Zim let Sri Lanka off the hook

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

Shehan Madushanka, the fastest of the Sri Lankan bowlers, took the first over, and with his fi­nal de­liv­ery he knocked Mumba’s off stump out of the ground with a fine de­liv­ery be­fore he had added to his score.

There fol­lowed a use­ful part­ner­ship be­tween Jongwe and Wellington Masakadza, who again did well enough to show he could be­come a gen­uine all-rounder.

He saw off Madushanka, but as soon as Anuk Fer­nando, the left-handed seamer, came on, he flirted with a ball out­side the off stump and edged it to the keeper for 14; 341 for eight. The in­nings did not last much longer. Dy­lan Hondo, in try­ing to get off the mark, was bril­liantly run out at the bowler’s end, a direct hit, as had hap­pened to Charles Kunje.

With the last man, Vic­tor Nyauchi, at the crease, Jongwe reached his 50 off 75 balls, but with­out ad­di­tion he fished at a ball from Fer­nando out­side his off stump and was caught at the wicket. The Zim­bab­weans were all out for 349, quite a good score, though it can­not be con­clu­sively eval­u­ated un­til the op­po­si­tion has shown what they can do on the same pitch.

There were two wick­ets each to Fer­nando, Madushanka and Charith Asalanka, who did not bowl this morn­ing.

With just over half an hour to go un­til lunch, the Sri Lankans opened their bat­ting with Pabasara Waduge and Hashan Du­mindu, to the bowl­ing of Nyauchi and Mumba.

Nyauchi struck in his sec­ond over, as Waduge (3) groped for a ball out­side the off stump and edged a catch to Nyasha Mayavo, the wick­et­keeper; the Sri Lankans were eight for one.

In his next over Nyauchi struck again, trap­ping Du­mindu lbw for four, and the Sri Lankans had lost both open­ers with only nine runs on

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