Williams cen­tury

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Tay­lor, nip­ping one back to peg him leg be­fore.

Williams be­gan swiftly gal­lop­ing to 36 from just 36 balls. He slowed slightly to reach his third Test half-cen­tury and found a handy part­ner in Raza.

To­gether they added 159 for the fifth wicket as the Sri Lankans strug­gled to plug the gaps in the field. The break­through came when Raza, on 72, mis­cued a pull off Em­buldeniya and dol­lied up a catch to An­gelo Mathews at long-on.

Williams went on to bring up his sec­ond Test cen­tury - his first was against New Zealand in Bu­l­awayo four years ago - by sweep­ing Em­buldeniya for four.

He gave it away in the next over, how­ever, when he at­tempted to slog a straight ball from Dhanan­jaya de Silva over mid­wicket and was bowled.

Sri Lanka took the new ball im­me­di­ately but were un­able to make fur­ther in­roads as Chak­abva and Mu­tombodzi bat­ted watch­fully through to the close.

The vis­i­tors had be­gun the day well with Lahiru Ku­mara find­ing the edge of Mas­vaure’s bat for nine be­fore Irvine nudged De Silva to short leg where Oshada Fer­nando snapped up a sharp catch.

Zim­babwe made two changes to the side that lost the first Test with Carl Mumba re­plac­ing the in­jured Kyle Jarvis and all­rounder Mu­tombodzi, who bowls leg-spin, com­ing in for his Test de­but ahead of Ains­ley Ndlovu.

Sri Lanka made one change with left-arm pace bowler Vishwa Fer­nando com­ing in for Ka­sun Ra­jitha. Sri Lanka lead the two-Test se­ries 1-0.

Sean Williams

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