Sri Lanka are just 3 wickets away from clean sweeping Zimbabwe in the Test series    AFP
Sri Lanka are just 3 wickets away from clean sweeping Zimbabwe in the Test series AFP

Sri Lanka have already completed the formality of making sure that they win the Test series in an emphatic style by clean sweeping hosts Zimbabwe in the series by 2-0 as they are just three wickets away from what will be a well-deserved victory. They batted brilliantly in the first innings, which w=has rewarded them a complete domination in all the four days that have been played so far and without any doubts they will resume with their dominance on the final day as well and should complete the formality of getting three wickets in the morning session itself. Full Cricket Scorecard: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test at Harare

Rangana Herath, their skipper has yet once again rammed through the Zimbabwean batting order and has already got 10 wickets in the match with three in the offering. He is also on the verge of getting 350 Test wickets in the match as he is just two wickets away from the much-deserved milestone. The visitors could not repeat the same batting style that they had on display in the first innings, but nonetheless, Dimuth Karunaratne played a useful knock of 88 runs which helped the hosts to extend the lead to 490.

The day started with Sri Lanka resuming at the score of 102 for the loss of four wickets and eventually declared their innings at the score of 258 for loss of nine wickets. Sri Lankan opener Karunaratne was the top scorer for his side and he fell for 88 runs while the second-best score came from Kusal Perera who scored quick 62 from just 69 balls. Graeme Cremer the Zimbabwean captain was the best bowler for his team as he finished with figures of 4 for 91. This meant that Zimbabwe had the tough and quite impossible task of chasing down the target of 491 runs to win this match.

The hosts in a bid to save this match again started in a disastrous manner as they lost Brian Chari who was the top scorer for them in the first innings cheaply for just 8 runs. Rangana Herath rammed through the hosts top batting order by removing Chari along with Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza in quick successions pulling down the hosts to just 39 runs for the loss of three wickets. But then a healthy partnership was constructed between Craig Ervine and Sean Williams of 74 runs for the fourth wicket which prolonged the visitor s hopes of winning the match on Day Four itself. But again the inconsistency part haunted the hosts and Williams was first removed in the beginning of the last session which was quickly followed by the wicket of Malcolm Waller.

Ervine is still batting at an unbeaten score of 65 from 107 deliveries which consists of eight 4s and one six. It seemed like Ervine would end the day with Peter Moor alongside as the only 10 overs of the day were left. But Herath struck yet once again and removed Moor for the score of 20 runs and then Cremer for just 5 runs. Donald Tiripano is at the crease with Ervine and it only seems like a formality for the visitors to get the three wickets early on Day Five as Zimbabwe still need 311 runs to win this match with just 3 wickets in hand as they have reached a score of 180 for the loss of 7 wickets.