. They returned to Test cricket after a long break and were a bit rusty in that series. They will however look to make amends in this series.

Coming back to this match, it was Sri Lanka, who won the toss and elected to bat first. Both sides have a few new faces. For Sri Lanka, Asela Gunaratne and fast bowler Lahiru Kumara are playing their first Test. For Zimbabwe however, Carl Mumba made his international debut. Mumba also became Zimbabwe’s 100th  Test player.

Teams:

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Tino Mawoyo, Brian Chari, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor (wk), Donald Tiripano, Carl Mumba, Chris Mpofu

Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (c), Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Upul Tharanga, Asela Gunaratne, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara