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  • 9:06 PM IST

    End of Day One at Harare as Dhananjaya de Silva completes his second Test match hundred in 5 matches. Imrpessive stuff from De Silva ash he gets to his ton in 197 balls. And at stumps Sri Lanka have reached a total of 290 for the loss of 5 wickets and they will be hoping to go ahead as much as they can on Day two. Zimbabwe bolwers did look fatal dusring the first session but could not carry on and gave away the domination against Tharanga and De Silva. With all this happening today, Day Two promises to be cracker for sure. So be back tomorrow for the live updates of Day Two. Till then take care!

  • 8:02 PM IST

    LIVE: ZIM vs SL 2nd Test | SL 261/5 | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 79, Asela Gunaratne 5: DRS used for the very first time for Zimbabwe finally. Tharanga had nicked the ball but umpire Fry turns it down and the hosts straightaway go for reveiw. There was a deflection, and
    Gremer provides the breakthrough annd Tharanga walks
    off for 79. Much needed breakthrough here for Zimbabwe but De Silva is still there and looking very much at ease.

  • 7:00 PM IST

    LIVE: ZIM vs SL 2nd Test | SL 203/4 | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 51, Upul Tharanga 54: Both Tharanga and de Silva have scored their respective half-centuries and have taken the game away from Zimbabwe. The hosts had the chance to dominate the match here by taking 1-2 more wickets but both the batsmen at crease have batted responsibly and this is hwere the game has giot away from hosts.

  • 6:02 PM IST

    LIVE: ZIM vs SL 2nd Test | SL 180/4 | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 33, Upul Tharanga 50: Both Tharanga and de Silva has taken up the responsibility of stabilising the fallen innings and they are doing an excellent job here. They have applied all their experience here and Upul Tharanga has also scored his 6th Test fifty here. Still a long way to on Day One but so far so good for Sri Lanka

  • 4:57 PM IST

    LIVE: ZIM vs SL 2nd Test | SL 132/4 | Batting: Dhananjaya de Silva 10, Upul Tharanga 25: Kind of an unsettled start from Sri Lanka. They lost Kusal Mendis immediately after the lunch break. Tiripano was the lucky bowler. The Zimbabwean bowling has been excellent today as they have stuck to a tight line and length since the start of this Test. Good cricket all around from the hosts, while Tharanga and de Silva have a big task to stabilise their fallen innings as they are supposed to be the dominating team in this contest.

  • 3:22 PM IST

    LIVE: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test | SL 84/2 | Batting: Kaushal Silva 37, Kusal Mendis 14: The run riot that began with Karunarathne and Silva, has turned out to be slow. Meanwhile, the other match between South Africa and Australia bore no result as South Africa continued to hold fort. So the result for that will be announced on Day 5. Sri Lanka are on top with their innings and going steady.

  • 2:52 PM IST

    LIVE: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test | SL 66/2 | Batting: Kaushal Silva 33, Kusal Mendis 0: And a much needed break through for the Zimbabwe. Masakadza is on a roll and he has got two wickets already. Kusal Perera, who just entered after the dismissal of Karunarathne, was gone for 4 while the former was gone for 26. This is exactly the spirit that Zimbabwe will need to develop. Kusal Mendia comes into play.

  • 2:34 PM IST

    LIVE: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test | SL 60/0 | Batting: Kaushal Silva 33, Dimuth Karunaratne 24: So Zimbabwe can bowl maiden overs as well. However, Sri Lanka find their way all the way to fifty runs already. Karunarathne is looking for yet another half-century here. But looks like Kaushal Silva will get his fifty up first. Sri Lanka are not yet done with the winning momentum. Silva is happy with the boundaries and Zimbabwe are helping Sri Lanka go for the runs further.

  • 1:54 PM IST

    LIVE: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test | SL 14/0 | Batting: Kaushal Silva 10, Dimuth Karunaratne 3: So, the second Test starts with the hosts hoping to square the series. They will have to take wickets regularly, not letting any partnership build.

  • 1:19 PM IST

    TOSS: Zimbabwe won the toss and elected field.

Sri Lanka are definitely in the driver's seat as they lead the two-Test series, by a margin of 255 runs. Photo Courtesy: Twitter
Sri Lanka are definitely in the driver’s seat as they lead the two-Test series, by a margin of 255 runs. Photo Courtesy: Twitter

Good Afternoon, Goeie More, සුභ උදෑසනක්! Hello and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of Day 1 of the second and final Test between hosts Zimbabwe and visitors Sri Lanka, at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday. I am Rohan Sawant, and I will be bringing to you the live updates from this match. Sri Lanka are definitely in the driver’s seat as they lead the two-Test series, by a margin of 255 runs, while the Zimbabweans would be on a desperate attempt to win this tie and level things up to save themselves from an embarrassment, especially by losing a Test series at home, and put their Test status in jeopardy. Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test at Harare

Meanwhile, cricket’s umpiring Decision Review System will be used in Zimbabwe for the first time on Sunday when the hosts take on Sri Lanka in the second Test at Harare Sports Club. The DRS has widely been seen as a solution to cutting out umpiring errors in the game, but it has not been universally adopted since its initial trial in 2008. While India has refused to use the system in the past because it did not believe that the technology it is based on was foolproof, countries such as Zimbabwe have not had the funds required for it, reported AFP.

”I look at matches in different parts of the world, and I see the different levels of technology and you see umpires are left without conclusive evidence in one series where in another series they might have conclusive evidence with all tools available,” the International Cricket Council’s general manager of cricket operations Geoff Allardice said this week, added AFP. Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2016: Hosts all set to make use of DRS

Zimbabwe Cricket have arranged for the system to be used in Sunday’s second Test against Sri Lanka, with the home side hoping that it can reduce the number of poor decisions that go against them. Six of the seven incorrect umpiring decisions in the first Test were in Sri Lanka’s favour, as the tourists won by 225 runs, reports AFP again.

“I think [the errors] have been well documented,” said Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak on Saturday. “I think the DRS is good because it can negate the element of human error. “Obviously anyone can make a mistake, but the less of those that have an influence on the game, the better.” The system will also be used in the triangular one-day series that follows, when Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka will be joined by the West Indies,.

“It’s nice to have it because we need to use the technology – I’m happy to have it,” said Rangana Herath, who is leading Sri Lanka in the Test series. Both sides confirmed a clean bill of health on Saturday, and suggested that changes were unlikely for the final Test of the series.

Squads:

Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (c), Tino Mawoyo, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva, Peter Moor (wk), Donald Tiripano, Chris Mpofu, Taurai Muzarabani, Michael Chinouya, Brian Chari, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Carl Mumba, Tarisai Musakanda.

Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (wk), Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath (c), Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Gamage, Suranga Lakmal, Asela Gunaratne, Upul Tharanga.

Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test at Harare