Raza puts Zimbabwe in driver’s seat
seemed the only bowler capable of beating the Zimbabwe batsmen, and had he not run riot in the first session, Sri Lanka's position would have been even bleaker.
Sri Lanka also missed the bowling of Asela Gunaratne, whose tweaked hamstring had substantially hampered his running between the wickets, and now has kept him off the field in the second innings.
Waller hit eight fours, and repeatedly put bowlers under pressure by scoring singles and twos freely as well. His fourth Test fifty had come off just 54 deliveries, before the final overs of the day prompted a slowdown from both batsmen.
Herath had knocked out Zimbabwe's top three in his first four overs, before Perera also took a wicket. By lunch, Sri Lanka had the visitors by the collar, at 23 for four.
Earlier in the morning, Graeme Cremer achieved a milestone as he became the first Zimbabwe captain to take a five-wicket haul. He had taken two of the last three Sri Lanka wickets to fall, and had helped his team eke out a ten-run first innings lead.
Zimbabwe’s Sikandar Raza (left) and Malcolm Waller cross for a run as Sri Lankan bowler Lahiru Kumara (right) looks on during the third day’s play