HERATH, PERERA LEAD SRI LANKA TO CRUSHING WIN
RANGANA HERATH and Dilruwan Perera took three wickets apiece to break Zimbabwe’s resistance and secure a 225-run victory for Sri Lanka in the first Test at Harare Sports Club yesterday. After declaring on their overnight total of 247 for six to set Zimbabwe 412 for victory on the final day, Sri Lanka were under threat of being held to a draw as Graeme Cremer once again proved to be the thorn in their side with his stubborn 43. But Herath finished with figures of 3 for 38, which included the key wickets of Cremer and Sean Williams, and Perera took 3 for 34 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 186 with just 7.3 overs left in the game. the latter having battled to survive an opening salvo from paceman Dale Steyn. Warner made the most of his good fortune with some dashing strokeplay, including a six over third man off Steyn where he ended up on his backside as the ball sailed over the fence. The left-hander reached his half-century in just 39 balls and now has 744 runs at 106.28 in Tests in Perth.