Zimbabwe’s batting coach Lance Klusener fired up the tourists after a poor start to their second innings in the one off Test against Sri Lanka, Sikandar Raza, Zimbabwe’s hero on Monday (July 17), told journalists after the day’s play.
Zimbabwe slumped to 23 for four on day three at lunch and with the chips down, the former South African all-rounder inspired the fightback, Raza, who posted his maiden Test hundred said.
“The heads were down for a little while during that lunch break when having lost four wickets for not many. Lance Klusener then told that it’s up to us – the guys who were still to bat – whether we go down without a fight, or we show some heart,” Raza who made a fine 127 batting for more than five and half hours said.
“The plans come from us. We discuss and share our plans with Klusener and then he has his input. Of course he has a world of experience. If I have a plan which I think is too risky, Klusener will always advise me and say you could have a better plan – do XYZ. It’s quite a nice relationship all the batters have got with our batting coach,” Raza.
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Zimbabwe recovered from 23 for four to post 377 all out in their second innings setting Sri Lanka a stiff target of 388 runs to win. No team has chased that many in Sri Lanka successfully to win a Test match.
“It’s quite humbling to get my first hundred under these circumstances. It is pretty satisfying. What’s more satisfying is that we were in a bit of a hole, and everyone starting from the partnership that we had with PJ Moor, and then on to Waller, and then to Cremer, were all excellent. To be 388 ahead, going into the last day against Sri Lanka, in Sri Lanka, is a pretty good effort. It’s an effort that we’re confident that the result can go our way as well,” Raza said.