Zim­babwe close in on an­other bit of his­tory

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COLOMBO: Zim­babwe were seven wick­ets away from their maiden Test win over Sri Lanka yes­ter­day af­ter set­ting the hosts a tar­get of 388 in their one-off match at the R Pre­madasa Sta­dium. Sri Lanka were 170/3 in their sec­ond in­nings at stumps on the fourth day, still need­ing an­other 218 to beat Zim­babwe, who also re­cently won their maiden ODI se­ries against the hosts. Kusal Mendis was un­beaten on 60 with An­gelo Mathews, who stepped down as cap­tain af­ter the ODI se­ries de­feat, on 17 not out. Zim­babwe cap­tain Graeme Cre­mer picked up 2/67 in Sri Lanka’s sec­ond in­nings to add to his five-wicket haul in the first in­nings. Ear­lier, Sikan­dar Raza’s first Test cen­tury helped Zim­babwe to 377 in their sec­ond in­nings af­ter the tour­ing side had re­sumed the fourth day on 252-6. Raza scored 127 and added 144 for the sev­enth wicket with Mal­colm Waller, who made 68, to en­sure his side set Sri Lanka a steep tar­get to chase. – Reuters

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