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Sri Lanka made good use of the second new ball

Sri Lanka made good use of the second new ball

Sri Lanka picked up three wickets in the first session on the second day as Zimbabwe moved to 260 for 5 in Harare in the first Test on Monday (January 20). Craig Ervine fell for 85 with less than ten minutes to go for Lunch as Sri Lanka made good use of the second new ball after the frustrating opening day.

Zimbabwe started the day on 189 for 2, but lost Brendan Taylor early to an lbw by Suranga Lakmal. At the start of the day, the second new ball was four overs old and Zimbabwe were required to see off the tough period like the openers did on the opening day. They did well to block off several threats but Sri Lanka found ways to dismiss Sean Williams, caught behind off Lasith Embuldeniya, and Ervine, who was bowled by Lakmal.

After starting the day on 55, Ervine struck a boundary in the 86th over to complete 1000 runs in Test cricket. Taylor was peppered with short balls and had a few nervy moments as he played 47 balls for his 21 before falling the 92nd over. Williams too took the cautious approach before falling for a 46-ball 18. The disappointing bit for the hosts was that Ervine fell five balls later as Zimbabwe were dented quite significantly after making some solid progress.

Brief scores: Zimbabwe 260/5 (Craig Ervine 85; Suranga Lakmal 2-42) vs Sri Lanka.

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