Zim rally after los­ing early wick­ets

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ZIM­BABWE lost two early wick­ets, but re­cov­ered to fin­ish 126 for two at the close on the sec­ond day of the sec­ond Test at Harare Sports Club yes­ter­day in re­ply to Sri Lanka’s first-in­nings to­tal of 504.

Brian Chari and Craig Ervine were both 60 not out as Zim­babwe fought back after a poor start when they slumped to 17 for two, but the hosts still trail by 378 runs.

Sri Lanka, who won a closely con­tested first Test last week, went from 290 for five overnight to be­ing dis­missed just be­fore tea with Asela Gu­naratne com­plet­ing a maiden Test cen­tury.

Dhana­jaya de Silva was caught and bowled by Zim­babwe skip­per Graeme Cre­mer for 127.

Gu­naratne, play­ing his sec­ond Test, made 116 and was the last man out.

He was on 91 when the ninth wicket went down and had to watch as No. 11 Lahiru Ku­mara fended off the Zim­babwe bowlers be­fore re­claim­ing the strike and mov­ing to three fig­ures.

Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Ran­gana Herath took the wick­ets of Tino Ma­woyo and Hamil­ton Masakadza in the same over as Zim­babwe’s open­ers again failed to get their team off to a solid start. — Reuters

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