Raza puts Zim­babwe in driver’s seat

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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

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