Sri Lanka make strong start

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

HARARE, Zim­babwe (AP): Sri Lanka made a strong start to the first Test against Zim­babwe, mo­tor­ing along to 317-4 by stumps on the first day yes­ter­day af­ter a maiden cen­tury by Kusal Perera.

Perera made 110 and opener Kaushal Silva 94 as Sri Lanka didn’t ap­pear to miss cap­tain An­gelo Mathews and vice cap­tain Di­nesh Chandi­mal. They weren’t tour­ing be­cause of in­juries.

Zim­babwe, play­ing their 100th Test, strug­gled on the open­ing day of the two-Test series. Cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer took 3-82 with his leg-spin­ners, but the home team rarely con­tained the Sri Lankans on a good bat­ting pitch at Harare Sports Club.

Perera hit 15 fours and two sixes for his 110 off 121 balls. His first Test cen­tury came af­ter a 123-run open­ing stand be­tween Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne (56) had al­ready put Sri Lanka in a strong po­si­tion.

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