HERATH, PERERA LEAD SRI LANKA TO CRUSH­ING WIN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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.

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