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RANGANA HERATH reg­is­tered his sec­ond five-wicket haul in as many days as Sri Lanka closed in on vic­tory in the sec­ond Test against Zim­babwe at Harare Sports Club yes­ter­day. Herath fol­lowed up his five-wicket haul in the first in­nings with 5 for 45 in the sec­ond as Zim­babwe, set 491 to win, went to stumps on the fourth evening on 180 for seven. While Herath’s 5 for 89 on Tues­day had made him just the third bowler to take five-wicket hauls against all nine Test op­po­nents, on Wed­nes­day he be­came the first bowler to take 50 wick­ets in the cur­rent cal­en­dar year, hav­ing done so in just eight Tests. “He’s bowled re­ally well. It’s very rare to see him bowl a loose ball, which is his strength,” said Sri Lanka bats­man Dimuth Karunaratne. “The wicket is two-paced and has some un­even bounce, and he’s been bowl­ing wicket-tow­icket, which is the key.”

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