Asela Gunaratne scored his maiden Test hundred    AFP
Asela Gunaratne scored his maiden Test hundred AFP

Zimbabwe legspinner Graeme Cremer dismissed centurion Dhananjaya de Silva, but Sri Lanka still made swift progress with the bat on the second morning of the second Test at Harare Sports Club on Monday. Cremer had De Silva caught and bowled for 127 and also trapped Dilruwan Perera lbw for 34, but Sri Lanka still added 124 runs in the morning session to go to lunch on 414 for seven. Zimbabwe s attempts to get stuck into the Sri Lankan tail early on day two were hampered by further dropped catches. The tourists resumed on 290 for five, and De Silva saw a return catch put down by fast bowler Carl Mumba after he had added just 13 runs to his overnight score of 100. After Cremer had finally dismissed the centurion, Perera enjoyed some fortune when wicketkeeper Peter Moor dropped a regulation catch off the bowling of Chris Mpofu. Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test at Harare

Asela Gunaratne scored his maiden Test hundred as Sri Lanka posted a mammoth 504 to put Zimbabwe on the back foot on the second day of the second Test at Harare Sports Club on Monday. Playing just his second Test, Gunaratne scored 116 to marshal the tail to good effect and frustrate the Zimbabwean bowlers, before his dismissal brought the end of the Sri Lankan innings on the stroke of tea. The tourists began the day on 290 for five, with Gunaratne on 13, and despite losing centurion Dhananjaya de Silva they were able to make rapid progress during the morning session.

De Silva was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Graeme Cremer for 127, but Gunaratne added 54 for the seventh wicket with Dilruwan Perera at a swift rate. Perera was then trapped lbw by Cremer for 34, but Gunaratne went to lunch on 64 having helped Sri Lanka add 124 runs in the session. After lunch the 30-year-old increased his rate of scoring further in a 75-run stand for the eighth wicket with captain Rangana Herath, who made 27. Seamer Donald Tiripano had Herath caught behind and then bowled Suranga Lakmal, but No. 11 Lahiru Kumara held on long enough for Gunaratne to reach three figures and carry the score past 500. It was the fifth straight Test match in which Zimbabwe, who trail 1-0 in the two-match series, had conceded 500 runs in an innings.

 

Allrounder Asela Gunaratne proved the bedrock for Sri Lanka s progress, moving from 13 at the start of the day to 64 not out at lunch. Earlier on Day One an unbeaten century from Dhananjaya de Silva put Sri Lanka in control of the second and final Test against Zimbabwe after a fluctuating first day at Harare Sports Club on Sunday. De Silva came to the wicket with Sri Lanka struggling on 112 for four after they had lost the toss and been asked to bat but showed greater application than Sri Lanka s top order as he hit his second Test century in just his fifth match. The right-hander added a crucial 143 for the fifth wicket with Upul Tharanga before finishing unbeaten on 100, as the tourists closed the day on 290 for five. Zimbabwe won the toss and elected to bowl first on a pitch boasting a tinge of green, but had a chaotic first hour with the ball.

I knew I needed to bat through the innings, De Silva said afterwards. Playing under pressure is my role, so it made me comfortable. Fast bowler Carl Mumba limped off the field after the first over, and seamers Chris Mpofu and Donald Tiripano were wayward in their opening spells as Sri Lanka progressed to 62 without loss. The breakthrough came from an unlikely source, as part-timer Hamilton Masakadza made an early entry to the attack and Dimuth Karunaratne guided an innocuous delivery straight to gully to depart for 26.

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka 504 (Dhananjaya de Silva 127, Asela Gunaratne 116; Donald Tiripa 3 for 91) vs Zimbabwe