Sri Lanka are at present at the top of the game, as they have set a heavy target of 412 runs to win for the hosts. Photo Courtesy: Zimbabwe Cricket Twitter handle
Sri Lanka are at present at the top of the game, as they have set a heavy target of 412 runs to win for the hosts. Photo Courtesy: Zimbabwe Cricket Twitter handle

Hosts Zimbabwe take on visitors Sri Lanka in the fifth and final day of the first of the two-Test series at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday, as the live cricket streaming is available online on tensports.com and OZEE, while the live telecast of the match is available on Ten 2. Sri Lanka are at present at the top of the game, as they have set a heavy target of 412 runs to win for the hosts, which indeed seems to be an uphill task for the Zimbabweans, while the least they can try is to save the game with a draw. Nevertheless, it won’t be easy either, especially considering the deadly Sri Lankan bowling, and spin attack. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Harare

Day Four was supposed to be a humdinger and that it proved to be for the fans. A topsy-turvy day ensured that Sri Lanka go as the stronger team into Day 5 against Zimbabwe in the first of the two Test series taking place at the Harare Sports Club in Harare. Sri Lanka started the day with both their openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva still unbeaten. Zimbabwe would have hoped for a exuberant show from their bowlers; Carl Mumba and Co did exactly the same. Christopher Mpofu started the downfall snatching Kaushal for just 7 runs. Kusal Perera (55) and Kusal Mendis (39) did not contribute much to their decent partnerships with Karunaratne. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test at Harare, Day 5

Day Five ,will indeed ask for a more positive and aggressive approach from the Sri Lankan team, ideally Herath should have declared once the lead crossed the 400 run barrier. Herath along with Dimuth will be expected to do the bulk of the bowling throughout the day with much impetus following on the shoulders of their pace man in the early half of the first session.

For Zimbabwe, much will depend upon their top order batsmen Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza. Both Mawayo and Masakadza had a sturdy partnership in the first innings and will be hoped to produce the same goods. Zimbabwe strength is in their middle order, which if well oiled and machined can prove to be handful.