Tharanga fifty leads Sri Lanka reply

It took Sri Lanka less than five overs on the second day of the only Test to bowl Zimbabwe out for 356 after the pair that offered resistance late last evening fell in successive overs. Craig Ervine, who scored his career-best 160, was the last man to fall after Donald Tiripano edged to first slip to end a 74-run stand for the ninth wicket and give Rangana Herath a five-wicket haul – his 30th in Test cricket. In response, Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne started strongly at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Saturday (July 15) taking Sri Lanka to 77 for 0 at Lunch, trailing by 279.

Tiripano, who played an uncalled for shot just as their stand was nearing 75, fell to the wily legspin of Herath. Attempting a reverse sweep to a slower ball that was tossed up, the batsman managed to get an edge that flew to Karunaratne at first slip. He departed, distraught, for 27, while Ervine holed out in the next over trying to clear the slips, handing a fairly simple catch to Dilruwan Perera, who ran across to his right from third man for 160.

Brief scores: Zimbabwe 356 (Craig Ervine 160, Sikandar Raza 36, Malcolm Waller 36; Rangana Herath 5-116) lead Sri Lanka 77/0 (Upul Tharanga 53*, Dimuth Karunaratne 23*) by 279 runs.

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