Pro­duc­tive day for Zim

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Harare

– Opener Kevin Ka­suza (above) struck a half-cen­tury on de­but as Zim­babwe eased to 189/2 at the close on the open­ing day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Harare yes­ter­day.

The Test is Zim­babwe’s first since Novem­ber 2018, when they drew a se­ries 1-1 in Bangladesh, and de­spite a slow run-rate they laid a plat­form for a big score.

Craig Ervine (55 not out) and Bren­dan Tay­lor (13 not out) will re­sume on day two, with 84 overs bowled be­fore bad light brought a pre­ma­ture end to the first day.

Ka­suza (63) put on 96 for the first wicket with Prince Mas­vaure (55), who also struck a maiden Test half-cen­tury in his third game.

Ervine reached that mile­stone as well and it is the first time in Zim­babwe’s Test his­tory that their top three bats­men have past 50 in the same in­nings.

Mas­vaure was the first wicket to fall when he was caught by a div­ing Dimuth Karunaratn­e at mid-off from the left-arm spin of La­sith Em­buldeniya.

Ka­suza’s 214-ball vigil ended when he played around a full toss from Sri Lankan fast bowler Lahiru Ku­mara and was given out leg-be­fore-wicket. –

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