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Ervine's highest Test score frustrates Sri Lanka in one-off Test

Colombo Test Kusal Mendis keeps Sri Lanka's hopes of chasing record 388-run target alive on Day 4 Chandimal, Mathews steady after quick strikes
Elias Hubbard | 16 July, 2017, 01:32

Not only did he claim five wickets in the first innings, Herath had also taken 12 wickets against Bangladesh in that 2013 Test. But the visitors made a comeback right after lunch, getting rid of three of the opponents' batsmen which also reduced the scoring rate, bringing them back in the game.

On day two Sri Lanka wrapped up the tail cheaply and started well with the bat only to implode with Graeme Cremer bowling well and Sri Lanka suffering from some poor decisions. Sri Lanka had a fruitful first session, putting up 77 runs without any loss as Upul Tharanga scored a half-century.

Sri Lanka were well set at one stage as the openers added 84 runs. "The wicket is turning and it will be the same during the next few days".

"The wicket has got drier and the leg-spinner (Cremer) is taking lot of turn". Masakadza who was fielding at first slips ran to his left and pounced the ball ending Mathews 104-ball innings.

Chandimal replaced Angelo Mathews as skipper after the all-rounder stepped down following a humiliating one-day worldwide series loss to Zimbabwe this week. Earlier, Zimbabwe were bundled for 356 within 4.4 overs on Day Two morning. Gunaratne is unlikely to field in the second innings.

Concurring with Rangana Herath that batting will be tough in the fourth innings, Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak said his side would aim to have Sri Lanka chasing 200 at a minimum. Lahiru Kumara, Asela Gunaratne and Dilruwan Perera took a wicket each.

The overnight pair of Craig Ervine and Tiripano had put on a 62-run stand for the ninth wicket on the previous day.

Ervine, whose surpassed his career-best score of 146, finished on 151 off 238 balls, which included 13 boundaries and a six, while Tiripano remained undefeated on 24 off 45 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

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