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Sri Lanka on verge of series victory with Zimbabwe 180-7


Sri Lanka batsman Suranga Lakmal plays a shot as Zimbabwean players attempt a catch

09/11/2016 00:00:00
by AFP
 
Zimbabwean batsman Sean Williams plays a shot
 
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HARARE: Sri Lanka needs just three Zimbabwe wickets on the final day of the second test to seal a 2-0 series victory.

Stand-in Sri Lanka captain Rangana Herath took 5-45 on day four on Wednesday to take his match haul to 10 wickets, as Zimbabwe struggled to 180-7 in its second innings, still needing 311 runs for victory.

Left-arm spinner Herath led from the front after Sri Lanka declared its second innings on 258-9, a lead of 490. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne made 88 and Kusal Perera 62 to build that big lead.

Craig Ervine was 65 not out for Zimbabwe but has just tailenders for company as the home team faces a tough task to save the test.

A win to level the series is almost certainly out of Zimbabwe's reach.

Herath forced home Sri Lanka's dominance by removing Zimbabwe's first three batsmen in the first 14 overs of the home team's second innings to have it 39-3.

Suranga Lakmal broke a partnership of 74 between Ervine and Sean Williams (45), and Herath struck a telling blow in the second-to-last over before stumps when he bowled Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer for 5.

Ervine hit eight fours and a six for his second half-century of the game.



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