Zimbabwe Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (TEST)

Date: Sunday, 19 January, 2020 13:30 IST Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare Match Status: Match Ended

Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 10 wickets

358/10
Overs
148.0
R/R
2.42
Fours
32
Sixes
6
Extras
6
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Donald Tiripano not out 44 103 4 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Suranga Lakmal 27 10 53 3
Kasun Rajitha 29 9 55 0
515/9
Overs
176.2
R/R
2.92
Fours
41
Sixes
5
Extras
11
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Angelo Mathews not out 200 468 16 3
Bowling 0 M R W
Kyle Jarvis 37 12 84 0
Victor Nyauchi 32 7 69 3
170/10
Overs
92.0
R/R
1.85
Fours
17
Sixes
1
Extras
3
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Victor Nyauchi not out 0 3 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Suranga Lakmal 20 8 27 4
Kasun Rajitha 14 6 23 1
14/0
Overs
3.0
R/R
4.67
Fours
1
Sixes
0
Extras
0
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Oshada Fernando not out 4 5 0 0
Dimuth Karunaratne (C) not out 10 13 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Donald Tiripano 2 0 8 0
Victor Nyauchi 1 0 6 0
  • So, what will be the Sri Lankan's intentions as they come out to bat? Will they want to attack and make up for some lost time as Zimbabwe have batted for almost two days or will they start slow and then grow into the game. Oshada Fernando and Dimuth Karunaratne are stepping out to answer all your questions with Kyle Jarvis bowling first up to them!
  • The Lankans toiled for 2 long hard days in the field but finally got the reward for their patience. Embuldeniya was the star with the ball for Sri Lanka as he picked up a 5-fer. Suranga Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara also chipped in with 3 and 2 wickets each. They will not be mightily pleased with how long it has taken them to dismiss the Zimbabwe batters but will make do with what they have now.
  • The innings started superbly for the hosts as they managed to stitch a 96-run opening stand before Prince Masvaure departed after making his half ton. Kevin Kasuza then combined with Craig Ervine to form a 50-plus run stand with the former completing his half ton along the way. Zimbabwe were cruising along until Sean Williams and Brendon Taylor were at the crease but after that their innings started to fall apart bit by bit. In the back end of the innings, Sikandar Raza and Donald Tiripano added valuable runs to the total and guided the hosts to a total of 358 runs. Craig Ervine though was the pick of the batters as he scored 85 runs showing his class.
  • Sri Lanka have taken a long time to wrap up the Zimbabwe innings due to the 10th-wicket partnership but they have eventually found a way and their bowlers will now be hoping for a long rest after almost 2 days of extremely hard work in the field.
  • 147.6 OUT! CAUGHT! That is the end of the Zimbabwe innings as Nyauchi throws his wicket away. Back of a length ball outside off, Nyauchi looks to clear Sandakan, the substitute fielder, at point but he stretches his hands above his head and takes a simple catch. ZIMBABWE FINISH THEIR INNINGS ON 358!!!
  • 147.5 FOUR! Back of a length ball on off, Nyauchi opens the face of his bat as he shuffles across to the leg side and guides this delivery very uppishly between the area at second slip and gully as the ball races away to the fence.
  • 147.4 On off, defended towards the point region for a single.
  • 147.3 Full ball on middle, flicked towards mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 147.2 Similar line and length, defended by Tiripano.
  • 147.1 Length ball just outside off, left alone.
  • Lakmal to bowl from the other end.
  • 146.6 Bowls a bouncer, Nyauchi lets it sail through to the keeper. 351/9
  • 146.5 BEATEN! Short of a length delivery, Nyauchi looks to fend at it but misses it. It goes towards the keeper where Dickwella appeals for caught behind but the umpire shakes his head.
  • The Zimbabwe physio is out in the middle. It looks like the ball has hit the thumb of Nyauchi as he looked to defend it. Let's hope it is nothing too serious as Nyauchi is okay to continue for now.
  • 146.4 Short delivery on off, Nyauchi looks to fend at it but gets an outside edge. It lands safely towards the slip region.
  • 146.3 On a length on middle, Nyauchi flicks it through square leg. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 146.2 Good length delivery on middle, Nyauchi offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 146.1 On a good length on off, Nyauchi defends it off the back foot.
  • We are back for the final session of Day 2. The players are out in the middle. Donald Tiripano and Victor Nyauchi will resume their batting for Zimbabwe. Kasun Rajitha will start the proceedings.
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • Alright then, it has been a session which has passed by slowly but has been dominated by Sri Lanka. They have picked up four wickets in this session and the bowlers have done well to keep it tight. Lasith Embuldeniya picked up a five-wicket haul and has bowled really well. On the other hand, for the hosts, Sikandar Raza played a handy innings and ensured Zimbabwe cross the 300-run mark. Donald Tiripano has also played well and is right now unbeaten on 41 runs, trying to swell the score as much as he can before they lose their last wicket. When the 9th wicket fell, the session was extended by a further 30 minutes but that did not help the Lankans as they could not manage to take the last wicket. Tiripano and Victor Nyauchi have done well to grind out the latter part of this session. Tiripano has faced close to a 100 balls and has done well to not throw away his wicket. Join us back in a bit to find out what will happen in the last session of the day as Zimbabwe hold on to their last wicket and the Lankans toil hard on the field.
  • 145.6 Good length ball on middle, worked towards the man at mid on. AND THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 2! 349/9
  • 145.5 Length ball angling in, Tiripano looks to defend but misses to get hit on the thigh pad.
  • 145.4 Full ball on middle, defended.
  • 145.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 145.2 Full ball on off, driven towards the man at mid off.
  • 145.1 Full ball on middle and leg, driven towards the man at mid on.
  • Suranga Lakmal is back on. 25-9-46-2 are his figures so far.
  • 144.6 Nyuauchi prods forward and defends this one. Does well to get through the over. 349/9
  • 144.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 144.4 On off again, played towards point.
  • 144.3 Floated on off, defended towards cover-point.
  • 144.2 Outside off, Nyauchi looks to play at it but misses.
  • 144.1 Tossed up delivery around off, defended towards point.
  • 143.6 FOUR! This time it has! Very full ball on off, Tiripano has driven this one through the cover region for a smacking boundary. 349/9
  • 143.5 Length ball outside off, Nyauchi punches this one towards the point region and the batters take three runs as it does not have enough power to reach the fence.
  • 143.4 Bouncer on middle and off, the batter sways away from it.
  • 143.3 Back of a length ball on off, played towards the man at cover.
  • 143.2 Length ball on off, played towards point.
  • 143.1 Length ball just outside off, Nyauchi looks to fend at it but misses.
  • 142.6 Flighted delivery on middle, Tiripano keeps it out. 342/9
  • 142.5 Tossed up delivery on off, Donald punches it towards point.
  • 142.4 Floated delivery on middle, Nyauchi flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 142.3 Loopy delivery on middle, Nyauchi comes down the track and plays it towards mid on.
  • 142.2 Flighted delivery on off, Tiripano plays it towards point for a single.
  • 142.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Tiripano blocks it off the front foot.
  • 141.6 Bowls a yorker on off, Nyauchi does well to dig it out. 340/9
  • 141.5 BEATEN! Short and outside off, Nyauchi looks to cut but misses it.
  • 141.4 On a good length on middle, Nyauchi blocks it off the back foot.
  • 141.3 Full delivery outside off, Tiripano drives it through covers. Rajitha chases it and does well to stop it just before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
  • 141.2 Good length delivery on off, Tiripano taps it towards point.
  • 141.1 On a length on off, Tiripano defends it towards covers.
  • 140.6 Loopy on middle and off, defended. 337/9
  • 140.5 Nyauchi comes onto the front foot and defends.
  • 140.4 On the pads, Nyauchi looks to flick but misses. Stifled appeal turned down.
  • 140.3 Tiripano has played that one through the mid on region for a single.
  • 140.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 140.1 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 139.6 Woah! What has happened there? A length ball outside off, Tiripano looks to fend at it but the ball goes off the outside edge between the man at slip and the keeper. The ball is going towards the third man fence but does not have the legs. The batters take two. Nyauchi wants the third and sets off. He gets to the striker's end almost but Tiripano sends him back. The throw goes at the non-striker's end where Nyauchi is well short but no one collects the ball as the throw is wild one and it results in overthrows. This time the ball goes almost into the fence at mid off but does not cross the ropes and the batters take another three runs. Five runs taken in total. Bizarre stuff! 334/9
  • 139.5 Another full ball, pushed towards the man at mid off.
  • 139.4 Full ball on middle, driven towards mid on.
  • 139.3 Full ball on off, Nyauchi pushes it towards cover for a single. First run for the debutant in Test cricket.
  • 139.2 Bouncer on off, Nyauchi looks to go for the upper cut but misses.
  • Victor Nyauchi, the debutant, is the last man in.
  • 139.1 OUT! CAUGHT! That is a bizarre way to get out but Ndlovu is very unlucky. Full ball on the pads, Ndlovu flicks it off the middle of the bat. The ball goes towards Kusal Mendis at short leg. It gets stuck between Mendis' legs and stays there. No one can quite believe what happened there, not Ndlovu, nor the Sri Lankan players!
  • 138.6 Loud appeal turned down! Floated delivery around leg, Tiripano goes for the reverse sweep but misses to get rapped on the pads. Sri Lanka appeal but turned down by the umpire. 328/8
  • 138.5 Down the leg side, left alone.
  • 138.4 Flatter delivery on middle, played towards mid on for one.
  • 138.3 Floated delivery on off, played towards the cover region for one.
  • 138.2 Similar delivery, blocked out.
  • 138.1 Flatter delivery on middle, defended by Tiripano.
  • 137.6 Another bouncer, this time on the leg pole line, Ndlovu ducks under it and lets it go. 326/8
  • 137.5 Bouncer but way outside off and Ndlovu leaves it alone.
  • 137.4 Kumara comes 'round the wicket and bowls on the body of Ndlovu. He plays it wide of the man at short leg.
  • 137.3 Length ball on off, played towards cover-point.
  • 137.2 Length delivery on off, the batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 137.1 Length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 136.6 FOUR! Another back of a length delivery on off, Tiripano goes back and cuts to get a boundary. However, this will keep him off strike in the next over and perhaps an opening for the Lankans. 326/8
  • 136.5 Shortish delivery on middle, played back towards the bowler by Tiripano.
  • 136.4 Very full floated delivery, Tiripano plays it towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 136.3 Loopy delivery on off, played towards cover.
  • 136.2 On the pads, defended out.
  • 136.1 Floated delivery on off, pushed towards cover.
  • 135.6 Back of a length delivery on middle, pulled towards the man at deep square leg and Tiripano takes a run to keep strike. 322/8
  • 135.5 On the pads, defended towards the leg side.
  • 135.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, Tiripano hops and works this one behind square but does not take a run.
  • 135.3 Good length ball on middle, played towards the man at mid on.
  • 135.2 Bouncer on middle, ducked under.
  • 135.1 Back of a length delivery on off, defended towards the man at short leg.
  • Lahiru Kumara is back on. 24-7-65-1 are his figures so far.
  • 134.6 On off, defended solidly to get through the over. 321/8
  • 134.5 Another one tossed up on off, defended by Ndlovu towards the off side.
  • 134.4 Floated delivery on middle and off, defended.
  • 134.3 FOUR! Floated delivery on off, Ndlovu gets down on one knee and has smashed that one towards the mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 134.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 134.1 Stifled appeal turned down! Floated delivery on middle and leg, drifting down leg, Ndlovu looks to defend but is hit on the pad. An appeal follows but nothing doing. Probably going down leg.
  • 133.6 Length ball outside off, left alone by Donald. 317/8
  • 133.5 Length ball on middle, played towards point.
  • 133.4 FOUR! Good shot! Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Tiripano rocks back and pulls this one in front of square leg for a boundary.
  • 133.3 Just outside off, Tiripano opens the face of the bat and plays it towards third man where the fielder does well to make the stop.
  • 133.2 Length ball on middle, pulled towards the man at square leg.
  • 133.1 Donald comes onto the front foot and defends this length ball.
  • 132.6 On the pads, flicked towards the man at mid-wicket. 313/8
  • 132.5 Ndlovu comes onto the front foot and pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • 132.4 Ndlovu prods forward and defends it back towards Embuldeniya.
  • 132.3 Tossed up delivery on off, Tiripano plays it towards cover and takes a single.
  • 132.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 132.1 Floated delivery on off, Tiripano blocks it out.
  • 131.6 Outside off, Ndlovu shoulders arms to this one. 312/8
  • 131.5 On a length on off, Ndlovu plays it to point.
  • 131.4 Good length delivery on off, Ndlovu blocks it off the front foot.
  • 131.3 On a length on leg, Tiripano looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a run. The umpire gives it as a leg bye.
  • 131.2 Full delivery on middle, Tiripano drives it through mid on. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 131.1 Rajitha bowls it down the leg side, Tiripano lets it go.
  • 130.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 309/8
  • 130.5 Tossed up delivery on middle, Ndlovu keeps it out.
  • 130.4 Floated delivery on off, Ndlovu defends it off the back foot.
  • 130.3 Loopy delivery on middle, Ndlovu looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 130.2 Flighted delivery on off, Ndlovu blocks it off the front foot.
  • Ainsley Ndlovu is the next batsman in.
  • 130.1 OUT! BOWLED! 5-fer for Lasith Embuldeniya. A tossed up delivery on middle, it is the straighter one, Jarvis fails to pick it up and looks to defend off the front foot but misses the line of the delivery. The ball sneaks through the bat and pad and shatters the stumps. The middle stump has gone for a toss. Zimbabwe tumbling at the death here!
  • 129.6 Full delivery on off, Jarvis drives it through covers for a single. 309/7
  • 129.5 Bowls a bumper, Jarvis lets it sail through to the keeper.
  • 129.4 Full delivery on off, Tiripano drives it through covers for a run.
  • 129.3 Length delivery on off, Tiripano punches it towards point.
  • 129.2 Bowls a bouncer, Tiripano does well to duck under it.
  • 129.1 On a good length on off, Tiripano blocks it off the front foot.
  • 128.6 Loopy delivery on middle, Jarvis defends it out. 307/7
  • 128.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Jarvis blocks it off the front foot.
  • Kyle Jarvis is the new batsman in.
  • 128.4 OUT! STUMPED! Good work by Dickwella behind the stumps. Flighted delivery outside off, Raza comes down the track and looks to slog but misses the line completely. It goes towards the keeper and Dickwella does the rest as he takes the bails off. Raza departs after playing a very handy innings.
  • 128.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 128.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Tiripano plays a reverse sweep towards third man. Kumara chases it and does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
  • 128.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Tiripano defends it off the front foot.
  • 127.6 Length delivery outside off, Raza taps it towards the off side. 304/6
  • 127.5 On a length on middle, Raza looks to defend but gets it off the inner half of the bat. It goes towards mid-wicket.
  • 127.4 Full delivery on middle, Raza drives it towards mid on.
  • 127.3 Good length delivery on middle, Raza blocks it off the front foot.
  • 127.2 Bowls a bumper, Raza does well to duck under it.
  • 127.1 On a good length on off, Raza offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 126.6 Flighted delivery on middle, Tiripano blocks it off the back foot. 304/6
  • 126.5 Full delivery on off, Tiripano drives it to covers.
  • 126.4 Tossed up delivery on off, Raza drives it towards point for a run.
  • 126.3 Floated delivery on off, Raza blocks it off the back foot.
  • 126.2 Loopy delivery on middle, Raza keeps it out.
  • 126.1 Flighted delivery on off, Raza defends it off the front foot.
  • 125.6 Full delivery on middle, Tiripano drives it towards mid on. 303/6
  • 125.5 Full delivery on off, Raza drives it through covers for a run.
  • 125.4 FOUR! Short delivery on leg, Raza looks to pull but gets it off the gloves. It goes towards fine leg for a boundary. 300 up for Zimbabwe.
  • 125.3 Length delivery on off, Sikandar punches it towards point.
  • 125.2 On a good length on middle, Raza defends it off the back foot.
  • 125.1 Good length delivery on off, Raza blocks it off the front foot.
  • 124.6 On off, Tiripano keeps it out. 298/6
  • 124.5 Floated delivery on off, Raza punches it towards covers for a single.
  • 124.4 Loopy delivery on middle, Raza defends it off the front foot.
  • 124.3 Flighted delivery on off, Raza blocks it off the back foot.
  • 124.2 Tossed up delivery on middle, Raza offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 124.1 FOUR! Good use of the feet. Flighted delivery on middle, Raza comes down the track and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • Drinks Break!
  • 123.6 Good length delivery on off, Donald blocks it off the front foot. 293/6
  • 123.5 On a good length on middle, Tiripano defends it out.
  • 123.4 Good length delivery on off, Donald blocks it well.
  • 123.3 On a length on middle, Tiripano flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 123.2 Good length delivery on middle, Tiripano keeps it out.
  • 123.1 On a good length on off, Tiripano blocks it off the back foot.
  • Kasun Rajitha to bowl. 22-7-40-0 are his figures so far.
  • 122.6 Tossed up delivery on off, Tiripano taps it towards point for a single. 293/6
  • 122.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Tiripano defends it out.
  • 122.4 Floated delivery on off, Tiripano keeps it out.
  • 122.3 Loopy delivery on middle, Donald blocks it off the back foot.
  • 122.2 Flighted delivery on off, Tiripano keeps it out.
  • 122.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, Tiripano defends it off the back foot.
  • 121.6 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Sikandar Raza. Length delivery on the pads, Raza flicks it towards fine leg for a boundary. 292/6
  • 121.5 FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Raza pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 121.4 Full delivery on middle, Tiripano drives it towards mid on for a single.
  • 121.3 On a good length on middle, Tiripano keeps it out.
  • 121.2 Good length delivery on off, Tiripano defends it off the back foot.
  • 121.1 On a length on middle, Raza flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 120.6 Tossed up delivery on off, Tiripano defends it off the back foot. 282/6
  • 120.5 Outside off, Tiripano shoulders arms to this one.
  • 120.4 Loopy delivery on off, Donald punches it towards point.
  • 120.3 Floated delivery on middle, Tiripano plays it to point.
  • 120.2 Full delivery on off, Tiripano drives it towards mid off.
  • 120.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Tiripano defends it off the front foot.
  • 119.6 Bowls a bouncer, Raza does well to duck under it. 282/6
  • 119.5 On a length on middle, Tiripano flicks it towards fine leg for a run.
  • 119.4 Short delivery on off, Tiripano rises on his toes and blocks it.
  • 119.3 FOUR! Nicely played! On a good length on off, Tiripano defends it with soft hands towards third man for a boundary.
  • 119.2 Good length delivery on middle, Tiripano keeps it out.
  • 119.1 On a good length on off, Tiripano defends it off the back foot.
  • 118.6 Tossed up delivery on middle, Raza defends it out. 277/6
  • 118.5 FOUR! Nice shot. Full delivery on off, Raza drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 118.4 Flighted delivery on middle, Raza keeps it out.
  • 118.3 Loopy delivery on off, Raza punches it to covers.
  • 118.2 Flighted delivery on off, Raza blocks it off the back foot.
  • 118.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, Raza plays a paddle sweep towards fine leg. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 117.6 On a good length on off, Tiripano plays it towards point. 271/6
  • 117.5 Good length delivery on off, Tiripano blocks it off the front foot.
  • 117.4 On a length on middle, Raza flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 117.3 Length delivery on off, Raza punches it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 117.2 On a good length on off, Raza defends it off the back foot.
  • Update 1110 Local (1640 GMT) - The rain has stopped! The main cover has gone off. The umpires and the players are back. We are set to resume. It was a passing shower and has gone away quickly. Kumara will continue his over.
  • The heavens have opened up and it has started to rain. The umpires and the players are walking off the field. The groundstaff are rushing and are bringing the covers onto the field to cover the pitch.
  • 117.1 On a good length on off, Raza blocks it off the back foot.
  • 116.6 Floated delivery on off, Tiripano keeps it out. 268/6
  • 116.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 116.4 Floated delivery on middle, Tiripano blocks it off the front foot.
  • 116.3 Loopy delivery on off, Tiripano defends it off the front foot.
  • 116.2 Flighted delivery on off, Tiripano blocks it well.
  • 116.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, Tiripano looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 115.6 Bowls a quick short delivery, Raza looks to duck but gets hit on the arm. 268/6
  • 115.5 Length delivery on middle, Tiripano flicks it towards square leg for a single.
  • They are checking for concussion. Tiripano gets hit on the helmet. But he is fine to continue.
  • 115.4 Bowls a bouncer, Tiripano looks to duck but gets hit on the helmet.
  • 115.3 On a length on off, Raza defends it towards covers and takes a single.
  • 115.2 Length delivery on off, Raza punches it to point.
  • 115.1 On a good length on off, Raza blocks it off the front foot.
  • Lahiru Kumara is on. 20-7-45-1 are his figures so far.
  • 114.6 Floated delivery on off, Tiripano keeps it out. 266/6
  • 114.5 Loopy delivery on middle, Tiripano blocks it off the back foot.
  • 114.4 Flighted delivery on off, Tiripano keeps it out.
  • 114.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Donald Tiripano is the new batsman in.
  • 114.2 OUT! CAUGHT! Excellent catch by Mathews. Flighted delivery on middle, Chakabva comes down the track and lofts it uppishly towards mid on where Mathews dives to his left and takes a good low catch. Chakabva goes without troubling the scorers too much.
  • 114.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, Chakabva blocks it off the back foot.
  • 113.6 Full delivery on off, Raza drives it towards Lakmal where he tries to stop it but it goes through his hands towards mid off. 266/5
  • 113.5 On a good length on off, Raza defends it off the back foot.
  • 113.4 Full delivery on middle, Raza defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 113.3 Outside off, Raza does not bother to play at that.
  • 113.2 On a good length on middle, Raza defends it out.
  • 113.1 Good length delivery on off, Raza blocks it off the back foot.
  • 112.6 On a good length on off, Regis keeps it out. 266/5
  • 112.5 Outside off, Chakabva offers no shot to this one.
  • 112.4 Floated delivery on off, Chakabva blocks it off the back foot.
  • 112.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 112.2 Tossed up delivery on middle, Raza comes down the track and hits it towards mid off for a run.
  • 112.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Chakabva flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 111.6 Good length delivery on middle, Raza looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. It goes towards the keeper where Dickwella appeals for caught behind but the umpire shakes his head. Replays show that the ball had hit the pad and there was no bat on that. 264/5
  • 111.5 On a good length on middle, Raza blocks it off the back foot.
  • 111.4 Full delivery on off, Raza drives it through mid off. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 111.3 Full delivery on middle, Raza flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 111.2 Good length delivery on middle, Raza defends it off the back foot.
  • 111.1 On a good length on off, Raza offers a solid defense on this one.
  • Suranga Lakmal to bowl from the other end.
  • 110.6 Full delivery on middle, Chakabva drives it towards mid on. 260/5
  • 110.5 BEATEN! Tossed up delivery outside off, Chakabva looks to cut but misses it.
  • 110.4 Flighted delivery on middle, Chakabva blocks it off the front foot.
  • 110.3 Short delivery on off, Chakabva cuts it towards point.
  • 110.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Chakabva offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 110.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Chakabva blocks it off the front foot.
  • We are back for the second session. The Sri Lankan players are out in the middle. Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakabva will resume the innings for the hosts. Lasith Embuldeniya will start the proceedings for the second session.
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Overs - 26, Runs - 71, Wickets - 3! This was the story of the morning session. It once again started on the slower side and it appeared that once again the visiting team is in for a big toil. However, the lady luck finally smiled on them and Suranga Lakmal provided them with the first breakthrough of Day 2. Post that, yet another partnership prospered but at the stroke of Lunch, Sri Lanka managed to pick two wickets in two overs, which included Craig Ervine, and that handed the session to the Islanders. Considering that it's a very flat pitch, the hosts would be hoping that the remaining batsmen contribute well and take their first innings' total close to 350, if not more. Let's see what happens next in the afternoon session. Do join us in a short while for all the action.
  • 109.6 Full delivery on off, Raza keeps it out. THAT WILL BE LUNCH ON DAY 2! 260/5
  • 109.5 Good length delivery on off, Raza blocks it off the back foot.
  • 109.4 On a good length on off, Raza defends it to covers.
  • 109.3 On a length on middle, Chakabva flicks it through square leg for a single.
  • 109.2 BEATEN! On a good length and just outside off, Chakabva looks to defend but misses it.
  • 109.1 FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Chakabva pulls it over square leg for a boundary.
  • 108.6 Tossed up delivery on off, Raza keeps it out. 255/5
  • 108.5 Flighted delivery on leg, Raza sweeps it towards fine leg. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 108.4 FOUR! Excellent shot. Floated delivery on leg, Raza sweeps it through square leg for a boundary. Lakmal did not have a chance to stop it.
  • 108.3 Ouch, that has hurt Oshada! Flighted delivery, landing full outside off, Raza plays a full-blooded drive but it hits Oshada Fernando on the hips at silly point. He is down in pain but recovers quickly without getting any medical attention.
  • 108.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Raza keeps it out.
  • 108.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Raza defends it off the front foot.
  • 107.6 On a length on middle, Chakabva flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs. 249/5
  • 107.5 Bowls a bouncer, Chakabva does well to duck under it.
  • 107.4 Good length delivery on off, Chakabva keeps it out.
  • 107.3 On a good length on leg, Chakabva looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. Lakmal appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
  • Regis Chakabva is the new man in.
  • 107.2 OUT! Ervine drags it on! Massive breakthrough as Zimbabwe lose their set batsman. A nothing delivery to be honest. It's a touch short in length delivery, landing outside off, Ervine stands back to smash it through the line but it takes the inside edge and goes on to rattle the stumps. A disappointed Ervine returns, missing his century by 15 runs. Sri Lanka will be pleased to see his back.
  • 107.1 On a good length on off, Ervine blocks it off the back foot.
  • Suranga Lakmal is back on. 21-8-35-1 are his figures so far.
  • 106.6 Loopy delivery on middle, Raza keeps it out. 247/4
  • 106.5 Tossed up delivery on off, Raza blocks it off the front foot.
  • 106.4 Flighted delivery on middle, Raza defends it towards mid on.
  • Sikandar Raza walks out to bat next.
  • 106.3 OUT! Once again a wicket has fallen against the run of play! Embuldeniya tosses up a delivery outside off and lands it on a fuller length. It goes straight on as Williams gets forward to defend looking for an inward spin. It takes a slight outside edge and settles into the gloves of Dickwella. He makes no mistake, they appeal for a formality and umpire Erasmus raises his finger. Sean is disappointed on his way back.
  • 106.2 Flighted delivery on off, Ervine defends it off the back foot.
  • 106.1 BEATEN! Tossed up delivery just outside off, Ervine looks to defend but misses it.
  • 105.6 On a good length on off, Sean blocks it off the back foot. 246/3
  • 105.5 Outside off, Williams does not bother to play at that.
  • 105.4 Full delivery on middle, Ervine drives it back towards the bowler.
  • 105.3 On a length on middle, Ervine flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 105.2 Length delivery on leg, Williams flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 105.1 On a good length on off, Williams keeps it out.
  • 104.6 Full delivery on off, Williams drives it through covers. The batsmen cross ends. 244/3
  • 104.5 Flighted delivery on off, Williams looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 104.4 Outside off, Williams shoulders arms to this one.
  • 104.3 Floated delivery on off, Ervine defends it towards covers and takes a single.
  • 104.2 Tossed up delivery on off, Ervine punches it towards the off side.
  • 104.1 Flighted delivery on off, Ervine blocks it off the back foot.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is on. 21-6-69-1 are his figures so far.
  • 103.6 Short of a length delivery, Williams pulls it through mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep does well to stop it. The batsmen get two runs. 240/3
  • 103.5 FOUR! Nicely played! Full and outside off, Williams drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 103.4 Good length delivery on off, Williams keeps it out.
  • 103.3 Good length delivery outside off, Williams shoulders arms to this one.
  • 103.2 On a good length on off, Williams blocks it off the front foot.
  • 103.1 Outside off, Williams offers no shot to this one.
  • 102.6 Floated delivery on middle, Ervine blocks it off the front foot. 234/3
  • 102.5 FOUR! Nice shot. Full again on off, Ervine drives it through mid off. Suranga Lakmal from long off tries to stop it with a slide but it goes beneath him for a boundary.
  • 102.4 Full delivery on off, Ervine drives it through covers. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 102.3 Tossed up delivery on off, Ervine drives it towards mid off.
  • 102.2 Full delivery on off, Ervine drives it towards mid off.
  • 102.1 Flighted delivery on off, Ervine drives it towards covers.
  • 101.6 Full delivery outside off, Williams plays it to covers. 228/3
  • The ball has gone out of shape. So the umpires have decided to change it.
  • 101.5 Full delivery on off, Williams drives it to covers.
  • 101.4 Outside off, Williams offers no shot to this one.
  • 101.3 Full delivery on off, Williams looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 101.2 On middle, Williams blocks it off the back foot.
  • 101.1 On a good length on off, Williams defends it out.
  • 100.6 Tossed up delivery on off, Ervine defends it off the back foot. 228/3
  • 100.5 Full delivery on middle, Williams drives it through mid on for a single.
  • 100.4 SIX! Amazing shot. Floated delivery on middle, Williams lofts it over long on for a maximum.
  • 100.4 NO BALL! Dhananjaya oversteps! Loopy delivery on middle, Williams blocks it well.
  • 100.3 Tossed up delivery on middle, Williams blocks it well.
  • 100.2 Flighted delivery on off, Williams offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 100.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, Williams defends it off the back foot.
  • 99.6 Good length delivery on off, Ervine keeps it out. 220/3
  • 99.5 Outside off, Ervine shoulders arms to this one.
  • 99.4 Full delivery on middle, Ervine drives it towards mid on.
  • 99.3 Short delivery on off, Ervine stands tall and defends it off the back foot.
  • 99.2 On a good length on off, Ervine defends it off the back foot.
  • 99.1 Full delivery on off, Ervine drives it towards covers.
  • 98.6 Full delivery on middle, Ervine drives it towards mid on for a single. 220/3
  • 98.5 On middle, Ervine offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 98.4 Floated delivery on off, Ervine punches it towards point.
  • 98.3 Loopy delivery on off, Ervine keeps it out.
  • 98.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Ervine blocks it off the back foot.
  • 98.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Ervine defends it off the front foot.
  • 97.6 BEATEN AGAIN! Good length delivery just outside off, Williams looks to play inside the line but misses it. 219/3
  • 97.5 BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Ervine looks to guide but misses it.
  • 97.4 Length delivery on middle, Ervine flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 97.3 Full delivery on off, Ervine drives it towards mid off.
  • 97.2 Good length delivery on off, Ervine blocks it off the back foot.
  • 97.1 On a good length on middle, Ervine defends it off the back foot.
  • Drinks Break! Kasun Rajitha to bowl. 17-5-31-0 are his figures so far.
  • 96.6 Floated delivery on middle, Williams blocks it off the front foot. 218/3
  • 96.5 Full delivery on off, Sean drives it towards mid off.
  • 96.4 Tossed up delivery on off, Williams drives it to covers.
  • 96.3 Loopy delivery on middle, Williams blocks it off the front foot.
  • 96.2 Flighted delivery on off, Williams drives it towards mid off.
  • 96.1 Full delivery on off, Ervine drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 96.1 NO BALL! Dhananjaya de Silva oversteps! Tossed up delivery on off, Ervine defends it off the front foot.
  • 95.6 Full delivery on middle, Williams flicks it towards mid-wicket where the fielder dives and does well to stop it. 216/3
  • 95.5 Good length delivery on off, Williams defends it off the back foot.
  • 95.4 On a length on middle, Ervine flicks it towards square leg for a single.
  • 95.3 Good length delivery outside off, Ervine offers no shot to this one.
  • 95.2 On a length on off, Ervine taps it to point.
  • 95.1 Outside off, Ervine shoulders arms to this one.
  • 94.6 Flighted delivery on off, Williams blocks it off the back foot. 215/3
  • 94.5 Tossed up delivery on middle, Williams blocks it well.
  • 94.4 Loopy delivery on off, Williams blocks it off the front foot.
  • 94.3 Floated delivery on leg, Williams looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 94.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Williams blocks it off the back foot.
  • 94.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Williams drives it to covers.
  • 93.6 Full delivery on leg, Ervine flicks it through square leg. The batsmen get two runs. 215/3
  • 93.5 On a length on middle, Ervine flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 93.4 Good length delivery on leg, Ervine looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 93.3 On a good length on middle, Sean looks to defend but gets an inside edge on it. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen cross ends.
  • 93.2 Good length delivery on off, Williams offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 93.1 On a good length on off, Williams defends it off the back foot.
  • 92.6 Flighted delivery on off, Ervine defends it towards the off side. 210/3
  • 92.5 On off, Ervine punches it towards point.
  • 92.4 Floated delivery on leg, Ervine looks to defend but gets hit on the pads.
  • 92.3 Tossed up delivery on off, Ervine keeps it out.
  • 92.2 Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Ervine flicks it towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 92.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Ervine blocks it off the front foot.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva to bowl. 15-7-31-0 are his figures so far.
  • 91.6 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Williams allows it through to the keeper. 208/3
  • Sean Williams is the new batsman in.
  • 91.5 OUT! STOP THE PRESS! Sri Lanka have a breakthrough at last. Relief writ large on the faces of the Lankan players. Lakmal looks at the heavens and thanks the Almighty. It's been really hard work for the visitors. There is some visible movement from the deck this time. Lakmal dishes out a fuller length ball around off and it nips back in a bit after hitting the deck. Taylor shapes up to flick it on the leg side but falls over a bit as he fails to connect. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up. 44-run stand has been broken. There's an opening now, can Sri Lanka create more inroads?
  • 91.4 Good length delivery on middle, Taylor offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 91.3 Full delivery outside off, Ervine drives it towards mid off where the fielder does well to stop it with a dive. The batsmen still manage to take a single.
  • 91.2 On a good length on off, Ervine defends it towards the off side.
  • 91.1 Good length delivery on off, Ervine defends it off the back foot.
  • The wind has picked up! Dark clouds are approaching the stadium and they are looking very angry. Let's hope we are lucky to skip any rain break.
  • 90.6 On a good length on off, Taylor blocks it well. Solidly negotiated, a maiden. 207/2
  • 90.5 Good length delivery on middle, Taylor keeps it out.
  • 90.4 On a good length on off, Taylor blocks it off the back foot.
  • 90.3 Short again and outside off, Taylor looks to cut but misses it.
  • 90.2 Short delivery on off, Taylor stands tall and blocks it off the back foot.
  • 90.1 Back of a length delivery, Taylor is in two minds - whether to pull or defend. In the end he defends it off the back foot, albeit not from the middle of the bat.
  • 89.6 Outside off, Ervine leaves it alone. Done with the 90 overs, Sri Lanka's struggle to get a breakthrough continues. There is really nothing on offer from this pitch. 207/2
  • 89.5 Good length delivery on off, Ervine keeps it out.
  • 89.4 On a good length on middle, Ervine blocks it off the back foot.
  • 89.3 Full delivery on off, Taylor drives it through covers. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
  • 89.2 Good length delivery on off, Taylor defends it towards gully.
  • 89.1 On a good length on off, Taylor defends it off the front foot.
  • 88.6 On a good length on off, Taylor pushes it through covers for a single. 204/2
  • 88.5 Outside off, Taylor shoulders arms to this one.
  • 88.4 Bowls a yorker again on middle, Ervine manages to dig it out. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen cross ends.
  • 88.3 BEATEN! Bowls a yorker outside off, Ervine tries to dig it out but misses it.
  • 88.2 Good length delivery on off, Ervine defends it off the front foot.
  • 88.1 Appeal for a run out! On a length on middle, Taylor flicks it towards mid-wicket. The fielder picks the ball and fires a direct hit at the bowler's end. It is referred upstairs. The replays show that the batsman was well inside the crease. One added to the total.
  • 87.6 Good length delivery on off, Ervine blocks it off the front foot. Smooth going again for Zimbabwe! 201/2
  • 87.5 Full and outside off, Ervine drives it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 87.4 Full again and outside off, Taylor drives it towards mid off where the fielder tries to stop it but misfields and concedes a run.
  • 87.3 Full delivery on off, Taylor drives it towards mid off.
  • 87.2 Good length delivery outside off, Taylor offers no shot to this one.
  • 87.1 On a good length and outside off, Taylor looks to leave but gets a bottom edge on that one. It misses the off stump and goes safely towards the keeper.
  • 86.6 Outside off, Ervine offers no shot to this one. 198/2
  • 86.5 Short delivery on middle, Ervine pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 86.4 Good length delivery on off, Ervine blocks it off the back foot.
  • 86.3 Full delivery on middle, Ervine drives it towards mid on.
  • 86.2 Short delivery on middle, Taylor pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 86.1 On a good length on off, Taylor defends it out.
  • 85.6 Shout for an lbw! Good length delivery on middle and leg, Ervine looks to defend but misses it and gets hit on the thigh pad. The bowler appeals for lbw but the umpire shakes his head. Going down, probably. 195/2
  • 85.5 On a length on off, Ervine defends it towards covers.
  • 85.4 On a good length on off, Ervine offers a solid defense on this one.
  • 85.3 FOUR! Nice shot. Full delivery on off, Ervine drives it through mid off for a boundary. 1000 runs for Craig Ervine in Tests.
  • 85.2 BEATEN! Full again and outside off, Ervine looks to defend but misses it.
  • 85.1 Full delivery on middle, Ervine drives it towards mid on.
  • Suranga Lakmal to bowl from the other end.
  • 84.6 Length delivery on middle, Ervine flicks it towards square leg for a run. 191/2
  • 84.5 On a good length and outside off, Ervine shoulders arms to this one.
  • 84.4 The batsman fails to put bat on ball as he pushes inside the delivery outside off.
  • 84.3 Bowls a yorker on off, Ervine does well to dig it out.
  • 84.2 Chandimal is hurt here! Blow to Sri Lanka as he is walking off the field. Fullish delivery around off, Ervine drives to mid off where Dinesh dives across to his right to stop the ball. He seems to have hurt his fingers. The physio comes out and then takes him to the pavilion for some medical attention. Hopefully, there isn't anything serious.
  • 84.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • We are all set to begin Day 2. Craig Ervine and Brendan Taylor will resume their innings for the hosts. Lahiru Kumara will start the proceedings for Sri Lanka.
  • A warm welcome to Day 2 of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in Harare. It was a very slow day of Test cricket, a typical one, reminding us of the old days when the batsmen used to grind themselves out and concentrate more on preserving wickets than scoring runs. In this modern era of Twenty20 cricket, that may sound like boring but this is what the Test cricket originally was all about. Agreed that the approach of the teams has changed nowadays but for a team like Zimbabwe which is trying to re-establish themselves alongside the big boys, we can understand that they want to take things cautiously. Having said all that, the onus also falls on Sri Lanka, who are supposed to be a better team, to pick wickets which they failed to do. That brings the pitch into picture which wears a flat look at the moment but is expected to break in the coming days. Will the African minnow up their scoring rate today and get a substantial first innings total? Or are we going to see the Lankan Lions roar back to show what they got? We are not too far away from the first ball...
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • That's all from Day 1 of this Test match. Zimbabwe have had a terrific day in the field and they will look to get as many runs as possible on Day 2 and put further pressure on the Lankans. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, would be disappointed but they are not entirely out of it. They need to pick up quick wickets though and get Zimbabwe out for a cheap score. What will happen on Day 2? Will the Lankan Lions roar back or will Zimbabwe run away with the game. Join us on Monday, the 20th of January at 1000 Local (0800 GMT) for another engrossing day of Test match cricket. Until then, good night.
  • Sri Lanka, on the other hand, bowled their hearts out. They kept on bowling tight lines and lengths but were unable to reap the reward. Lasith Embuldeniya picked up one wicket while Kumara was lucky to get his wicket off a full toss. Suranga Lakmal and Kasun Rajitha too bowled well but the Zimbabwean batters played everything solidly which came their way. Overall, a tough day in the field for the visitors.
  • Unfortunately, it has been called Stumps on Day 1 with only 6 overs remaining in the day's play. A day that has belonged to Zimbabwe. They started brilliantly with a 96-run stand between Prince Masvoure and Kevin Kasuza. Both reached their respective fifties. Although they were a little slow but they laid a solid foundation for the rest of the batters. They lost Masvoure soon after Lunch but Craig Ervine came out and adopted a positive approach and got to his half ton as well. Kevin Kasuza looked set for a ton but missed out on a full toss as he fell. Since then, Taylor and Ervine managed to play out the remaining overs before bad light stopped play. Their run rate might be a little on the slower side but will be happy going into Day 2.
  • Update (1701 Local) - The umpires have decided that it is dark enough to take players off ans they are going off. This might just be Stumps. Let's see what happens.
  • The umpires bring out the light meter and check for bad light.
  • 83.6 BEATEN! Beautiful piece of bowling from Craig Ervine. Full delivery outside off, Ervine looks to defend but fails to get any bat on it. 189/2
  • 83.5 Full delivery outside off, Ervine shoulders arms to this one.
  • 83.4 Full delivery on off, Ervine drives it straight back to the bowler.
  • 83.3 Fullish delivery on middle, Craig solidly defends it to the bowler.
  • 83.2 Outside off, left alone by Ervine.
  • 83.1 Full delivery down the leg side, Ervine looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal for LBW is made but not out given by the umpire.
  • 82.6 Full delivery outside off, Taylor leaves it alone. 189/2
  • 82.5 Fullish delivery on the pads, Ervine tucks it to backward square leg for a single.
  • 82.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, Ervine blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 82.3 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle and leg, Ervine ducks under it.
  • 82.2 Full delivery on middle, Ervine pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 82.1 Fullish delivery outside off, Ervine shoulders arms to it.
  • 81.6 On middle, flicked to mid-wicket. 188/2
  • 81.5 Taylor defends this full delivery on off back to the bowler.
  • 81.4 Fullish on middle, Taylor flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 81.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Taylor lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 81.2 Fullish on off, driven towards mid off for nothing.
  • 81.1 Full delivery on middle, Taylor defends it to the bowler.
  • Suranga Lakmal returns. 13-6-18-0 are his figures.
  • 80.6 Very full delivery on middle, Ervine defends it to mid-wicket. 188/2
  • 80.5 On middle, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 80.4 FOUR! Brilliant. Not a delivery to bowl to a set batsman. Full delivery on middle, Ervine drives it straight down the ground for a boundary.
  • 80.3 Fuller one on off, Ervine drives it to mid off.
  • 80.2 On a length on middle, Ervine pushes it off the back foot to mid on.
  • 80.1 FIFTY! It has been a good knock from the left-hander. Short of a length ball outside off, Ervine punches it through covers for a couple.
  • The second new ball is now available and it has been taken immediately. Kasun Rajitha is also back into the attack. 15-5-24-0 are his figures so far.
  • 79.6 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle, Taylor ducks under it. 182/2
  • 79.5 LEG BYE! Short delivery on the pads, Ervine looks to pull but hits the thigh pad and the ball goes to fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 79.4 Full delivery on the pads, Ervine flicks it to deep mid-wicket and picks up a couple before the fielder can come across and clean it up.
  • 79.3 Short ball around middle, Ervine ducks under it.
  • 79.2 Full delivery on off, Ervine digs it out back to the bowler.
  • 79.1 Length ball on off, Ervine defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 78.6 FOUR! Excellent batting. Taylor will not get bogged down by spinners. Full delivery on middle and leg, Taylor whips it over deep mid-wicket for a boundary. 179/2
  • 78.5 Floated on middle, Taylor comes down and whips it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 78.4 Full on middle, Taylor pushes it down to mid on.
  • 78.3 Floated on the pads, Taylor looks to sweep but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 78.2 Floated on middle, Brendan defends it back to the bowler.
  • 78.1 Flatter one outside off, Taylor punches it to point.
  • 77.6 Slower delivery outside off, Ervine guides it to the slip cordon. 173/2
  • 77.5 Short of a length ball on off, Taylor pushes it to cover and crosses over for a single.
  • 77.4 Good length ball outside off, Taylor shoulders arms to this one.
  • 77.3 Full delivery outside off, Taylor shoulders arms to this one.
  • 77.2 Back of a length ball on middle, Ervine pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 77.1 Short ball down the leg side, Ervine sways away from it.
  • 76.6 SIX! Massive! Floated on middle, Brendan Taylor comes down the track and hammers it over the bowler's head for a biggie. 171/2
  • 76.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 76.4 LBW appeal turned down! Floated ball on middle and leg, Taylor comes down the track and then looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. Embuldeniya and the rest appeal but the umpire turns him down.
  • 76.3 Loopy delivery on middle, Taylor dances down and defends it to short leg.
  • 76.2 Floated on middle, Taylor defends it off the front foot.
  • 76.1 Loopy delivery on middle, Ervine pushes it down to long on for a single.
  • 75.6 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails. 164/2
  • 75.5 Fortunate! Short ball on off, Taylor looks to defend off the back foot but it takes the bottom edge and is almost going onto the stumps. Luckily, for him, the ball goes over the stumps.
  • 75.4 Short of a length ball outside off, Taylor looks to play at first but then decides to let the ball go to the keeper.
  • Brandan Taylor comes out to the middle.
  • 75.3 OUT! LBW! Kasuza misses out on a full toss and he has to depart after playing a good knock on his debut. Kumara bowls a full toss on middle, swinging in a little. Kasuza looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Kumara appeals and after thinking for a while, the umpire gives it out. Big, big wicket this for the Lankans. It looked like it was going over the stumps but it was dipping and might have gone onto hit the stumps.
  • 75.2 Full delivery on middle, Kasuza pushes it to mid on.
  • 75.1 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle, Kasuza ducks under it.
  • 74.6 Full on middle, Kasuza works it down to long off for a single. 164/1
  • 74.5 Flatter one on off, pushed to the leg side and crosses over for a single.
  • 74.4 FOUR! Beautifully swept! Full delivery on middle, Ervine sweeps it to the deep square leg region for a boundary.
  • 74.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 74.2 Looped up on middle, Ervine flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 74.1 Floated on middle, Ervine prods forward and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 73.6 Slower delivery on middle, Kasuza picks it and pushes it to mid off. 158/1
  • 73.5 Short of a length ball on middle, Ervine pulls it to fine leg for a single.
  • 73.4 Short ball on off, pushed to mid off.
  • 73.3 On off, defended out.
  • 73.2 Short ball down the leg side, Ervine looks to pull but misses. Kumara thinks that he has edged that one and put a huge appeal for caught behind. The umpire is not interested as he shakes his head and rightly so as the replays show that there is no bat on it.
  • 73.1 Short delivery on middle, Ervine pulls it to mid-wicket.
  • 72.6 Floated on middle, Ervine lunges and defends it to cover off the front foot and takes a single. 157/1
  • 72.5 On middle, Ervine sweeps it to fine leg for a couple.
  • 72.4 On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 72.3 Looped up ball on middle, Ervine flicks it to square leg.
  • 72.2 Floated on middle, Ervine flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 72.1 Floated on middle, Ervine defends it out.
  • DRINKS! Zimbabwe are having a field day out there. After the wicket of Prince Masvoure, Craig Ervine and Kevin Kasuza have looked calm and are taking the game away from Sri Lanka. They will look to add as many runs as possible. The visitors, on the other hand, would want to take quick wickets and not let the game get away from them.
  • 71.6 Short ball outside off, Kevin plays the square cut and the ball goes through point. The fielders chases after it and the batters take a couple. 154/1
  • 71.5 BEATEN! Short of a length ball outside off, Kasuza looks to cut but fails to get any bat on it.
  • 71.4 Good length delivery on off, Kasuza pushes it to cover.
  • 71.3 Length ball on off, Kasuza defends it solidly to cover.
  • 71.2 Short ball outside off, Kasuza punches it through point for an easy couple.
  • 71.1 Starts with a back of a length ball on middle, Kasuza defends it out off the back foot.
  • Lahiru Kumara is back on. 11-5-28-0 are his figures so far.
  • 70.6 Full delivery on middle, Kevin pushes it down to mid on for a single. 150/1
  • 70.5 Flatter delivery on off, Ervine punches it down to long on for a single.
  • 70.4 Flighted on middle, defended out by Ervine.
  • 70.3 On middle, Ervine tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 70.2 Loopy one on off, Ervine dances down the track and then defends it to the cover fielder.
  • 70.1 Floated on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 69.6 Full delivery on the pads, Ervine flicks it to the leg side for a single. 148/1
  • 69.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 69.4 Huge appeal for LBW turned down! Full delivery on the pads, Ervine looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Lakmal puts in a huge appeal for LBW but the umpire shakes his head. Probably going down the leg side. There was a run out appeal as well as Ervine was lazy in going back to the crease. The replays show that he was well in.
  • 69.3 On a length on off, Ervine taps it to gully.
  • 69.2 Good length ball on off, Ervine defends it to cover.
  • 69.1 Short ball around off, Ervine sways away from it.
  • 68.6 Floated on middle, pushed to cover for a single. 147/1
  • 68.5 Full delivery on middle, Ervine pushes it to mid on.
  • 68.4 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man.
  • 68.3 Loopy delivery on the pads, Ervine flicks it it to fine leg and takes a couple.
  • 68.2 FOUR! Some innovation this time! Floated outside off, Ervine plays the reverse sweep to the third man region for a boundary.
  • 68.1 Flatter one on middle, Ervine pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is back on. 15-6-38-1, his figures so far.
  • 67.6 Good length ball on middle, solidly defended. 140/1
  • 67.5 Full delivery on the pads, Kevin pounches it to mid-wicket where the fielder dives and makes a stop.
  • 67.4 Good length ball on off, Kasuza defends it off the back foot to cover.
  • 67.3 On middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 67.2 Fullish ball outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to it.
  • 67.1 Full delivery on middle, Kasuza defends it to the bowler.
  • 66.6 Floated on middle, Ervine is solid in defense. 140/1
  • 66.5 On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 66.4 Loopy delivery on middle, defended out.
  • 66.3 SIX! That is an extraordinary shot from Ervine! Floated ball on off, Ervine lifts it over the extra cover region for a biggie.
  • 66.2 Loopy on middle, defended out onto the pitch.
  • 66.1 Floated on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 65.6 Fullish outside off, Kasuza leaves it alone. 134/1
  • 65.5 On off, Kasuza blocks it out towards mid off.
  • 65.4 On a length on off, Kevin is once again solid in defense.
  • 65.3 Length ball on off, Kasuza defends it out to the bowler.
  • 65.2 Fullish delivery outside off, Kevin does not fiddle with it and lets it go to the keeper.
  • 65.1 Good length ball outside off, Kevin shoulders arms to this one.
  • Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack. 10-4-17-0 are his figures.
  • 64.6 Floated on middle, Ervine tucks it to mid-wicket. 134/1
  • 64.5 On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 64.4 Floated on middle, Ervine works it to square leg.
  • 64.3 Flatter one outside off, left alone by Ervine.
  • 64.2 Floated on off, pushed to cover.
  • 64.1 Floated on middle, Ervine defends it back to the bowler.
  • 63.6 Shorter delivery outside off, Kevin stands tall and cuts it through point and takes two before the fielder can come across and clean it up. 134/1
  • 63.5 Fullish delivery on off, defended to cover off the front foot.
  • 63.4 Short of a length ball outside off, Kasuza punches it through the cover region for a couple.
  • 63.3 Full delivery on off, Kasuza drives it to cover.
  • 63.2 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle, Kasuza ducks under it.
  • 63.1 Short ball outside off, Kasuza punches it to point.
  • 62.6 Flatter one on middle, Ervine solidly blocks it out. 130/1
  • 62.5 On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 62.4 Loopy on middle, Ervine defends it out onto the pitch.
  • 62.3 Floated on off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 62.2 SIX! Ervine is going after Dhananjaye de Silva. Full delivery on middle, Ervine thrashes it over long off for another biggie.
  • 62.1 Floated on off, Ervine defends it to the point region.
  • 61.6 Fullish on off, Kasuza defends it to the cover fielder. 124/1
  • 61.5 Good length ball outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to it.
  • 61.4 Good length ball on middle, Ervine works it to square leg for a single.
  • 61.3 On off, defended out onto the pitch.
  • 61.2 Short of a length ball on off, Ervine drives it to cover where the fielder allows the ball to go through him.The ball rolls towards deep cover and the batters take two.
  • 61.1 Good length ball on middle, Kasuza flicks it to mid-wicket where the fielder misfields allowing the batters to take a single.
  • 60.6 SIX! Ervine is not afraid to take on the spinners and he has done just that. Floated on middle, Ervine hammers it over the long on region for a maximum. 120/1
  • 60.5 Floated on middle, Ervine pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 60.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 60.3 Full on middle,pushed down to mid on.
  • 60.2 Looped up on middle, Ervine prods and defends it out.
  • 60.1 On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 59.6 Outside off,left alone. 114/1
  • 59.5 Good length ball on off, Kasuza looks to defend but it takes the outside edge of the bat and it rolls to the point region.
  • 59.4 Fullish delivery outside off, Kasusa shoulders arms to this one.
  • 59.3 Overthrow! Good length ball on the pads, Ervine looks to flick but gets an inside edge. The ball rolls to the leg side and the batters take a single.
  • 59.2 On middle, Ervine solidly defends it out.
  • 59.1 FIFTY! That too on debut! Full delivery on the pads, Kasuza flicks it through mid-wicket for three. Excellent innings from the opener and he will be looking to get to ton here.
  • 58.6 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 110/1
  • 58.5 Miscommunication but safe! Full delivery on middle, Kasuza works it to mid-wicket and he wants the single but is sent back. The fielder has ashy at the keeper's end but the batter was well in.
  • 58.4 Shorter one on middle, Ervine flicks it to mid-wicket where the fielder makes a half stop and the ball rolls to mid on. The batters take a single.
  • 58.3 Floated on off, Craig lunges and blocks it out.
  • 58.2 Flatter one on middle, whipped to square leg.
  • 58.1 Floated on middle, Ervine pushes it back to the bowler.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva will bowl from the other end.
  • 57.6 PLAY AND A MISS! This is not needed! Why play these shots? Good length ball outside off, Kasuza looks to drive but misses it altogether. 108/1
  • 57.5 On a length on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 57.4 BEATEN! Nicely bowled! Full delivery outside off, Kasuza looks to drive without moving his feet. Misses the ball completely.
  • 57.3 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle, Kevin ducks under it.
  • 57.2 Length ball on off, defended to the cover fielder.
  • 57.1 Good length ball on off, Kasuza guides it to gully.
  • We are back for the final session of the day. Craig Ervine and Kevin Kasuza are making their way out to the middle. The Sri Lankan players follow them out to the field. Kasun Rajitha will start the proceedings with the ball.
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • Zimbabwe, on the other hand, have gone about their business smoothly, although they would have been happier if they had not lost the wicket of Masvoure. Kevin Kasuza has looked good so far and is inching towards his fifty. Ervine has joined him out in the middle and is looking solid. It has been slow going for them and they would look to attack a bit more and get to as many runs as possible before Stumps. In the final session of Day 1, Sri Lanka would hope that they get further wickets and not let Zimbabwe get away with the game. An interesting session awaits us. Join us in a while to find out.
  • It has been an exhilarating session of Test match cricket. From the scorecard, it might look like that the session belonged to Zimbabwe but Sri Lanka bowled extremely well in this session. They bowled 30 overs and gave away just 46 runs at a run rate of just around 1.5. Lasith Embuldeniya was the pick of the bowlers and was rewarded with the wicket of Prince Masvoure. Lasith Kumara bowled his heart out but was unlucky to not finish with a wicket.
  • 56.6 Loopy delivery on middle, Kevin plays it down to long on for a single. TEA ON DAY 1. 108/1
  • 56.5 Floated on middle, Kasuza works it to mid-wicket.
  • 56.4 Short ball outside off, Kevin punches it through the cover region for a couole.
  • 56.3 Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Kasuza solidly defends it out.
  • 56.2 Flatter one outside off, Kasuza punches it to cover.
  • 56.1 Flatter one on middle, pushed down to long on for a single.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva is back on.
  • 55.6 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 104/1
  • 55.5 The batsman has driven that ball straight back.
  • 55.4 Good length ball outside off, Ervine lets it go to the keeper.
  • 55.3 An LBW shout turned down. Good length ball on middle, which straightens after pitching. Ervine looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The Sri Lankan players put in an appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Looked very close but probably going too high.
  • 55.2 Fuller one on off, Ervine gets on his front foot and defends it out to the bowler.
  • 55.1 Good length ball on off, Ervine defends it to cover.
  • Kasun Rajitha comes back on. 10-4-12-0 are his figures.
  • 54.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 103/1
  • 54.5 BEATEN! Some spin there! Floated ball outside off, Kasuza looks to drive but gets beaten duw to the spin on it.
  • 54.4 On middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 54.3 Loopy one on middle, Kevin danxces down and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 54.2 Flatter one on middle, punched to mid-wicket.
  • 54.1 Loopy delivery on middle, Kasuza defends it off the front foot to the bowler.
  • 53.6 Full delivery on off, Ervine drives it to mid off. 101/1
  • 53.5 Short of a length ball on middle, Ervine hops and defends it out solidly.
  • 53.4 Full delivery outside off, Ervine shoulders arms to it.
  • 53.3 Short ball outside off, Ervine looks to punch off the back foot but takes the inside half of the bat and the ball goes towards the leg side.
  • 53.2 LEG BYE! Good length ball on the pads, Kevin looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls to square leg for a leg bye.
  • 53.1 Full delivery on middle, Kasuza works it to mid-wicket.
  • 52.6 Looped up ball on middle, pushed to mid on. 100/1
  • 52.5 Loopy delivery on middle, Ervine defends it out.
  • 52.4 Flatter one on middle, Ervine works it to square leg.
  • 52.3 Ervine is off the mark. Floated on the pads, Ervine whips it towards fine leg for a couple. 100 up for the hosts.
  • 52.2 Full delivery on middle, Kasuza drives it towards mid on and takes a single.
  • 52.1 Flatter one outside off, Kasuza lets it go to the keeper.
  • 51.6 Length ball outside off, Craig does not fiddle with it as he leaves this one alone. 97/1
  • 51.5 Fullish on off, driven to mid off for nothing.
  • 51.4 Fullish ball outside off, Ervine shoulders arms to it.
  • 51.3 Short ball outside off, Ervine sways away from it.
  • 51.2 Full delivery on middle,Kasuza drives it straight back where the bowler makes a half stop. The ball rolls towards mid off and the batters take a single.
  • 51.1 Good length ball on middle, Kasuza works it to mid-wicket.
  • 50.6 Loopy delivery on middle, Craig defends it out onto the pitch. A successful over comes to an end. 96/1
  • 50.5 Short one on middle, Ervine punches it to mid-wicket.
  • 50.4 Flatter one on middle,, Ervine defends it back to the bowler.
  • 50.3 On off, pushed down to mid on.
  • 50.2 Floated on middle, Ervine defends it back to the bowler.
  • Craig Ervine is the new man in.
  • 50.1 OUT! CAUGHT! Finally, finally we have seen a wicket! Brilliant from Dimuth Karunaratne the skipper. Sri Lanka needed that wicket. Floated on off, Masvaure danxces down and looks to lift it over mid off but does not get the elevation. Dimuth moves to his left, tumbles and takes a good catch. Masvaure waits as he thinks that it is not a clean catch. But the Sri Lankan skipper claims it and the umpire sends the batter in his way.
  • 49.6 Full delivery on middle, driven to mid on. 96/0
  • 49.5 Kumara bends his back and digs out a short one on middle, Kasuza hops and defends it onto the pitch.
  • 49.4 On a length on middle, Kasuza pushes it to mid on.
  • 49.3 Back of a length ball on middle, Kevin pushes it to cover.
  • 49.2 Short ball around middle, Kasuza ducks under it.
  • 49.1 Short ball down the leg side, Kasuza shoulders arms to it.
  • 48.6 Flatter delivery on the pads, Masvaure looks to flick but misses to get hit on the thigh pads. 96/0
  • 48.5 Floated one outside off, Masvaure uses his feet and plays it towards mid off.
  • 48.4 On middle, defended out onto the pitch.
  • 48.3 Very full delivery on middle, Prince digs it out.
  • 48.2 Loopy delivery on middle, Prince dances down the track and whips it to mid-wicket.
  • 48.1 Loopy delivery on the pads, Masvaure defends it back to the bowler.
  • 47.6 Short ball outside off, left alone by Kasuza. 96/0
  • 47.5 Short ball around middle, ducked under.
  • 47.4 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle and leg, Kasuza ducks under it. The keeper jumps and collects it.
  • 47.3 Short of a length ball, Kasuza works it nicely comfortably to short leg.
  • 47.2 Full delivery on off, Kevin drives but finds the mid off fielder.
  • 47.1 Back of a length on middle, Kasuza defends it off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 46.6 Floated on off, driven down to long off for a single. 96/0
  • 46.5 Flatter one on off, pushed to point off the back foot.
  • 46.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.3 Loopy one on middle, played back to the bowler.
  • 46.2 Flatter one on middle, Kasuza pulls it to mid-wicket.
  • 46.1 FOUR! Floated ball on middle and leg, Kasuza bends on his knee and sweeps it towards the deep square leg region for a boundary.
  • 45.6 Full delivery on middle and leg, Prince works it to mid-wicket. 91/0
  • 45.5 FOUR! That's extremely well played from Masvaure! Short delivery on off, Prince upper cuts it over the gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 45.4 Back of a length ball on middle, Masvaure stands tall and defends it solidly onto the pitch.
  • 45.3 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle, Masvaure sways away from it.
  • 45.2 Good length delivery on the pads, Masvaure looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. Kumara puts in an appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 45.1 Short delivery around middle, Masvaure sways away from it.
  • 44.6 Floated on middle, Kevin tucks it to mid-wicket. 87/0
  • 44.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 44.4 Flighted ball on middle, Kasuza comes down the track and drives it past the bowler. The mid off fielder comes across and cleans it up.
  • 44.3 Full delivery on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 44.2 SIX! Excellent use of the feet from Kasuza! Loopy delivery on off, Kasuza comes down the track and hammers it over the long off region for a biggie. First one of the game.
  • 44.1 Floated ball on off, Masvaure looks to defend but it takes the outside edge and the ball rolls to short third man. A single taken.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya is back on. 9-4-21-0, his figures so far.
  • 43.6 Full toss on middle, Kasuza misses out as he plays it towards mid on. 80/0
  • 43.5 Fuller one on middle, pushed down to mid on for another dot ball.
  • 43.4 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle and leg, Kasuza ducks under it.
  • 43.3 PLAY AND A MISS! Back of a length delivery outside off, Kasuza looks to drive but fails to get any bat on it.
  • 43.2 On middle, Kasuza drives it to mid on for nothing.
  • 43.1 Full delivery outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to this one.
  • Drinks! Lahiru Kumara is back on. 5-1-23-0 are his figures so far.
  • 42.6 Looped up ball on off, Masvaure defends it to the off side. 80/0
  • 42.5 Flighted ball outside off, pushed to cover off the back foot.
  • 42.4 On middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 42.3 Floated outside off, Masvaure defends it to point off the back foot.
  • 42.2 On off, punched to cover.
  • 42.1 Full delivery on middle, pushed to mid off.
  • 41.6 Back of a length ball on off, Masvaure pushes it to mid off. 80/0
  • 41.5 Fuller one on off, pushed to deep cover.
  • 41.4 On middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 41.3 Full delivery outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to this one.
  • 41.2 Length ball on middle, Kasuza defends it to cover.
  • 41.1 DROPPED! Short of a length ball on middle, Kasuza looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards mid-wicket. The fielder comes ahead and dives but fails to hold onto it. Had to take thast chance, Sri Lanka. Zimbabawe are going really strong at the moment.
  • 40.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 80/0
  • 40.5 Loopy delivery on middle, Masvaure flicks it to deep mid-wicket for a isngle.
  • 40.4 Floated on middle, Masvaure looks to defend but it takes the inside edge and the ball goes to mid-wicket.
  • 40.3 Looped up ball on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 40.2 Fullish delivery on off, Masvaure drives it to covder.
  • 40.1 Floated on off, Masvaure defends it to point.
  • 39.6 Back of a length delivery on off, Kasuza guides it to gully off the back foot. 80/0
  • 39.5 BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Kasuza looks to defend but misses to get any bat on it.
  • 39.4 Lakmal goes full and outside off, Kevin does not have any problems in leaving this ball alone.
  • 39.3 Good length ball outside off, Kasuza lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 39.2 FIFTY! Maiden Test fifty for Prince Masvaure! Brilliant innings from so far and he would look to continue and score a ton here. Good length delivery outside off, Masvaure pushes it to deep cover for a single.
  • 39.1 Short of a length ball on off, tapped to gully.
  • 38.6 Flatter one on middle, Kasuza punches it to mid-wicket off the back foot. 79/0
  • 38.5 Looped up ball on middle, Kasuza defends it to short leg.
  • 38.4 FOUR! Smashed! Short of a length delivery outside off, Kasuza stands tall and punches it through thr cover region for a boundary.
  • 38.3 Full on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 38.2 Loopy delivery on middle, Kevin prods forward and defends it out.
  • 38.1 Shorter delivery on off, Masvaure pushes it to deep cover for a single. Moves to 49 with this.
  • 37.6 On a length on off, Masvaure pushes it to deep point for a single. 74/0
  • 37.5 Fullish ball outside the off stump line, Masvaure lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 37.4 Short of a length delivery outside off, Masvaure shoulders arms to it.
  • 37.3 Full delivery on middle, Prince defends it towards mid on for nothing.
  • 37.2 BEATEN! Short of a length ball outside off, Masvaure looks to defend off the back foot but fails to get any bat on it.
  • 37.1 Full delivery on off, Masvaure gets on his front foot and defends it to the leg side.
  • 36.6 On middle, solidly blocked. 73/0
  • 36.5 Flighted on middle, Kasuza defends it back to the bowler.
  • 36.4 Flatter one on middle,played back to the bowler.
  • 36.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 36.2 Looped up ball on middle, Kasuza blocks it to short leg.
  • 36.1 Floated one on middle, Kasuza defends it out.
  • 35.6 Full delivery on middle, Masvaure defends it back to the bowler. 73/0
  • 35.5 Good length ball on off, Masvaure defends it to the cover fielder.
  • 35.4 Better from Masvaure! Full delivery outside off, Masvaure does not throw his bat at this one as he leaves this one alone.
  • 35.3 BEATEN! Excellent delivery from Lakmal! Full delivery outside off angling into the batsman. Masvaure looks to drive but the ball sneaks between his bat and pad. The balls to the keeper.
  • 35.2 Short of a length ball on off, pushed towards cover off the back foot.
  • 35.1 FOUR! Nicely played! Short of a length delivery outside off, Masvaure cuts it through the point region for a boundary.
  • Suranga Lakmal is back into the attack. 6-3-11-0, his figures so far.
  • 34.6 Loopy one on off, driven down to long off for a single. 69/0
  • 34.5 Floated one outside off, Masvaure pushes it to cover.
  • 34.4 The batsman drives this through the covers.
  • 34.3 Floated ball on off, Masvaure is solid in his defense.
  • 34.2 Looped up ball on off, blocked to the cover fielder.
  • 34.1 Flatter one on off, Masvaure defends it out to cover.
  • 33.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 68/0
  • 33.5 Superb fielding! Short ball on off, Kasuza punches it off the back foot towards cover. The fielder dives and saves some runs for his side.
  • 33.4 Short of a length ball on off, punched off the back foot to the cover fielder.
  • 33.3 Good length ball on off, Kasuza looks to defend but gets an outside edge and the ball goes towards point.
  • 33.2 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle. Kasuza ducks under it.
  • 33.1 Good length ball on off, Kevin drives it to mid off for nothing.
  • 32.6 On off, driven to mid off. 68/0
  • 32.5 Fuller one on middle, Maswaure pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 32.4 Looped up ball on off, Masvaure defends it to cover.
  • 32.3 Floated on off, Kasuza drives it to mid off and takes off for a quick single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
  • 32.2 Flatter one on middle, Kasuza works it to short leg.
  • 32.1 Floated on off, Kevin lunges and defends it to point.
  • 31.6 Full delivery on middle, Masvaure squeezes it to mid-wicket for a single. 67/0
  • 31.5 Good length ball on middle, Masvaure looks to flick but gets hit in the thigh pad. No harm done.
  • 31.4 Good length ball on the pads, worked to square leg.
  • 31.3 Fullish ball on off, Masvaure blocks it towards mid off.
  • 31.2 On a length on off, Masvaure stands tall and defends it to the off side.
  • 31.1 Fullish delivery outside off, Masvaure drives but finds the cover fielder.
  • 30.6 Flatter one on off, blocked solidly by Kasuza. 67/0
  • 30.5 Loopy delivery on off, Kasuza goes on his front foot and defends it out.
  • 30.4 On middle, Kasuza defends it back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • 30.3 Floated on middle, Kevin defends it back to the bowler.
  • 30.2 Loopy delivery on the pads, worked to mid-wicket.
  • 30.1 Flatter one on middle, Kasuza pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 29.6 Outside off, left alone by Masvaure. 67/0
  • 29.5 Full delivery on the pads, Kasuza flicks it to fine leg and crosses over for a single.
  • 29.4 Length ball on off, Kasuza pushes it to cover off the back foot.
  • 29.3 Length ball on middle and leg, Kasuza whips it to square leg.
  • 29.2 Fullish on off, Kevin is solid in his defense and does so towards the bowler.
  • 29.1 Full delivery on middle, Kasuza defends it to mid on.
  • Kasun Rajitha is back on. 7-2-11-0, his figures so far.
  • 28.6 Looped up ball outside off, Masvaure drives it towards cover. 66/0
  • 28.5 Fuller one on middle, Prince pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 28.4 Full delivery outside off, Masvaure drives it to mid off for nothing.
  • 28.3 On off, defended out by the batsman.
  • 28.2 Loopy delivery on off, Prince blocks it to cover.
  • 28.1 Floated on middle, Masvaure defends it to mid-wicket.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva will bowl from the other end.
  • 27.6 On middle, Kevin defends it to the bowler. 66/0
  • 27.5 FOUR! This is excellent batting from Kasuza. Floated on middle, Kasuza bends on his knees and sweeps it towards the deep mid-wicket region for a boundary.
  • 27.4 Floated on middle, blocked solidly.
  • 27.3 Floated on off, Kevin is solid in defense and does so towards the off side.
  • 27.2 Looped up on off, Kasuza defends it out to the cover fielder.
  • 27.1 Floated on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • The second session is all set to get underway!!! Kevin Kasuza and Prince Masvaure make their way out to the middle. They are followed by the Sri Lankan players. Lasith Embuldeniya will begin after the break.
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • Sri Lankan bowlers toiled hard and bowled well but were not rewarded with a wicket. Kasun Rajitha and Suranga Lakmal were excellent at the start but would be slightly disappointed with how things panned out in the first session. Embuldeniya was good too with his lines and lengths. They would look to pick quick wickets after the break and restrict Zimbabwe. So, what to look forward to after the break? Will the Zimbabwean openers continue to dominate or will the Lankan Lions make a comeback in this game? Do join us in a while to find out.
  • An excellent session for the hosts. The openers have done a terrific job staying not out and surviving the burst by the Sri Lankan bowlers. Kevin Masuza and Prince Masvaure have played and defended everything which has been thrown at them. They have stitched up an unbeaten 62-run stand and would be looking to build after the break. The run rate might be just over 2 but the hosts' won't mind one bit. There were a few edges here and there but none went to hand and Zimbabwe will go as the happier side into the break.
  • 26.6 Back of a length ball on the pads, Kasuza tucks it to square leg for a single. With that, it is LUNCH ON DAY 1. 62/0
  • 26.5 Outside off, Kevin shoulders arms to it.
  • 26.4 Fullish delivery outside off, angling into the batsman. Kasuza makes a good leave to this one.
  • 26.3 On a length on middle and leg, Kevin solidly defends it towards mid on.
  • 26.2 Full delivery outside off, left alone by Kasuza.
  • 26.1 Good length ball on middle, Kasuza defends it out.
  • 25.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 61/0
  • 25.5 Full on off, Masvaure drives it to mid off.
  • 25.4 On middle, blocked out.
  • 25.3 Flatter one on middle, Masvaure works it to square leg.
  • 25.2 Looped up ball on middle, Masvaure looks to defend but it hits the thigh pad and rolls to the point region.
  • 25.1 Floated on middle, Masvaure defends it back to the bowler.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva comes on for the first time today.
  • 24.6 Doesn't carry! Full delivery on the pads, Kasuza whips it but uppishly. Luckily for him, it lands just short of the mid-wicket fielder. 61/0
  • 24.5 Good length ball outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to it.
  • 24.4 Fullish delivery on off, Kevin prods forward and blocks it to cover.
  • 24.3 Good length ball on middle, Kevin solidly defends it out to mid on.
  • 24.2 Good length ball on the pads, Kasuza works it to deep square leg and picks up a couple before the fielder from fine leg can come across and clean it up.
  • 24.1 Full delivery around off, Masvaure drives it to deep cover for a single.
  • 23.6 Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Kevin works it to the leg side for nothing. 58/0
  • 23.5 Floated on middle, Kasuza pushes it to extra cover.
  • 23.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 23.3 On middle, Kasuza prods forward and defends it out.
  • 23.2 Floated on middle, pushed to cover off the front foot.
  • 23.1 Loopy delivery on off, Kasuza defends it to the cover fielder.
  • 22.6 Full delivery outside off, Masvaure shoulders arms to it. 58/0
  • 22.5 FOUR! Masvaure is looking really good out there. Short delivery outside off, Prince stands tall and punches it through the point region for a boundary.
  • 22.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 22.3 Edgy! Lucky! Full delivery outside off, Masvaure looks to drive but it takes the inside edge and goes just past the off stump. The ball rolls to short fine leg.
  • 22.2 Full on middle, defended out.
  • 22.1 Fullish delivery outside off, Masvaure shoulders arms to it.
  • Kasun Rajitha comes back on. 4-2-3-0 are his figures so far.
  • 21.6 Flatter delivery outside off, Masvaure punches it to the cover-point region for a single. 54/0
  • 21.5 Flighted ball on the pads, Masvaure sweeps it to fine leg for a couple.
  • 21.4 Floated on middle, Kevin drives it down to long on for a single.
  • 21.3 Full on off, pushed to covers for a single. 50-run stand is up between the two.
  • 21.2 Loopy delivery on middle, defended out solidly.
  • 21.1 Floated on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 20.6 Short of a length ball on off, Kasuza punches it to point. 49/0
  • 20.5 Fullish delivery on the pads, Kevin works it through mid-wicket for another couple. The fielder hares after it from mid off and cleans it up.
  • 20.4 Good length ball on middle, Prince tucks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 20.3 Low full toss outside off, Prince looks to drive but it takes the faintest of outside edges and goes into the mitts of the keeper.
  • 20.2 Full delivery on middle, Masvaure defends it out.
  • 20.1 Full toss on middle, Masvaure tucks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 19.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 44/0
  • 19.5 Looped up ball on off, Kasuza looks to drive but it goes off the inside edge and it goes towards mid off who collects it on the bounce.
  • 19.4 On middle, defended out by Kasuza.
  • 19.3 Play and a miss! Floated ball outside off, Kasuza looks to cut but fails to get any bat on it.
  • 19.2 Loopy delivery down the leg side, Kasuza looks to sweep but misses it.
  • 19.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Short of a length ball outside off, Masvaure punches it off the back foot through the point region. Dhananjaya de Silva chases after it and makes a sliding stop. The replays show that his fingers had touched the ropes. A boundary signaled. 44/0
  • 18.5 Short delivery on off, punched to point off the back foot.
  • 18.4 EDGY FOUR! Excellent delivery but Masvaure is very lucky there. Yorker on the leg stump line, Masvaure just gets his bat down in time and the ball goes off the inside edge and into the fine leg fence.
  • 18.3 On off, Masvaure solidly drives it down to mid off.
  • 18.2 Full delivery on middle, Prince pushes it to mid off.
  • 18.1 Short ball down the leg side, Kevin works it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 17.6 Loopy one on off, pushed to mid off for a single. 35/0
  • 17.5 Full delivery on middle, Masvaure pushes it down to long on for a single.
  • 17.4 On middle, Masvaure defends it back to the bowler off the back foot.
  • 17.3 Flat one on off, Kevin pushes it to cover-point and collects a single.
  • 17.2 Floated on off, pushed to cover.
  • 17.1 Floated down the leg side, Kasuza looks to flick but misses.
  • 16.6 Full one on middle and leg, Masvaure is solid in defense and does so towards mid on. 32/0
  • 16.5 Short ball around off, Masvaure sways away from it.
  • 16.4 Short of a length ball on off, Prince stands tall and defends it to the off side.
  • Time for the mandatory concussion test. The physio is out to check on him and he is going to continue. Good signs.
  • 16.3 OUCH! That must have hurt! Short ball around middle, Masvaure looks to defend but it brushes the shoulder and hits the helmet. Kumara asks Prince whether he is fine.
  • 16.2 Fullish on off, Masvaure pushes it down to mid off.
  • 16.1 Good length ball on middle, Prince tucks it to square leg.
  • 15.6 Outside off, driven to cover for nothing. 32/0
  • 15.5 Full on middle, Kasuza pushes it to the cover fielder.
  • 15.4 Loopy delivery on off, Kevin prods forward and defends it out.
  • 15.3 Floated on off, defended out to cover.
  • 15.2 Flatter one outside off, Kevin cuts it but straight to the point fielder.
  • 15.1 Fullish delivery on middle, defended back to Lasith.
  • 14.6 Full delivery on middle, Masvaure defends it to cover. 32/0
  • 14.5 Short of a length ball on off, Masvaure guides it to gully where Oshada makes a good diving stop.
  • 14.4 Good length ball on off, defended to cover off the back foot.
  • 14.3 FOUR! Short of a length ball outside off, Masvaure stands tall and plays it uppishly over the gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 14.2 Fuller one on off, pushed to mid off.
  • 14.1 Good length ball on off, Masvaure looks to defend but it takes the outside edge and goes towards gully. The fielder collects it on the bounce.
  • 13.6 Full on middle, Kazusa defends it back to the bowler. 28/0
  • 13.5 Floated on off, blocked out solidly.
  • 13.4 Short of a length ball outisde off, Prince moves in his crease and punches it through covers. The outfield is slow which makes it stop before the ropes. Lakmal chases after it and cleans it up. Three taken.
  • 13.3 Floated on middle, driven to long off for another run.
  • 13.2 Loopy delivery on off, Masvaure comes down the track and pushes it down to long on for a single.
  • 13.1 Flatter delivery on middle, worked to mid-wicket.
  • Drinks! It has been a sedate start from the Zimbabweans. The openers have played out the first hour safely and are looking solid. Sri Lanka have not bowled badly but they would have been happier if they had picked up a wicket or so. An interesting passage of play awaits.
  • 12.6 Full delivery on middle and leg, Kazusa defends it to mid on off the front foot. 23/0
  • 12.5 Good length ball on middle, Kasuza works it to the leg side for a single.
  • 12.4 Short of a length ball on middle and leg, Kazusa tucks it to backward square leg for a single.
  • 12.3 Good length ball on the pads, Masvaure works it to square leg.
  • 12.2 Length ball on middle, Prince defends it back to the bowler.
  • 12.1 Short ball outside off, Masvaure rocks on his back foot and punches it through the cover region for a couple.
  • Lahiru Kumara is into the attack.
  • 11.6 On middle, defended back to the bowler. 18/0
  • 11.5 Fullish delivery on middle and leg, Kasuza works it to mid-wicket.
  • There is some issue with the ball and Dimuth Karunaratne is having a discussion with the umpire.
  • 11.4 FOUR! Nicely played! Fullish delivery on middle, Kazusa stands and drives it straight past the bowler and into the long on fence.
  • 11.3 Flatter one on off, Kasuza defends it out to cover.
  • 11.2 Looped up ball on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 11.1 Full delivery on middle, Kevin pushes it down to mid on.
  • 10.6 On off, pushed towards mid off. 14/0
  • 10.5 On off, Prince prods forward and then defends it to cover.
  • 10.4 Good length ball outside off, Masvaure makes another leave.
  • 10.3 Fullish ball outside off, Masvaure lets it go to the keeper.
  • 10.2 Back of a length ball on middle, Prince stands tall and blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 10.1 Good length ball outside off, Masvaure shoulders arms to it.
  • 9.6 Flighted ball on middle, defended towards mid off. 14/0
  • 9.5 On middle, blocked out.
  • 9.4 Loopy delivery on off, Kasuza prods forward and defends it out.
  • 9.3 Floated on middle, pushed to mid off.
  • 9.2 Very full delivery on middle, Kevin digs it out safely.
  • 9.1 Embuldeniya starts with a floated ball on middle, Kevin defends it out.
  • First change! Lasith Embuldeniya is into the attack.
  • 8.6 Good length ball outside off, Prince shoulders arms to this one. 14/0
  • 8.5 Full delivery on off, Masvaure pushes it to defend.
  • 8.4 Good length delivery on middle, Prince works it to the leg side for a single.
  • 8.3 Back of a length ball on middle, Kevin rocks on his back foot to the bowler.
  • 8.2 Length ball outside off, Kasuza shoulders arms to it.
  • 8.1 Length ball outside off, Prince shoulders arms to this one.
  • 7.6 Full delivery on middle, Prince pushes it back to the bowler. 13/0
  • 7.5 Good length ball outside off, Masvaure punches it through the point region and before the fielder can come after it and clean it up, the batters take a couple.
  • 7.4 BOUNCER! It is bowled down the leg side, Prince ducks under it.
  • 7.3 Good length ball on off, Masvaure looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. There is a midl appeal for LBW but nothing from the umpire.
  • 7.2 Full delivery angling into the batsman, Masvaure watches the ball closely and then leaves it alone to the keeper.
  • 7.1 Length ball down the leg side, Masvaure shoulders arms to this one.
  • 6.6 Length ball on middle, Kasuza defends it out to the bowler. 11/0
  • 6.5 Finally Kazusa gets off the mark. Although, it is an unconvincing manner. Full delivery on off, Kazusa looks to defend but it takes the outside edge and goes through the gully region for a boundary.
  • 6.4 Fullish ball on middle, Prince tucks it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 6.3 Outside off, left alone by the batter.
  • 6.2 Length ball outside off, Masvaure lets it go to the keeper.
  • 6.1 PLAY AND A MISS! Good length ball outside off, Prince looks to punch it off the back foot but misses it altogether.
  • 5.6 Just short! Full delivery on off, Kasuza looks to defend off the front foot but it takes the outside edge and goes towards third slip where the fielder collects it on the bounce. 6/0
  • 5.5 Length ball on middle, Kasuza looks to flick but gets a leading edge towards point. No harm done.
  • 5.4 Good length ball outside off, Kevin lets the ball go to the keeper.
  • 5.3 Back of a length ball on middle, Masvaure flicks it to square leg for a single. 1st run after the first over.
  • 5.2 Short ball around middle and leg, Masvaure ducks under it.
  • 5.1 Rajitha comes around the wicket and bowls a good length ball on middle, Prince looks to defend but it takes the inside half of his bat and the ball goes towards square leg.
  • 4.6 Kasuza solidly defends this good length ball to mid off. 4 maidens in a row. 5/0
  • 4.5 Lakmal goes full on the fourth stump line, Kasuza shoulders arms to it.
  • 4.4 On off, Kasuza blocks it to the cover fielder.
  • 4.3 Fullish delivery outside off, Kasuza has no problems in leaving it alone.
  • 4.2 Length ball on off, Kevin prods forward and defends it to mid off.
  • 4.1 Short ball outside off, Kasuza lets it through to the keeper.
  • 3.6 Good length ball down the leg side, Prince looks to flick but misses. 5/0
  • 3.5 This time, Rajitha dishes a full length ball outside off, Masvaure shoulders arms to it.
  • 3.4 Good length ball angling into the batsman, Masvaure makes a good leave to the keeper.
  • 3.3 Outside off, Prince shoulders arms to this one.
  • 3.2 BOUNCER! It is bowled around middle, Masvaure ducks under it.
  • 3.1 Low full toss on off, Masvaure pushes it to the cover fielder.
  • 2.6 Good length ball outside off, Kasuza lets it go to the keeper. 5/0
  • 2.5 Full one on off, Kasuza goes on his front foot and defends it out to mid off.
  • 2.4 Well left! Full delivery swinging away. It invites Kasuza into the drive but the batter is not interested as he shoulders arms.
  • 2.3 Good length ball on off, Kasuza lunges forward and then defends it to the cover region.
  • 2.2 Outside off, left alone by Kasuza.
  • 2.1 Full delivery on middle, Kasuza defends it back to the bowler.
  • 1.6 Fullish delivery outside off, moving away from the batter. Masvaure shoulders arms to it. 5/0
  • 1.5 Full delivery on middle, Masvaure drives it crisply towards the bowler but Rajitha gets hit boot behind it. Saved a certain boundary.
  • 1.4 Fullish ball on middle, Masvaure defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 1.3 Rajitha bowls a length ball on off, Masvaure pushes it to mid off for nothing.
  • 1.2 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 1.1 Rajitha starts with a length ball outside off, Masvaure leaves it alone.
  • Kasun Rajitha will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Length ball outside off, left alone by the batter. 5/0
  • 0.5 On middle, whipped to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Nicely whipped! Good length ball on middle, Masvaure whips it to the fine leg region for the first boundary of the game.
  • 0.3 On middle, pushed to mid-wicket.
  • 0.2 Full delivery on middle, Masvaure pushes it to mid off.
  • 0.1 Good length ball on off, Masvaure defends it to the cover region.
  • We are all set to begin! Kevin Kasuza and Prince Masvaure make their way out to the middle to start the innings. Suranga Lakmal will start with the ball for the visitors.
  • The players are out there for their respective National Anthems.
  • Toss - Zimbabwe won the toss and they choose to bat first.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the first Test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe last played a Test in 2018 against Bangladesh which they lost by a huge margin. They are playing their first Test since suspension and they would want to start the new decade with a win. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, were defeated by Pakistan in Pakistan and comprehensively defeated by India as well. They would look to start the series in a dominating fashion. Will they be able to do it? Join us in a while.

Zimbabwe Vs Sri Lanka Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • So, it is confirmed that Prince Masvaure will have a new opening partner in Brian Mudzinganyama for Zimbabwe.
  • Now then, just under a session and a full day is what Zimbabwe will have to play out to save the Test. The wicket is still not bad but yes, it is misbehaving but just a little. They will be without their opener who showed a lot of promise in the first innings. Not sure who will be replacing him but everybody has to dig in. Around 17 overs left in the day, the hosts' first target will be to play this out unscathed or with minimal damage. The visitors on the other hand will be eager to get at least a couple of wickets in this final hour.
  • The Zimbabwe bowlers did not do a lot wrong! They bowled the correct lines and lengths but there was hardly any purchase for their seamers and spinners. Victor Nyauchi impressed a lot with a three-fer. Tiripano and Jarvis were also decent. Williams and Raza finished with five combined.
  • There were contributions from most of the Lankan batters like the openers got off to starts, Mendis missed out on a ton by around 20 runs, Dickwella and Dhananjaya de Silva scored half tons. However, it was Angelo Mathews who was the star for them with a double ton. It was him who anchored the innings and took the Lankans to a massive score.
  • The umpires have called for Drinks but guess what? SRI LANKA HAVE FINALLY DECLARED! So almost after two days of batting, the visitors' innings comes to an end. They have a massive lead of 157 and they have batted themselves into a position from where they can't lose the game.
  • 176.2 OUT! LBW! 9 down! Full ball on middle and leg, Rajitha goes for the sweep but he is way too early into the shot. He misses to get hit on the pads. Williams roars out an appeal and the umpire raises his finger.
  • 176.1 On the pads, it is worked towards fine leg.
  • 175.6 FOUR! DOUBLE TON! First one in Tests for Angelo Mathews. He has toiled really hard in this innings. He raises his bat and takes off his cap. The dressing room is up on its feet. Raza bowls a full ball on middle, Mathews sits down and sweeps. He finds the gap between deeps square leg and deep mid-wicket. The ball races to the fence. Top knock from Mathews and he now might look to go all guns blazing. 515/8
  • 175.5 On off, it is defended.
  • 175.4 Fired on middle, Mathews keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 175.3 Bowls a flighted one outside off, Rajitha looks to defend but the ball takes the thick outside edge and goes towards third man. A single taken and Mathews is back on strike.
  • 175.2 Full and around off again, Rajitha keeps it out.
  • 175.1 Full and outside off, Rajitha pushes it to the man at covers.
  • 174.6 A maiden! Mathews cannot farm the strike. Williams bowls this one flatter and outside off, Mathews pushes it towards cover off his back foot. Rajitha looks for the single but Mathews sends him back. He shows his disappointment by thumping the bat on his pads. 510/8
  • 174.5 Short and outside off, Mathews once again finds the point fielder.
  • 174.4 On off, Mathews keeps it out. 4th dot in the over.
  • 174.3 Short and outside off, Mathews cuts but finds the fielder
  • 174.2 Flatter and outside off, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 174.1 Short and outside off, Mathews looks to cut but misses.
  • Sean Williams is back on. 31-2-104-1 are his figures so far.
  • 173.6 Almost a hat-trick. For the hat-trick ball, Raza goes for the yorker on middle. He delivers it perfectly too but Rajitha does really well to get his bat down in time and block it out nicely. Two wickets in the over though. 510/8
  • Kasun Rajitha walks out to bat now. He will face the hat-trick ball from Sikandar Raza.
  • 173.5 OUT! Bowled! Two in two. Embuldeniya falls for a golden duck. Raza floats this one around off, Embuldeniya looks to defend but plays the wrong line and the ball goes behind to disturb the off pole. Raza on a hat-trick now.
  • Lasith Embuldeniya walks out to bat.
  • 173.4 OUT! Stumped! Brilliant stuff from Chakabva. Lakmal has to go. Very sharp work from the keeper. A full ball on leg, Lakmal looks to flick but misses. The ball goes through his legs and Chakabva behind grabs the ball nicely and whips the bails off in a flash. There is no need to go for the third umpire.
  • 173.3 Full and on middle, Mathews flicks it to long on for a run.
  • 173.2 Chance for run out there! A loopy ball outside off, Mathews pushes it towards covers. Lakmal from the non-striker's end takes off for the run but Mathews sends him back. The fielder there picks the ball and fires the throw at the non-striker's end but misses.
  • 173.1 Loopy ball around off, Mathews keeps it out.
  • Sikandar Raza comes onto bowl now. 14-0-56-1 are his figures so far.
  • 172.6 Another full ball around off, Lakmal comes forward and defends it. 509/6
  • 172.5 Length ball around off, it is defended.
  • 172.4 Beaten! A length ball outside off, Lakmal pokes at it but is beaten as the ball shapes a hint away. Jarvis cannot believe his luck.
  • 172.3 Full and on off, Mathews flick it wide of the mid-wicket fielder for a run. Moves to 195.
  • 172.2 Full and around off, Mathews comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 172.1 Back of a length ball on middle, Mathews pulls it to deep square leg and a couple of runs taken. The lead crosses 150 runs for Sri Lanka.
  • 171.6 SIX! He has got all of that! He comes down the track, gets to the pitch of it and tonks it over long on. 506/6
  • 171.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single. 500 comes up on the board for Sri Lanka.
  • 171.4 Shorter, it is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
  • 171.3 Eased down to long on for one.
  • 171.2 On middle, kept out.
  • 171.1 Edgy runs! Flatter and outside off, the batter looks to cut but it goes off the outside edge down towards third man for two.
  • 170.6 Full on off, driven towards long on for a single. 495/6
  • 170.5 Length ball around off, Mathews defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 170.4 On a good length and around off, Mathews defends it to covers.
  • 170.3 Just short! Fuller and around off, Mathews looks to go over mid off but does not get it off the middle. It goes on the bounce to the fielder there.
  • 170.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 170.1 On the pads, it is worked around the corner for one.
  • 169.6 Floated ball on off, Lakmal dances down the track and looks to go downtown but manages to get it towards long on for a single. 493/6
  • 169.5 Lakmal defends this full ball to the off side.
  • 169.4 Once again, Mathews works this full ball towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 169.3 Full on off, Lakmal flicks it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 169.2 Lakmal looks to defend it to the off side but the ball takes the inside edge and goes onto the pads.
  • 169.1 Tossed up on off, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.
  • Ainsley Ndlovu comes on now.
  • 168.6 Beaten again! This is brilliant stuff from Jarvis. He has been toiling hard without any luck. He bowls another length ball just outside off, Lakmal without any feet movement looks to drive but misses. 489/6
  • 168.5 Full ball outside off, Lakmal looks to drive but misses. Lucky not to get an edge on that one.
  • 168.4 Short ball outside off, Mathews pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 168.3 Length ball on off, Mathews comes forward and defends it nicely.
  • 168.2 Down the leg side, Mathews looks to flick but misses. That wasn't too far from the leg pole.
  • 168.1 Length ball outside off, Lakmal cuts it to deep point for a run.
  • Kyle Jarvis comes on now. 34-12-77-0 are his figures so far.
  • 167.6 Full ball on middle, Mathews flicks it but the man at mid-wicket makes an excellent stop with a dive to his left. 487/6
  • 167.5 Loopy ball on middle and leg, Lakmal looks to loft it over long on but mistimes it. He does not make a clean connection and the ball goes to long on for a single.
  • 167.4 On off, Lakmal keeps it out.
  • 167.3 Full and down the leg side, Lakmal flicks it to fine leg for a couple of runs.
  • 167.2 Flatter one on middle, Mathews tucks it towards square leg with gentle hands and they steal another single.
  • 167.1 Shortish ball outside off, Lakmal punches it towards cover-point and a single is taken.
  • 166.6 Full ball on middle, it is pushed back to the bowler. 482/6
  • 166.5 Length ball on off, it is pushed towards covers.
  • 166.4 Landed on middle on a length, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 166.3 Shortish length around off, it is defended.
  • 166.2 SIX! Tonked! Brilliantly timed! Length ball around off, Mathews just lofts the ball over mid on and it sails over the long on fence.
  • 166.1 Full ball on middle, it is flicked to long on for a run.
  • 165.6 Around off on a length, Mathews keeps it out. 475/6
  • 165.5 Full and on middle, Mathews this time finds the mid on fielder to his push.
  • 165.4 Short and outside off, Mathews cuts but straight to the man at point.
  • 165.3 Shortish and on middle, Lakmal stays on the back foot and pushes it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 165.2 Slightly shortish and around off, Lakmal looks to cut but under edges it towards the keeper.
  • 165.1 Flatter one around off, Lamkal comes forward and pushes it to the man at cover.
  • 164.6 Short and outside off, Lakmal pulls it to deep square leg for a run. Just 2 from the over. 474/6
  • 164.5 Full and around off again, it is defended.
  • 164.4 Slightly short and around off and middle, it is angled into the batter. Lakmal does well to block it off the back foot.
  • 164.3 Full and around off, Lakmal keeps it out coming forward.
  • 164.2 Back of a length ball on middle, Mathews pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 164.1 Full ball around off from Tiripano, Mathews drives it to mid off.
  • Donald Tiripano to start from the other end.
  • 163.6 Flatter and around off, Lakmal keeps it out. 472/6
  • 163.5 Fires it full and on middle, Lakmal looks to defend but the ball takes an outside edge and hits the keeper low on the pads.
  • 163.4 Full and on off, it is defended.
  • 163.3 SIX! Hammered! This should confirm the way the Sri Lankans will bat in this session. A flighted ball around off, Lakmal skips down the track and slams it over long off for a biggie.
  • 163.2 Around off again, it is defended.
  • 163.1 Williams floats the first ball around off and on a fuller length, Lakamal keeps it out.
  • We are back for the final session of Day 4. The Zimbabwe players are out on the field and are followed by Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal. Sean Williams will start the session with the ball.
  • ... Day 4, Final session ...
  • A better session for us viewers! Sri Lanka did show a little intent of scoring quickly! 96 runs is what they managed to hit in this session and have stretched their lead to a little over a 100. They did lose Dickwella once he got to his fifty but Mathews is still out there. It will be interesting to see how many more runs will Sri Lanka want to score, when will they declare? Too many questions and we would probably get the answers in the next session.
  • 162.6 Another full ball around off, Mathews defends it out. THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 4! 466/6
  • 162.5 Full and outside off, Lakmal pushes it towards covers where the fielder misfields and a run is taken.
  • 162.4 Very full ball on off, Lakmal keeps it out.
  • 162.3 Around off, Mathews pushes it towards covers and takes a run.
  • 162.2 Floated on off and middle, Mathews defends it out.
  • 162.1 On the pads, this is tucked towards square leg.
  • 161.6 Full and around off, Lakmal keeps it out lunging forward. 464/6
  • 161.5 Short and outside off, Lakmal looks to cut but his misses.
  • 161.4 Quicker and shorter outside off, Lakmal looks to drive but mistimes it towrds mid on.
  • 161.3 Another very full ball on middle, it is defended.
  • 161.2 Full and on middle this time, Mathews strokes it to long on for a single.
  • 161.1 Full and on off, it is defended.
  • Sean Williams is back on. 27-2-91-1 his figures so far.
  • 160.6 Lakmal works this tossed up ball through mid-wicket and takes a couple as the fielder in the deep mops it up. 463/6
  • 160.5 Once again Lakmal is happy to defend this off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 160.4 Full on the pads, Lakmal defends it off the front foot.
  • Suranga Lakmal walks in next.
  • 160.3 OUT! LBW! A wicket finally as the partnership is broken. Dickwella falls playing the shot he has been playing all day today. He goes for the sweep on this full ball but is way early into the shot as the ball beats him to rap him on the pads. As soon as the ball hits the pad, the bowler goes up in appeal and later the team joins in. The umpire takes his time and finally raises the finger. So another wicket goes down for Sri Lanka but they continue to steer their innings in the same old way.
  • 160.2 Mathews tucks this full ball towards short fine leg and takes off for a quick single. The fielder there has a shy at the striker's end but misses it. A run in the end.
  • 160.1 Tossed up on off, Mathews taps it to mid on.
  • 159.6 Once again fired up on the pads, Mathews works it to mid-wicket for a run. 460/5
  • 159.5 Full on the pads, Dickwella works it to the leg side for a single.
  • 159.4 Sri Lanka lead by 100! Dickwella drives this full ball through covers but the ball has no legs to reach the fence and the batsmen take a couple.
  • 159.3 Full on off, Mathews taps it to point for a single.
  • BREAKING - Kevin Kasuza who had been hit on the head while fielding will take no further part in this game due to concussion. Zimbabwe are yet to announce a replacement for him.
  • 159.2 Fired up on middle, Mathews drives it to mid on.
  • 159.1 Tossed up on the pads, Dickwella tucks it to square leg for a single.
  • 158.6 Dickwella pushes this tossed up ball through mid on for a single. 454/5
  • 158.5 Full on middle and leg, Dickwella pushes it to mid on.
  • 158.4 Dickwella plays the sweep but cannot pierce the field at square leg.
  • 158.3 Dickwella drives this full ball towards mid off.
  • 158.2 Mathews works this full ball towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 158.1 Tossed up around middle and leg, Mathews drives it to mid on.
  • 157.6 Dickwella once again comes down the track and drives this full ball towards long on and takes a couple. 452/5
  • 157.5 Mathews punches this full ball through covers and gets to the other end.
  • 157.4 Niroshan drives this tossed up ball to long on for a single.
  • 157.3 Dickwella plays the sweep again but finds the man at square leg.
  • 157.2 Full on middle, driven to mid on.
  • 157.1 FOUR! Played with authority there. Dickwella sweeps this full ball through square leg and the ball meets the fence in no time. The fielders there are mere spectators.
  • 156.6 Full and on middle, Mathews flicks but finds mid-wicket. 444/5
  • 156.5 On middle, Dickwella works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 156.4 Flighted ball on off, Dickwella comes forward and pushes it to the man at covers.
  • 156.3 Full and around off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 156.2 FIFTY UP FOR DICKWELLA! His 15th in Tests. Full down the leg side, Dickwella sweeps it to fine leg and bags a brace. He will now look to take on the bowlers and score quick runs before the Tea break.
  • 156.1 Fired on middle, Mathews tucks it towards squre leg and takes a run,
  • Sikandar Raza is back on.
  • 155.6 Tossed up on off, Mathews pushes it through covers for a single. 440/5
  • 155.5 FOUR! Mathews gets a boundary courtesy of the fielder there. Mathews cuts this short one off the the back foot past point. The fielder from point gives the chase and is able to save a run for his team. Hold on, He gathers the ball while still his feet is over the ropes. The umpire goes upstairs to confirm and then signals it as a boundary.
  • 155.4 Defended off the front foot to the off side.
  • 155.3 Full on middle, Dickwella sweeps to get a top edge towards fine leg. The batsmen take a single.
  • 155.2 This time he drives this tossed up ball to mid on.
  • 155.1 Dickwella defends this tossed up ball towards the off side.
  • 154.6 Defended off the front foot with full face of the bat. 434/5
  • 154.5 FOUR! Exquisite timing on it. Mathews is oozing class here. He drives this full ball outside off through covers as the ball meets the rope at the boundary.
  • 154.4 Length ball on off, Mathews looks to tuck it to the leg side but gets an outside edge and the ball rolls towards point.
  • 154.3 Full on the pads, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 154.2 Mathews again goes back to his tried and tested formula of defending the length ball off the back foot.
  • 154.1 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 153.6 Mathews prods forward and defends this one off the front foot. 429/5
  • 153.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 153.4 Floated ball on off, driven through the cover region for a single.
  • 153.3 Niroshan comes down the ground and plays this ball back towards the bowler.
  • 153.2 Another flatter delivery is played towards the man at mid on.
  • 153.1 Flatter delivery on middle, played towards mid on.
  • 152.6 Full and around off, it is defended. 8 from the over. 428/5
  • 152.5 Full and around off, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 152.4 Shortish ball around off, Mathews taps it towards point.
  • 152.3 Full ball around off, this time Mathews pushes it to the man at mid off.
  • 152.2 FOUR! Have Sri Lanka finally upped the ante here? Mathews once again drives this length ball through covers and the ball races to the fence in no time. 100-run stand is up between the two Lankan batsmen and now one would assume that they will look to shift gears.
  • 152.1 FOUR! Nyauchi overpitches and Mathews takes full advantage of it. He drives this fuller one through covers and the ball goes for a boundary.
  • 151.6 Quick single! Fires it outside off on a fuller length, pushed towards point and a run is taken. 420/5
  • 151.5 Loppy ball around off, Mathews comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 151.4 Quicker one on middle, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 151.3 On middle, it is defended.
  • 151.2 Full and just outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 151.1 Flighted fuller ball around off, Mathews comes forward and keeps it out.
  • Ainsley Ndlovu is back on. 21-3-70-0 from him so far.
  • 150.6 Full once again, this time Dickwella drives it straight towards mid off. 419/5
  • 150.5 DROPPED! A chance goes abegging here as Craig Ervine drops one at cover. Dickwella drives this full ball towards covers but fails to keep it down. The ball goes uppishly and in a flash towards Ervine at short cover. He goes for the catch but fails to hold onto it as the ball pops out of his hands. Unlucky for the bowler there. Dickwella gets a life. Can he make the most of it?
  • 150.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 150.3 Good length and on off, Dickwella drives it to covers.
  • 150.2 Back of a length and outside off, Dickwella defends it towards covers off the back foot.
  • 150.1 Length ball on off, Dickwella defends it off the front foot.
  • Victor Nyauchi returns. 29-6-56-3 are his numbers so far.
  • 149.6 Flatter on off, Mathews punches it to the off side off the back foot. 419/5
  • 149.5 Full on the pads, Mathews tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 149.4 Mathews once again plays it off the front foot towards mid on.
  • 149.3 Mathews plays this one towards point and looks for a run but is sent back in time by Dickwella.
  • 149.2 Full and on middle, Dickwella drives it towards mid on for a run.
  • 149.1 FOUR! Shorter in length and outside off, Dickwella rocks on the back foot and cuts it powerfully past point for a boundary.
  • Drinks!
  • 148.6 Mathews sees off the over once again with a solid front foot defense. 414/5
  • 148.5 Once again Mathews is solid in defense on this length ball outside off.
  • 148.4 Mathews does what he has been doing all day. He blocks this fuller one off the front foot.
  • 148.3 Mathews once again looks to go for the drive but misses it as the ball goes past the outside edge.
  • 148.2 EDGED AND FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Mathews goes for an expansive drive but manages to get a thick outside edge on it. The ball flies between the first slip and the fielder at point and meets the fence at third man. That also brings up the 150 for the fighting Mathews.
  • 148.1 Length ball outside off, Mathews taps it towards the bowler.
  • 147.6 Mathews works this full ball off his pads towards mid-wicket for a single. 410/5
  • 147.5 Mathews tucks this full ball off his pads to the leg side.
  • 147.4 Dickwella drives this tossed up ball past mid on for a single.
  • 147.3 Tossed up on middle, Dickwella defends it solidly.
  • 147.2 Full on the pads, Mathews tucks it past mid-wicket for a run. With this the Sri Lankan lead also reaches 50!
  • 147.1 Flatter on middle and leg, Mathews works it to short fine leg.
  • 146.6 Mathews drives this full ball towards mid on and takes a quick single. 407/5
  • 146.5 Dickwella opens the face of the bat and steers this length ball outside off past point. A run added to the total.
  • 146.4 Length delivery outside off, Dickwella taps it to point.
  • 146.3 Length ball on off, defended to covers off the front foot.
  • 146.2 Fuller one on off, Dickwella drives it to mid on.
  • 146.1 Short ball on middle, Mathews pulls it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 145.6 Flatter and on off, Dickwella cuts it to point. 404/5
  • 145.5 Dickwella drives it to the left of the bowler who fields it in his followthrough.
  • 145.4 Full ball on the pads, Dickwella sweeps it to find short fine leg.
  • 145.3 Flatter and outside off, Dickwella steers it past point for a couple.
  • 145.2 Full and on off, defended off the front foot by Dickwella.
  • 145.1 Floated on off, Dickwella looks to go for the cut but the ball bounces a bit more to beat the outside edge. The keeper too fails to gather it cleanly.
  • Sikandar Raza is back on. 7-0-35-0 from him so far.
  • 144.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 402/5
  • 144.5 Full ball just around off, defended solidly.
  • 144.4 Good length ball just outside off, driven towards the man at mid off.
  • 144.3 Length ball outside off, played towards the point region for a single.
  • 144.2 Full ball on off, played towards the man at mid on.
  • 144.1 Length ball on off, defended towards the off side.
  • 143.6 FOUR! Wonderful! Finally it looks like Sri Lanka have decided to kick-on. Floated delivery on off, Mathews lofts this one over the cover region for a boundary. 11 runs come off the over. 400 runs also come up for Sri Lanka! 401/5
  • 143.5 Tossed up delivery on middle, pushed towards mid off.
  • 143.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 143.3 Flatter delivery outside off, Dickwella cuts through the gap at point. The ball does not have the legs to cross the ropes and the batters take three as the fielder mops it up.
  • 143.2 On the pads, tickled fine down the leg side and the batters take three as the fielder mops it up.
  • 143.1 Floated on middle, pushed down towards mid on for a single.
  • 142.6 On off, defended solidly towards the cover-point region. 390/5
  • 142.5 Down the leg side, Mathews looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 142.4 Full ball on middle, defended out.
  • 142.3 Good length ball on middle, defended back towards the bowlers.
  • 142.2 Length ball on off, played towards point for a single.
  • 142.1 Beautiful! Full delivery wide outside off, Dickwella creams it through the cover region but gets just a couple due to the slow outfield.
  • Donald Tiripano is back on. 25-3-62-1 from him so far.
  • 141.6 Mathews plays it towards the man at mid on again. The game going at a snail's pace. 387/5
  • 141.5 Floated delivery on middle, played towards the fielder at silly mid on.
  • 141.4 On off, blocked out.
  • 141.3 Dickwella flicks this floated ball on the pads towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 141.2 On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 141.1 Shortish ball on middle, played towards long on.
  • 140.6 Length ball outside off again, Mathews plays it towards point for a single. 385/5
  • 140.5 Length ball on off, Mathews plays it towards the man at short cover where he dives and makes the stop.
  • 140.4 Good length ball outside off, Mathews looks to punch but the ball goes off the inside edge and onto the pitch.
  • 140.3 Similar delivery, pushed to the man at mid off this time.
  • 140.2 Fuller ball on off, pushed towards the man at cover.
  • 140.1 Outside off, played towards cover.
  • 139.6 Floated ball on middle and leg, Dickwella sweeps it fine down the leg side for a couple. 384/5
  • 139.5 On the pads of Niroshan, he flicks it towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 139.4 On the pads, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 139.3 Floated on middle now, pushed towards the man at mid on.
  • 139.2 Another quicker and shorter delivery on middle, Mathews plays it towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 139.1 Williams bowls a flatter delivery just outside off, defended towards the off side.
  • 138.6 Another full ball, angling into Dickwella, he defends it towards the off side. 381/5
  • 138.5 Fuller ball on off, pushed towards the man at cover.
  • 138.4 Good length ball around the middle and off pole line, defended towards the man at mid on.
  • 138.3 Length ball just outside off, defended towards the man at cover.
  • 138.2 Length ball on middle, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 138.1 Full ball on off, driven towards the man at mid off.
  • 137.6 Williams drags his length back on middle, Mathews goes onto the back foot and defends. 381/5
  • 137.5 On off, blocked out.
  • 137.4 Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Mathews defends.
  • 137.3 On the pads of Mathews, he works it down the leg side.
  • 137.2 Floated on middle and leg, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 137.1 Down the leg side, Dickwella paddles it fine down the leg side for a single.
  • 136.6 Back of a length ball on middle, pulled towards square leg for a single. 380/5
  • 136.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 136.4 Full ball on off, defended towards cover. This match has started to look like a practice match for Sri Lanka as they continue to defend and play without any intent.
  • 136.3 Another length ball just outside off, played towards the man at gully.
  • 136.2 Good comeback by Jarvis as he bowls a length ball around the off pole line. Dickwella stands tall and defends.
  • 136.1 FOUR! Well played! Bouncer on the off side, it is a slower one. Dickwella just opens the face of his bat and guides this one over the slip cordon and the ball trudges into the third man fence.
  • 135.6 Loopy delivery around off, Mathews defends off the front foot. 375/5
  • 135.5 Floated on off, pushed to the man at mid off.
  • 135.4 On the pads now, Dickwella flicks it towards square leg for a single. With this single, the 50-run stand comes up between Dickwella and Mathews. They need to up the run-rate now.
  • 135.3 Williams drags his length back and Dickwella punches this off the back foot towards cover.
  • 135.2 On off, Dickwella prods forward and defends.
  • 135.1 Floated on middle and off, defended by Dickwella.
  • Sean Williams to bowl from the other end. 22-2-73-1, his figures so far.
  • 134.6 Length ball on middle, punched back towards the bowler. The man from mid on runs to his left and cuts it off. 374/5
  • 134.5 Good length ball on off, played towards the man at point for one.
  • 134.4 Back of a length ball on middle, pulled towards the man at square leg for one.
  • 134.3 Length ball on middle and off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 134.2 Full ball on off, driven towards the man at mid off.
  • 134.1 Edgy start to the session! Jarvis bowls a full ball on off, swinging away from Mathews.. Angelo goes for the drive but the ball goes off the outside edge through the empty point region and the batters take a couple.
  • We are back for the afternoon session. The two Lankan batters, Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella walk out to the middle. The Zimbabwe players are out in the middle already. Kyle Jarvis to start with the ball in this session as well.
  • ... Day 4, Session 2 ...
  • Another session which went along at a snail's pace. Sri Lanka did manage to get the lead but once again they did not show a lot of intent to score quickly. Mathews despite getting to his ton has gone along slowly. Dhananjaya de Silva did try to up the ante after getting to his half ton but perished. However, Sri Lanka will probably be thinking to come out after Lunch and then give it a go. It will be interesting to see their approach after the break. Zimbabwe on the other hand, need to continue what they are doing now, that is keeping it tight. Join us in a while for the afternoon session.
  • 133.6 Floated on middle, Dickwella keeps it out off the back foot. That will be LUNCH ON DAY 4! 370/5
  • 133.5 Full outside off, Mathews punches the ball past mid off and gets to the other end.
  • 133.4 Flatter on off, Mathews punches the ball off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 133.3 Floated on middle, Dickwella flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 133.2 Flatter and on middle, Mathews works it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 133.1 Tossed up ball on off, Mathews defends it solidly off the front foot.
  • 132.6 Full on the leg stump, Dickwella paddles it fine down the leg side for a couple. 367/5
  • 132.5 Full and on off, Dickwella punches it to mid off.
  • 132.4 Full and on the pads, Dickwella tucks it to square leg.
  • 132.3 Full and on off, Dickwella taps it to point.
  • 132.2 Flatter on middle, Mathews punches it off the back foot towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 132.1 Tossed up on middle, Mathews tucks it to square leg.
  • 131.6 Floated on off, pushed towards the man at cover for a single. Mathews will retain strike for the next over. 364/5
  • 131.5 Loopy on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 131.4 On middle, flicked towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 131.3 On off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 131.2 Tossed up on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 131.1 Floated ball on the middle, worked towards mid-wicket for one.
  • Sean Williams to bowl now. 20-2-67-1 are his figures so far.
  • 130.6 Short and around off, defended. 361/5
  • 130.5 On middle, it is defended towards the leg side.
  • 130.4 Loopy ball on middle, Mathews tucks it towards short fine leg for a single.
  • 130.3 Fires it on the pads, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 130.2 Short and around off, Dickwella pushes it towards cover for a run.
  • 130.1 Flatter ball outside off, Dickwella guides it late towards third man and picks a couple. With this, Sri Lanka have now taken the lead. How much will they be able to swell the lead from here?
  • Sikandar Raza comes into the attack for the first time on Day 4. 5-0-28-0 from him so far.
  • 129.6 Full and on off, Mathews drives it straight to mid on. 357/5
  • 129.5 FOUR! Flatter and shorter outside off, Mathews punches this through point and the ball races to the fence for a boundary.
  • 129.4 Tossed up on off, Dickwella works it towards square leg and gets to the other end.
  • 129.3 Floated on middle, Dickwella flicks it to find mid-wicket.
  • 129.2 Dickwella premeditates the reverse sweep off the full ball but finds short third man.
  • 129.1 Mathews taps one towards point and takes a single.
  • 128.6 Full and on off, Mathews drives only to get an inside edge past the stumps. The ball rolls towards fine leg for a single. 351/5
  • 128.5 Once again Mathews drives this length ball but straight to covers.
  • 128.4 Mathews this time plays a free-flowing drive off this full ball but finds the fielder at covers to perfection.
  • 128.3 Mathews punches this full ball off the back foot to covers.
  • 128.2 Full and on the pads, Dickwella flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 128.1 Length and on off, Dickwella defends it to covers off the front foot.
  • 127.6 Full on middle, Mathews drives it to mid on. 349/5
  • 127.5 Flatter and on off, Mathews goes for the cut. But there is no room for it and he manages an inside edge which bounces in front of the stumps and then bounces over it. Lucky for Mathews that he did not chop that one onto the stumps.
  • 127.4 This time Mathews punches this full ball towards covers.
  • 127.3 Dickwella drives it towards covers for a run.
  • 127.2 Full and on the pads, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 127.1 Tossed up on off, Dickwella pushes it off the back foot towards long on for a single.
  • 126.6 Once again full and on off, Mathews defends it to silly mid on. 346/5
  • 126.5 FOUR! Nyauchi in search of a yorker dishes out a full ball on the pads. Mathews adjusts well and drives it straight down the ground. The ball races to the fence at long on for a boundary.
  • 126.4 On a length and on off, Mathews defends it to covers off the front foot.
  • 126.3 Length and in the channel of uncertainty. Mathews has a feel for it but luckily the ball goes past the outside edge.
  • 126.2 On a good length and on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot towards mid on.
  • 126.1 Length ball outside off, Mathews lets it be.
  • 125.6 Dickwella once again punches this full ball towards mid-wicket. 342/5
  • 125.5 Dickwella defends this full ball towards mid on.
  • 125.4 Full on the pads, Mathews drives this through mid on for a run.
  • 125.3 Flighted on off, Mathews drives this to mid off.
  • 125.2 Once again floated on off, Mathews pushes it to covers.
  • 125.1 Tossed up on off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 124.6 Once again on a length and Dickwella punches it to covers. 341/5
  • 124.5 Full and on off, driven to mid off.
  • 124.4 Full on off, defended to covers.
  • 124.3 Full and on the pads, Dickwella looks to flick it off his pads but fails to lay bat on ball. The ball raps him on the pads and the bowler goes up in appeal but nothing from the umpire.
  • 124.2 Mathews punches this length ball outside off through covers for a single.
  • 124.1 Full ball on off, Mathews punches the ball back to the bowler.
  • 123.6 Full and on off, Dickwella defends it off the back foot. 340/5
  • 123.5 Once again floated on off, Mathews pushes it through covers for a single.
  • 123.4 Mathews punches this flatter one down the ground for a single.
  • 123.3 Full on off, Dickwella paddles it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 123.2 Another tossed up ball on off, Mathews punches it through covers for a run.
  • 123.1 DROPPED! Mathews given a life. Flighted on off, Mathews looks to cut this off the back foot but there is no room for this shot. Still he goes for it and gets an outside edge. The ball hits the outer part of the glove of Chakabva and then drops onto the ground. Not an easy chance, he had to react really quickly which he could not.
  • 122.6 On off, played towards the man at point. 337/5
  • 122.5 On middle, pushed towards the man at mid on.
  • 122.4 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 122.3 Full ball on off, Mathews has played that one towards mid off but it goes uppishly. However, it falls short of the man there.
  • 122.2 Closer to the off pole line, defended onto the pitch now.
  • 122.1 Good length ball on the off side, defended.
  • 121.6 Shortish one around off, this is pushed towards mid-wicket off the back foot. 336/5
  • 121.5 Fires it outside off on a fuller length, Dickwell looks to sweep but misses.
  • 121.4 On middle, it is tucked towards mid-wicket.
  • 121.3 Full and on off, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 121.2 A run off a misfield. Mathews punches this full ball past the the bowler. The fielder, Sean Williams comes around from mid off to field the ball but he misfields. The ball goes wide of him. He recovers well to gather the ball and throws the ball blindly towards the bowler's end. The batsmen have taken off for a run and in the process Mathews loses his bat. The ball also misses the stumps and Mathews makes it easily inside the crease.
  • 121.1 Tossed up on off, Dickwella punches it down the ground towards long on for a run.
  • 120.6 An absolute jaffa to end the over! Mathews is a lucky man. A length ball around off, it spits off the surface as Mathews looks to defend. The ball bounces extra and goes past the outside edge. 334/5
  • 120.5 Full again and on middle for the right-hander. Mathews pushes it to mid on.
  • 120.4 Driven nicely and three taken! Very good shot but once again the outfield costs Sri Lanka a run. That should've been gone to the fence on any other ground. A very full ball outside off, Dickwella leans into the drive and creams it through the covers. The ball races towards the fence but eventually stops well before the ropes.
  • 120.3 Fuller and around off, Dickwella keeps it out lunging forward.
  • 120.2 Length ball around off, it is defended.
  • 120.1 Good length ball around off, Dickwella taps it towards point.
  • 119.6 Full and on middle, it is pushed towards mid off. 331/5
  • 119.5 Flighted and around off, it is defended.
  • 119.4 Quicker and shorter, Mathews cuts again but it is straight to the fielder again.
  • 119.3 Flatter and around off, defended towards the off side.
  • 119.2 Full and on middle, it is pushed back to the bowler.
  • 119.1 Short and just outside off, Mathews cuts but straight to point.
  • DRINKS! 36 runs have come in the first hour of play on Day 4 for Sri Lanka but they have lost Dhananjaya de Silva in the process. The good thing for the Lankan Lions is that Angelo Mathews is still there after reaching his ton and the visitors would want that he can take the visitors to a commanding position. The Zimbabwe bowlers would be happy with their efforts and will now be looking to take more wickets after the dismissal of de Silva. Can they do it? Ndlovu to start proceedings after the mini-break!
  • 118.6 Full ball outside off, Dickwella creams the drive but it goes straight to the man at cover-point. 331/5
  • 118.5 Full and around off, pushed to mid off.
  • 118.4 Shortish and around off, Dickwella taps it towards the off side.
  • 118.3 Flicked nicely! A full ball on middle, Mathews whips it towards wide of long on. The outfield is very slow and hence it cannot reach to the fence. Three taken.
  • 118.2 Length ball outside off, this time Mathews shoulders arms.
  • 118.1 Full ball just outside off, pushed to mid off.
  • 117.6 Short and on off again, Mathews plays is to long off for a run. 328/5
  • 117.5 Full ball outside off, Dickwella sweeps it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 117.4 Quicker one on middle, Dickwella pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 117.3 Full and around off, it is defended.
  • 117.2 Another short ball outside off, this time Mathews goes back and punches it to deep cover for a single.
  • 117.1 Flatter and shorter one on middle, it is pushed back to the bowler.
  • Ainsley Ndlovu is on now. 14-2-52-0 from him so far.
  • 116.6 Another full ball on the pads, Dickwella flicks it to the man at mid-wicket. 325/5
  • 116.5 Full and on middle, Niroshan flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 116.4 Another full ball on off, Dickwella defends it to mid on.
  • 116.3 Full and on off, Dickwella taps it to mid on.
  • Niroshan Dickwella walks in to bat.
  • 116.2 OUT! CAUGHT! Nyauchi has done it again for his team. He was called to break this stand and he delivers. De Silva would be disappointed. Victor bowls a full ball on off and de Silva looks to go downtown but he can only manage to chip it to the man at mid on where Prince takes the easiest of catches. The 98-run stand is finally broken and Zimbabwe would be happy to finally see the back of de Silva.
  • 116.1 FOUR! Full and outside off, de Silva latches onto it as he drives it uppishly through covers. The ball goes towards the deep cover fence for a boundary.
  • Victor Nyauchi is on! He has two wickets so far, Zimbabwe would love for him to take another.
  • 115.6 Good length and on off, de Silva punches it off the back foot. The batsmen take a single. 321/4
  • 115.5 Back of a length and on off, Mathews pulls it past the man at forward short leg for a couple.
  • 115.4 Full and angled into the pads, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 115.3 Full and once again on off, Mathews defends it off the inside half of his bat to the leg side.
  • 115.2 Full and on off, driven straight towards mid on.
  • 115.1 Shorter and around off, this is pushed towards mid on.
  • 114.6 100 for Angelo Mathews! A knock played with a lot of patience. His 10th in this format. Off comes the helmet and up the bat is raised. Soaks in the applause from the crowd and his teammates. He gets there by working this ball on middle towards square leg for one. Milestone reached, he would probably look to up the ante now. 317/4
  • 114.5 A little too straight, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
  • 114.4 Good length and on off, de Silva stays back and keeps it out nicely.
  • 114.3 Shortish again and on middle, this is pulled through square leg for one. He moves onto 99.
  • 114.2 Shorter and on middle, de Silva pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 114.1 Fuller and on off, de Silva strokes it to mid off.
  • 113.6 On middle, it straightens a touch. Mathews looks to work it on the leg side but it goes off a soft leading edge towards covers. 313/4
  • 113.5 A single as de Silva works it through square leg.
  • 113.4 Fuller in length and on middle, this is worked towards mid on.
  • 113.3 Outside off, de Silva throws his bat at it away from the body but gets an inside edge towards the left of the keeper.
  • 113.2 Shorter and around off, de Silva guides it to the man at gully.
  • 113.1 This is angled into the batter, de Silva stays back and keeps it out.
  • 112.6 Very full ball on middle, Mathews strokes it to mid on. 312/4
  • 112.5 A play and a miss! This is nice line and length from Jarvis. He bowls it just outside off and makes Mathews play at it. However, as Mathews looks to drive, the ball shapes away and beats the outside edge.
  • 112.4 Loud appeal for caught behind but the umpire is not keen on it. Jarvis bowls a back of a length ball on middle, Mathews goes for the pull but misses it to get hit on the helmet. The ball lobs towards the leg side where the keeper takes the catch and goes up in appeal. The umpire is not interested. Jarvis cannot believe it as he seems there was clearly bat involved. Replays later on roll in and with limited technology options, it is very inconclusive.
  • 112.3 Back of a length ball on off, de Silva pulls it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 112.2 Good length and outside off, de Silva is happy to let that go.
  • 112.1 Length ball on the pads, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
  • 111.6 On a length and on off, de Silva drives it to mid on. 310/4
  • 111.5 Full and on the pads, Angelo flicks it towards mid-wicket where the fielder makes a half stop and the ball rolls towards mid on. As it rolls towards that side, Mathews takes off for the single. However, de Silva is not ball watching. But once he sees Mathews, he responds and takes off. The fielder gets to the ball and fires the throw at the striker's end but misses. Would not have mattered as Mathews was home.
  • 111.4 An appeal of LBW but the umpire stays putt. Tiripano bowls one on a fuller length and brings the ball into Mathews, Angelo there makes the leave but gets rapped on the pads. The bowler appeals loudly but the umpire is unmoved. Maybe the ball was going over the stumps and that is why the umpire has given it not out.
  • 111.3 Once again on a length and outside off, Mathews lets it be.
  • 111.2 Length ball outside off, Mathews is happy to let that go.
  • 111.1 Full and on the pads, Mathews flicks it past mid on. The fielder there gives the chase and the batsmen in the mean time take a couple.
  • 110.6 Length ball wide outside off, Dhananjaya looks to cut at this one but the ball whizzes past his outside edge. 307/4
  • 110.5 Almost carried that one! Good length ball outside off, de Silva has a poke at it and the ball goes off the outside edge towards the man at first slip but falls just short. Jarvis is frustrated as he finally finds an edge but it does not carry.
  • 110.4 On off again, punched towards the off side.
  • 110.3 Length ball outside off, played towards point.
  • 110.2 Outside off, de Silva does not fiddle with it.
  • 110.1 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 109.6 Bouncer on middle and off, Mathews stands tall and mistimes his pull a bit. The ball goes uppishly towards wide long on and the batters take a couple. 307/4
  • 109.5 Full ball on off, played towards the off side.
  • 109.4 Good length ball on the off pole line, defended towards the mid on region.
  • 109.3 On off, played towards the man at cover.
  • 109.2 Good length ball on middle, worked towards the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 109.1 Length ball just outside off, dabbed towards the off side.
  • 108.6 Fuller this time, de Silva pushes this one towards the man at cover. 305/4
  • 108.5 Similar delivery, left alone again.
  • 108.4 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 108.3 On off, played towards the man at cover-point.
  • 108.2 Good length ball on middle, pushed towards mid off.
  • 108.1 Too straight from Jarvis, de Silva picks it from just around middle and flicks it towards mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 107.6 On a good length and on off, Mathews defends it off the back foot to the off side. 303/4
  • 107.5 Back of a length ball on middle and leg, de Silva looks to go for the pull but gets it off his glove. The batsmen take a single. That also brings up the 6th Test fifty for Dhanajaya de Sliva. A fine knock from him. Can he convert this into a ton?
  • 107.4 Length and on off, defended to the off side.
  • 107.3 Tiripano strays one down the leg side. De Silva looks to flick it but misses it. The keeper dives to his left and takes a good grab.
  • 107.2 Length ball on off, de Silva defends with a forward block to the off side.
  • 107.1 Full and on off, de Silva defends it towards the leg side.
  • Donald Tiripano to bowl from the other end. 20-3-51-1 from him so far.
  • 106.6 Back of a length ball on off, de Silva opens the face of the bat and runs it down towards the third man region. There is no one manning that region and the batsmen take three. 300 also comes up for Sri Lanka. 302/4
  • 106.5 Length delivery and on off, punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 106.4 Length ball around off, de Silva taps it to point and looks for a non-existent run. He is sent back.
  • 106.3 On a good length and outside off, de Silva lets it be. The ball also keeps low as the keeper takes it.
  • 106.2 This is shortish and outside off, de Silva lets it be.
  • 106.1 EDGY FOUR! Lucky runs to start the day for Sri Lanka. Jarvis dishes a full ball just around off, de Silva takes a couple of steps forward and then looks to defend. However, the ball takes the thick outside edge and races away to the third man fence, past the first slip fielder for a boundary.
  • The Zimbabwe players are out in the middle and are taking their fielding positions. They are followed by the Sri Lankan overnight batters, Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva with the latter being on strike. Kyle Jarvis to start the proceedings on Day 4!
  • Injury update - Kevin Kasuza, who had went off the field just before the Lunch break on Day 3, has sustained a soft tissue injury on the skull. This happened after Kasaza was struck on the back of the helmet while fielding at short leg. Reports have come in and shown that there have been no signs of concussion but he will be continuously monitored for at least a day more.
  • On a very slow third day, Angelo Mathews led the charge for Sri Lanka with the bat. With an unbeaten 92 and an unbeaten 68-run stand with Dhananjaya de Silva, he has taken Sri Lanka's total close to the final score of Zimbabwe. With 6 wickets in hand, Sri Lanka will now look to take a decent first-innings lead and would hope that the pair of Mathews and de Silva score runs at a brisk pace too. The hosts, on the other hand, would look to take wickets in a heap and restrict the Sri Lankan charge. If the hosts fail in doing so, they will then look to limit the damage. Let's see what Day 4 has in store for us. Stay tuned.
  • ...Day 4, Session 1...
  • Right then, the moving day of a Test match did move but at a snail's pace and it's tough to guess which way it's heading. Although the visitors are in a more advantageous position now. Let's hope for a far more exciting Day 4 where the Lankan batsmen show more intent. Their deficit is currently 63 runs. For Zimbabwe, they just need to stick to the basics and try their best on this lifeless pitch. Do join us on Wednesday at 1000 local (0800 GMT) for all the action. Cheers!
  • Regarding the situation of this Test match, Sri Lanka have slowly but surely closed the gap with Zimbabwe. They concentrated on building partnerships since the morning session and managed to construct quite a few. Angelo Mathews was the nucleus around which everyone revolved. Earlier, Kusal Mendis showed a lot of patience and character in his knock but fell short of his century. His stand though put Sri Lanka on the front foot and post his departure and the flop show from Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva combined with Mathews to take Sri Lanka to Stumps without further casualty.
  • End of yet another day of old-fashioned Test cricket! It was a real grind for everyone. Runs and wickets came at a premium with both teams trying their best to execute their plans and skills. With little to no support from the surface, the Zimbabwean bowlers should be credited for continuously coming hard at the batsmen and their skipper, Sean Williams was also quite enterprising with his field setting. All in all, it was a day for Test cricket purists.
  • 105.6 It's fired on the pads, Mathews keeps it out safely off his back foot. So, he will have to wait for his ton as it is STUMPS ON DAY 3! 295/4
  • 105.5 Another full ball around off, Mathews patiently taps it towards the leg side.
  • 105.4 Floated delivery on off, Mathews offers a solid defensive shot on this one.
  • 105.3 Tossed up delivery on middle, Dhananjaya flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 105.2 Floated delivery on middle, Dhananjaya blocks it off the front foot.
  • 105.1 FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Dhananjaya pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 104.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 290/4
  • 104.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 104.4 BEATEN! Tossed up delivery outside off, Mathews looks to defend but misses it.
  • 104.3 FOUR! Nice shot. Short delivery on middle, Mathews pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Angelo moves into the 90s.
  • 104.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Angelo blocks it off the back foot.
  • 104.1 Floated delivery on off, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 103.6 FOUR! Nicely played! Tossed up delivery on middle, Dhananjaya comes down the track and lofts it over mid on for a boundary. 286/4
  • 103.5 Floated delivery on middle, Dhananjaya blocks it well.
  • 103.4 Loopy delivery on off, Dhananjaya taps it towards the off side.
  • 103.3 Floated delivery on middle, Dhananjaya looks to defend but gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 103.2 Flighted delivery on off, Dhananjaya plays it to point.
  • 103.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, Dhananjaya blocks it off the back foot.
  • 102.6 Around off again, Mathews comes forward and pushes it towards covers. 282/4
  • 102.5 On middle, Mathews defends it right in front of his eyes.
  • 102.4 FOUR! Poor delivery from Ndlovu. Full toss on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 102.3 Full and around off, Mathews pushes it to cover.
  • 102.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 102.1 Tossed up ball on off, it is defended.
  • 101.6 Floated ball around off, Mathews pushes it through mid off for a single. 278/4
  • 101.5 Loopy ball around off, Mathews works it towards the leg side.
  • 101.4 On middle, it is defended.
  • 101.3 Fifty-run stand is up between de Silva and Mathews. Full ball on the pads of the Dhananjaya, it is worked behind square leg for a run.
  • 101.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 101.1 Short and outside off from Williams, de Silva slaps it well but straight to the man at cover-point.
  • 100.6 Tossed up delivery on off, Mathews blocks it off the back foot. Just 5 overs remaining in the day. 276/4
  • 100.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Dhananjaya comes down the track and drives it towards mid on for a single.
  • 100.4 Loopy delivery outside off, Dhananjaya looks to sweep but misses it.
  • 100.3 Floated delivery on middle, Dhananjaya punches it towards the off side.
  • 100.2 Tossed up delivery on off, Dhananjaya punches it towards the off side.
  • 100.1 Full delivery on middle, Mathews drives it towards mid on for a run.
  • 99.6 Tossed up delivery on off, Dhananjaya blocks it off the back foot. 274/4
  • 99.5 Driven through mid on by the batsman.
  • 99.4 Loopy delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it towards square leg for a run.
  • 99.3 Full delivery on off, Dhananjaya drives it through covers for a single.
  • 99.2 Flighted delivery on off, Dhananjaya punches it to point.
  • 99.1 FOUR! Good use of the feet. Tossed up delivery on middle, Dhananjaya comes down the track and lofts it over the bowler's head for a boundary.
  • 98.6 On off, Mathews blocks it off the front foot. 268/4
  • 98.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews makes room and punches it to point.
  • 98.4 Loopy delivery on off, Mathews defends it out.
  • 98.3 Floated delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs.
  • 98.2 Tossed up delivery on off, Angelo plays it towards point.
  • 98.1 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • Ainsley Ndlovu is back on. 10-2-40-0 are his figures so far.
  • 97.6 Short delivery on middle, Dhananjaya pulls it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get two runs. 266/4
  • 97.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Dhananjaya blocks it off the front foot.
  • 97.4 Loopy delivery on off, Dhananjaya taps it towards point.
  • 97.3 Floated delivery on middle, Dhananjaya plays it towards the off side.
  • 97.2 Flighted delivery on off, Mathews punches it towards point for a single.
  • 97.1 Tossed up delivery on middle, Mathews defends it towards short leg.
  • Sean Williams is back on. 15-2-47-1 are his figures so far. Can he strike at least once before Stumps?
  • 96.6 Full delivery on off, Dhananjaya drives it towards mid off. 263/4
  • 96.5 On middle, Dhananjaya keeps it out.
  • 96.4 On a good length on middle, Dhananjaya blocks it off the front foot.
  • 96.3 Full delivery on middle, Dhananjaya flicks it over mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
  • 96.2 Good length delivery on middle, Dhananjaya defends it off the back foot.
  • 96.1 On a good length on off, Dhananjaya blocks it off the front foot.
  • Victor Nyauchi is back on. 21-6-36-2 are his figures so far.
  • 95.6 On a good length on off, Mathews defends it off the back foot. 261/4
  • 95.5 FOUR! Nice shot. Length delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. The deficit is now below 100.
  • 95.4 Good length delivery on off, Mathews blocks it off the front foot.
  • Happy news for Zimbabwe! Kevin Kasuza has returned after his scan and there is no concussion caused. He is still dizzy though and the follow-up test will be conducted next morning. Call on his availability for the rest of this Test match will be taken after that.
  • 95.3 Full delivery on middle, Mathews drives it to mid on.
  • 95.2 Length delivery on off, Mathews punches it towards point.
  • 95.1 On a length on middle, Mathews flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 94.6 Good length delivery on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot. 256/4
  • 94.5 On a length on middle, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 94.4 Again outside off, Mathews offers no shot to this one.
  • 94.3 On a good length on off, Angelo defends it off the front foot.
  • 94.2 Outside off, Mathews does not bother to play at that.
  • 94.1 Play and a miss! Short delivery outside off, Mathews looks to pull but misses it.
  • 93.6 Outside off, Dhananjaya offers no shot to this one. 256/4
  • 93.5 Full delivery on middle, Angelo drives it towards mid on where Masvaure makes a fine stop. The batsmen still take a single.
  • 93.4 Full again on middle, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 93.3 Full delivery on off, Mathews drives it to covers.
  • 93.2 Full delivery outside off, Mathews shoulders arms to this one.
  • 93.1 BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Mathews looks to defend but misses it.
  • 92.6 Outside off, Dhananjaya offers no shot to this one. 255/4
  • 92.5 Good length delivery on off, Dhananjaya blocks it off the back foot.
  • 92.4 On a length on middle, Angelo defends it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 92.3 On a good length on off, Mathews blocks it off the back foot.
  • 92.2 BEATEN AGAIN! Good length delivery outside off, Mathews looks to defend but misses it.
  • 92.1 BEATEN! Good shape on this one. On a good length and outside off, Mathews looks to defend but misses it due to the outswing on this one.
  • 91.6 Full delivery on off, Dhananjaya drives it to mid off. 254/4
  • 91.5 Full delivery on middle, Dhananjaya drives it towards mid on.
  • 91.4 Good length delivery on off, Dhananjaya blocks it off the back foot.
  • 91.3 On a length on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 91.2 Length delivery on off, Dhananjaya punches it through covers. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it. The batsmen get three runs.
  • 91.1 On a good length and outside off, Dhananjaya offers no shot to this one.
  • 90.6 Full delivery on middle, Mathews drives it towards mid on. 250/4
  • 90.5 On a good length on off, Angelo blocks it off the front foot.
  • 90.4 Full again on off, Mathews drives it to covers.
  • 90.3 Full delivery on off, Mathews drives it towards the bowler where Jarvis makes a good stop.
  • 90.2 Outside off, Mathews shoulders arms to this one.
  • 90.1 On a good length on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • Drinks Break! Zimbabwe did well to keep the run scoring at check and they got the wicket of Chandimal in that process. However, Dhananjaya de Silva arrived and is looking settled while Mathews has been hardly troubled. The duo will try to take the Lankan total as close to Zimbabwe as possible. The hosts would look to take a couple or more wickets before the end of the day's play. Let's see what is in store for us in the final hour of Day 3.
  • 89.6 Outside off, Dhananjaya offers no shot to this one. 250/4
  • 89.5 On a length on off, Dhananjaya punches it towards point.
  • 89.4 Short delivery on middle, Dhananjaya pulls it to mid-wicket. 250 up for Sri Lanka.
  • 89.4 NO BALL! Tiripano oversteps! Full delivery on off, Dhananjaya drives it to point.
  • 89.3 Full delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 89.2 Outside off, Angelo leaves it alone.
  • 89.1 Full delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • Donald Tiripano is back on. 16-3-39-1 are his figures so far.
  • 88.6 BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Dhananjaya looks to defend but misses it. 248/4
  • 88.5 Outside off, Dhananjaya offers no shot to this one.
  • 88.4 FOUR! Excellent shot. Full delivery on middle, Dhananjaya flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 88.3 Full delivery on off, Dhananjaya drives it towards mid off.
  • 88.2 Full delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. Dhananjaya wants the second but Mathews sends him back.
  • 88.1 On a good length and outside off, Mathews shoulders arms to this one.
  • Finally! In The Rock's baritone... Zimbabwe have taken the SECOND NEW BALL! Kyle Jarvis to make first use of the new nut. Two slips and a gully in place...
  • 87.6 Outside off, Dhananjaya does not bother to play at that. 243/4
  • 87.5 Flighted delivery on middle, Dhananjaya blocks it off the front foot.
  • 87.4 Tossed up delivery on off, Dhananjaya comes down the track and plays it towards the off side.
  • 87.3 Full delivery on middle, Mathews drives it towards mid on for a run.
  • 87.2 Floated delivery on off, Mathews blocks it off the front foot.
  • 87.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Mathews punches it to covers.
  • Look who's running out in the middle??? It's Christopher Phiri, the reserve umpire, who has handed over the new ball to umpire Marais Erasmus. It's though parked in his pocket at the moment as Sean Williams is continuing with his spell from this end. Maybe, Phiri got fed up of holding the new ball at the fence and Zimbabwe showing zero interest in taking it.
  • 86.6 Good length ball around off, it is defended. 242/4
  • 86.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 86.4 Full ball around off, pushed to the man at covers.
  • 86.3 Another edge, it again does not carry to Taylor at first slip. He once again does really well to field the ball with his dive to the right side. It is a fuller ball outside off, Dhananjaya looks to drive but the ball takes thick outside edge and goes towards the right side of the first slip fielder. Taylor saves a certain boundary.
  • 86.2 Length ball just outside off, de Silva looks to drive but gets a bottom edge which goes towards the bowler.
  • 86.1 Good length ball outside off, it is tapped towards gully.
  • 85.6 Full delivery on off, Mathews drives it to covers. 242/4
  • 85.5 Williams bowls it down the leg side, Mathews looks to flick but misses it.
  • 85.4 Loopy delivery on middle, Mathews defends it off the back foot.
  • 85.3 Floated delivery on off, Angelo punches it towards point.
  • 85.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews flicks it towards the leg side.
  • 85.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Mathews blocks it off the front foot.
  • 84.6 Edged but did not carry! On a fuller length and outside off, Dhananjaya looks to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes behind. De Silva played that with soft hands and hence it did not carry to Taylor at first slip. He does really well to dive to his left and collect the ball on one bounce. 242/4
  • 84.5 Outside off, Dhananjaya offers no shot to this one.
  • 84.4 Full delivery on middle, Dhananjaya drives it towards mid on where Prince Masvaure makes a fine stop.
  • 84.3 FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Dhananjaya pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 84.2 Full delivery on middle, Dhananjaya drives it towards mid on.
  • 84.1 On a good length on off, Dhananjaya blocks it off the back foot.
  • Kyle Jarvis returns. 19-7-42-0 from him so far. He is continuing with the old ball only. A bit strange with a new batsman in the middle. They should have opted for the new cherry to test Dhananjaya.
  • 83.6 Flighted delivery on middle, Angelo blocks it well. 238/4
  • 83.5 Tossed up delivery outside off, Dhananjaya looks to drive but gets an outside edge. It goes towards third man. The fielder chases it and does well to stop it just before the ropes. The batsmen get three runs.
  • 83.4 Floated delivery on off, Mathews punches it through point for a run.
  • 83.3 Loopy delivery on off, Mathews blocks it off the front foot.
  • 83.2 Flighted delivery on middle, Mathews defends it off the back foot.
  • 83.1 Tossed up delivery on off, Dhananjaya guides it towards third man for a single.
  • 82.6 Full delivery on middle, Dhananjaya flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs. 233/4
  • 82.5 On a good length on off, Dhananjaya blocks it off the back foot.
  • 82.4 Outside off, Dhananjaya shoulders arms to this one.
  • 82.3 BEATEN! Good length delivery just outside off, Dhananjaya looks to drive but misses it.
  • 82.2 Full delivery on middle, Dhananjaya drives it towards mid on.
  • 82.1 On a good length on off, Dhananjaya defends it off the back foot.
  • 81.6 ALMOST A RUN OUT! Age showing in Mathews' running. A shortish delivery around off, Dhananjaya rocks back and slaps it to deep cover. He runs the first run hard, then takes the second and turns for the third run. Mathews is very slow in completing his runs and is not matching the speed of his partner. Still, he agrees for the third run and to his good luck, the throw has come to the wrong end, towards the bowler. Had it been to the striker's end, Mathews could have been struggling. End of an eventful over! 230/4
  • 81.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva walks in next.
  • 81.4 OUT! Caught! Yes, it did hit the boot straight so Chandimal has to go. Zimbabwe celebrate. Chandimal is not happy but he has to depart. A fullish ball around middle and leg, Chandimal skips down the track and looks to flick but the ball takes the bottom edge and then lobs towards the bowler. The Zimbabwean skipper catches it and appeals. The umpires get together and refer it upstairs with the soft signal as not out. Now, the replays roll in. It looks like the ball hit the boot directly and not the turf and then it ballooned towards the bowler. The third umpire takes his time and checks different angles. There's very limited technology in this Test series. Eventually, Langton Rusere feels that there are clear shreds of evidence to overturn the soft call. Another good looking stand has been broken. Sri Lanka trail by 131 runs with 6 wickets in hand.
  • Appeal for caught and bowled has been taken upstairs. It is the umpires who have gone to the third umpire. The soft signal is not out. Did that hit straight onto the boot before looping up to the bowler? The third umpire is taking his time and he's seeing different angles (very limited technology) to find out. Flush on the boot, DC is a goner.
  • 81.3 Full again on off, Chandimal drives it to mid off.
  • 81.2 Full delivery on off, Mathews drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 81.1 FOUR! That is put away! Short delivery on middle, Mathews pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • Still no signs of the second new ball. Sean Williams to continue...
  • 80.6 FOUR! Cut away! Short and wide outside off, Chandimal goes back and cuts it through point for his first boundary. 222/3
  • 80.5 Back of a length ball on middle, Chandimal ducks under it.
  • 80.4 Edgy runs! A full ball just outside off, Chandimal looks to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes between the slip and gully fielders. Before the fielder can chase the ball, a couple of runs are taken.
  • 80.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 80.2 Shortish and around off, Chandimal keeps it out.
  • 80.1 Confusion but safe in the end. Full ball around off, Chandimal pushes it back past the bowler. He wants a single and he is off for it in a flash. Mathews though is ball-watching with his hand up to say no. Chandimal does not see that initially and keeps coming towards the non-striker's end. However, before the mid on fielder can get to the ball and throw it to the keeper, Chandimal has realized it and has enough time to get back safely.
  • Donald Tiripano is back on. 14-3-30-1 are his figures so far. No new ball taken yet! Maybe, a few balls to warm-up and then they will opt for it.
  • 79.6 Flatter and on middle and leg, pushed towards mid-wicket. Second new ball is available now! 216/3
  • 79.5 SIX! Hammered! A loopy ball around off, Mathews picks it off his pads and sends it sailing over the long on fence for a biggie. Second six of the innings for Mathews.
  • 79.4 Flatter ball outside off, Mathews looks to defend but misses.
  • 79.3 Flatter and outside off, cut to the man at point.
  • 79.2 Fires it down the leg side. Mathews looks to flick but misses. The keeper there does well to pouch the ball with a move to his left.
  • 79.1 Shortish length ball on middle, Mathews punches it to mid on off the back foot.
  • 78.6 Another ball which is angled into the batter, Mathews works it behind square leg for a single. 210/3
  • 78.5 Good length ball angled in, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 78.4 Good length ball around off, it is defended.
  • 78.3 Full ball on middle, firmly driven to mid on once again.
  • 78.2 Good length ball on off, pushed to mid on by Mathews.
  • 78.1 Full ball on middle, Mathews strokes it to mid on.
  • 77.6 Flatter ball on off, Chandimal keeps it out lunging forward. 209/3
  • 77.5 On off, it is defended.
  • 77.4 Another full ball around off, pushed to mid off again.
  • 77.3 Flatter ball around off, it is defended off the back foot.
  • 77.2 Floated ball around off, Mathews strokes it to mid off for a single.
  • 77.1 Full ball around off, pushed to mid off.
  • 76.6 Length ball around off, Chandimal keeps it out. 208/3
  • 76.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 76.4 Full delivery on off, Mathews drives it through mid off. Prince Masvaure chases it, slides and does well to pull it back just before the rope. The batsmen get three runs.
  • 76.3 Good length delivery on off, Mathews defends it off the front foot.
  • 76.2 Full delivery on off, Mathews drives it to covers.
  • 76.1 On a length on off, Mathews taps it to point.
  • Victor Nyauchi to bowl from the other end. 19-6-32-3 from him so far.
  • 75.6 Tossed up delivery on middle, Chandimal defends it off the front foot. 205/3
  • 75.5 Floated delivery on off, Chandimal punches it to point.
  • 75.4 Loopy delivery on off, Dinesh keeps it out.
  • 75.3 Tossed up delivery on middle, Chandimal blocks it off the front foot.
  • 75.2 Full delivery on off, Chandimal drives it to covers.
  • 75.1 Flighted delivery on middle, Chandimal drives it towards mid on.
  • We are back for the final session of Day 3. The players are out in the middle. Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal will resume their batting for Sri Lanka. Sean Williams will start the proceedings for the final session...
  • ... Day 3, Session 3 ...
  • Another absorbing session of this Test match comes to a close. 81/1 in the 31 overs bowled! Both teams fared decently. Neither Zimbabwe allowed Sri Lanka to run away by scoring quickly nor the Lankans gave away more than a wicket to the African minnows. The pitch is as dead as a dodo and there's nothing happening. Waiting game is what these two teams are playing with both testing out each other's patience. The deficit is now down to 153 runs and the hosts are quickly running out of runs in the bank. Do join us in a short while for the evening session as another 31 'entertaining' overs are left in the day's play.
  • 74.6 Another good length ball around off, it is defended. AND THAT WILL BE TEA ON DAY 3. 205/3
  • 74.5 Another length ball around off, easily negotiated by Mathews.
  • 74.4 Length ball on off, Mathews presents straight bat to defend it out.
  • 74.3 Full and outside off, Mathews looks to drive but the ball takes the bottom edge and rolls towards covers.
  • 74.2 Shortish and around off, it is tapped towards mid off.
  • 74.1 HALF TON FOR MATHEWS! 35th in Tests for him. It has been a hard-fought one for the senior most Lankan batter. He gets there by flicking this ball towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 73.6 Flatter delivery on off, Mathews plays a late cut wide of first slip and takes a single. 203/3
  • 73.5 SIX! A scoring opportunity there and Mathews makes full use of it. A rank full toss around off, Angelo bends his back knee a bit and smokes it over mid-wicket. 200 comes up for Sri Lanka!
  • 73.4 Loopy and full on off, Mathews pushes it with an angled bat to cover-point.
  • 73.3 Mathews has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 73.2 Too full in length on middle, pushed back in the direction of the bowler.
  • 73.1 Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 72.6 NEARLY A DRAG ON! The bowler delivers a length ball but pitches it wide outside off. Mathews tries to latch onto the room and smash it through the line but it takes the inside edge and beats the stumps by a whisker. 195/3
  • 72.5 Lands it on a length and around off, angling in, Angelo meets it with a dead bat and pushes it out to short cover.
  • 72.4 Flicks a full ball across the line but finds one of the two short mid-wicket fielders.
  • 72.3 Puts it in the line of the off stump, Mathews brings down a straight bat and defends it from the middle.
  • 72.2 Slight inward movement off the deck. It's on a length close to off, Mathews moves back to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 72.1 Fires in a fuller length ball close to off, Mathews strides forward and defends it off the inner half to short mid-wicket.
  • 71.6 Chandimal has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 195/3
  • 71.5 Loopy and full on middle, DC presses forward and blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 71.4 Loopy full ball around off, Chandimal drives but finds short cover.
  • 71.3 A full toss on off, pushed towards deepish mid on for a run.
  • 71.2 Flattish and shortish on off, punched from the back foot to covers.
  • 71.1 Flighted ball on middle, defended off the inner half to short mid-wicket.
  • 70.6 Full and on middle, Mathews pushes it down the ground. The man at mid on dives to his right and makes a save. A single taken. 194/3
  • 70.5 Overthrow! A fuller ball outside off, Mathews pushes it towards point and a quick single is taken. The point fielder gets to the ball, picks it up and fires the throw at the striker's end. He misses and the ball goes towards square leg and an extra run is taken.
  • 70.4 Slightly fuller and outside off, this is pushed towards covers.
  • 70.3 Full ball around off, Mathews strokes it well but straight to mid off.
  • 70.2 Full and around off, it is defended.
  • 70.1 Length ball around off, Mathews keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 69.6 Full and around off, it is defended. 191/3
  • 69.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 69.4 Loopy ball on middle, it is stroked towards mid off and a quick run is taken. The fielder there picks the ball and throws at the non-striker's end but misses.
  • 69.3 Floated ball around off and middle, Mathews keeps it out.
  • 69.2 Around off and middle, it is defended.
  • 69.1 Low full toss on middle, Chandimal strokes it towards mid on where the fielder fumbles and the batters get an extra. Three taken.
  • 68.6 Full ball just outside off, Mathews pushes it towards gully. 187/3
  • 68.5 Another length ball around off, Mathews taps it to the man at covers.
  • 68.4 Good length ball around off and middle, Mathews defends it nicely.
  • 68.3 Full and on middle, it is pushed towards mid on.
  • 68.2 Shortish and around off, Mathews taps it towards point for nothing.
  • 68.1 Good length ball around off, it is defended off the front foot by Mathews.
  • 67.6 On off and middle, full too. It is worked to the man at mid-wicket. 187/3
  • 67.5 Slightly short one on middle, Chandimal pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 67.4 Floats it on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 67.3 Full and on middle, Mathews strokes it to long off for a run.
  • 67.2 Floated ball on off, Mathews comes forward and defends it out.
  • 67.1 Flatter ball on middle, Chandimal works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 66.6 Landed on middle, worked towards mid-wicket. End of a successful over for Zimbabwe. 185/3
  • 66.5 Good length ball around off, it is defended.
  • 66.4 RIPPER! A length ball angled into the right-hander. It comes back in sharply as Mathews looks to defend but the ball goes through with the angle and beats the inside edge.
  • 66.3 Slightly short of a length ball on the body, Chandimal works it towards fine leg to get off the mark.
  • Dinesh Chandimal is the new batsman. He hurt his fingers yesterday but it looks like he has recovered from that injury and fit to bat.
  • 66.2 OUT! Caught! The stand is broken and Mendis is the man who departs. A century was on offer for Mendis but he has thrown it away. A full ball outside off, Mendis had been leaving these deliveries so far but this time he is lured into the shot. He goes for the drive away from his body. The ball takes the thick outside edge and goes straight to Taylor at first slip. He does not make any mistake there and Zimbabwe have the much-needed wicket. Sri Lanka still 173 runs behind.
  • 66.1 Length ball angled into the pads, Mendis works it to the leg side.
  • 65.6 Loopy ball on off, Mathews pushes it to the left of the bowler who dives to that side and parries the ball towards covers. 184/2
  • 65.5 Another full toss, this is around of, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 65.4 Very full ball around off, Mathews digs it out to mid off.
  • 65.3 Another ball in the line of the stumps, it is defended.
  • 65.2 On off, It is defended back to the bowler.
  • 65.1 Full toss on middle and leg, Mendis sweeps it for a run to deep square leg.
  • 64.6 On middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket. 183/2
  • 64.5 Another fuller ball, this is outside off, Mathews drives it well but finds the fielder at cover.
  • 64.4 Full ball around off, Mathews strokes it straight to mid off.
  • 64.3 Good length ball just outside off, Mathews pushes it to covers.
  • 64.2 Full and outside off, this is stroked to mid off.
  • 64.1 Length ball around off, it is defended.
  • 63.6 Quicker and shorter ball around off, Mendis stays on the back foot and pushes it to long on for a single. 183/2
  • 63.5 Fires it wide outside off, Mendis guides it towards third man and takes a single.
  • 63.4 Flatter one on off, it is worked towards the leg side for a single.
  • 63.3 FOUR! Short and punished! A half-tracker and it is on middle, Mathews goes on the back foot and pulls it to the deep mid-wicket fence.
  • 63.2 Around off, it is defended.
  • 63.1 Quick couple! Ndlovu starts the spell with a ball on the pads, Mathews helps it to fine leg and scampers back for a couple of runs.
  • Ainsley Ndlovu (4-2-15-0) is back into the attack.
  • 62.6 Length ball around off, Mendis keeps it out off his back foot. 174/2
  • 62.5 Full and around off, it is defended.
  • 62.4 Landed around off, it is defended towards covers.
  • 62.3 Length ball just around off, keeping a touch low. Mendis gets his bat down in time to work it towards mid-wicket.
  • 62.2 Full and around off, Mendis comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 62.1 Length ball around off, Mendis pushes it towards covers.
  • Victor Nyauchi returns. 12-2-26-1 from him so far.
  • 61.6 Floated ball around off, it is defended. 174/2
  • 61.5 Full ball around off and middle, Mendis strokes it to long on for a run.
  • 61.4 Flatter ball around off, Mendis keeps it out.
  • 61.3 FOUR! Swept nicely! Full ball around off, Mendis sits down and sweeps it to the deep mid-wicket fence. The fielder there dives to his right to save but he fails to do so.
  • 61.2 On off, it is defended.
  • 61.1 Full and outside off, Mathews pushes it to mid off for a single.
  • 60.6 On middle, worked towards the leg side. 168/2
  • 60.5 Good length ball around off, Mendis keeps it out off his back foot.
  • 60.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 60.3 Full ball around off, Mendis comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 60.2 Full and around off, pushed towards covers.
  • 60.1 Good length ball just outside off, Mendis taps it towards the man at gully.
  • DRINKS! Another wicket-less hour for the hosts. They have been working really hard out in the middle but are unable to break this stubborn stand between Mendis and Mathews. The two have got their eyes in and would look to score big knocks and keep taking the side forward. Interesting passage of play awaits.
  • 59.6 Another ball around off, it is defended. 168/2
  • 59.5 Flights this one and lands it around off, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 59.4 Another full ball, it is pushed back to the bowler.
  • 59.3 Flatter ball on off, worked towards the leg side.
  • 59.2 Very full ball on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 59.1 Full ball on middle, Mendis works it to deep mid-wicket and changes ends.
  • 58.6 Around off on a length, it keeps a bit low. Mathews does well to keep it out. 167/2
  • 58.5 Full again and this time it is around off, Mathews pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 58.4 Very full ball on middle, this is stroked well but straight to mid off.
  • 58.3 Shorter in length and around off, Mathews stays on the back foot and defends it out.
  • 58.2 Good length ball around off, Mathews defends it off his front foot.
  • 58.1 In the channel outside off, it is left alone.
  • 57.6 Excellent save! A full ball on middle, Mendis sweeps it hard across the line. It is between deep mid-wicket and deep square leg. The substitute fielder from deep mid-wicket makes an excellent save diving to his right. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. 167/2
  • 57.5 Full ball on off, Mathews strokes it to long off for a single.
  • 57.4 Full and on middle, Mendis pushes it to deep mid-wicket for a run.
  • 57.3 This one is slightly short and around off, Mendis turns it towards square leg.
  • 57.2 On off again, another forward defensive shot from Mendis.
  • 57.1 Flatter and on off, Mendis comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 56.6 Landed on middle, Mathews keeps it out off the back foot. 163/2
  • 56.5 Length ball just outside off, it is pushed to covers.
  • 56.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 56.3 Length ball on off, it is pushed towards point. Mathews wanted a single there but they decided against it seeing the rushing fielder.
  • 56.2 On middle, it is blocked by Mathews.
  • 56.1 Beaten! A good length ball in the channel outside off, Mathews looks to drive on the up but misses. Lucky not to edge that one.
  • 55.6 A single to end the over as Mathews eases this loopy ball through mid on. 163/2
  • 55.5 Loopy ball around off, Mathews gets behind the line of the ball to block.
  • 55.4 Another fuller ball around middle, this time Mathews tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 55.3 Full and and on off, it is pushed to mid on.
  • 55.2 Fires it on the pads, Mathews looks to tuck it towards the leg side but misses.
  • 55.1 A leg spinner from the offie, it is on the pads, Mendis works it to fine leg for a single.
  • 54.6 Around off on a good length, it is defended. 161/2
  • 54.5 A full ball around off now, Mathews pushes it to mid off.
  • 54.4 A back of a length ball on middle, Mendis pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 54.3 Good length ball on off, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 54.2 Full and around off, Mendis pushes it to mid off.
  • 54.1 Length ball around off, Mathews keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 53.6 Shortish ball around off, blocked off the back foot. 15 from the over! 160/2
  • 53.6 NO BALL! Another ball which is short and on middle and leg, Mendis pulls it to deep square leg for a run. The bowler has overstepped there.
  • 53.5 FOUR! Make that three in a row! Another half-tracker, Mendis goes deep in the crease and pulls it to the deep mid-wicket fence again. This over is shaking up everyone from their post-Lunch sleep.
  • 53.4 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Mendis. Raza bowls a full toss on the pads, Kusal smashes it to deep mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
  • 53.3 FOUR! Pulled away! A half-tracker on middle, Mendis goes back and hammers it to deep mid-wicket for a powerful boundary.
  • 53.2 Full and on off, it is defended.
  • 53.1 Raza starts with a flatter ball outside off, pushed through point for a single.
  • Sikandar Raza is into the attack.
  • 52.6 Landed around off on a length, Mendis keeps it out. 145/2
  • 52.5 Good length ball on the pads, it is worked towards the leg side.
  • 52.4 Shortish ball on middle, it is worked towards deep square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 52.3 Length ball around off, Mendis comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 52.2 Full ball outside off, pushed to covers.
  • 52.1 Tiripano starts with a length ball on middle, it is defended.
  • Doanald Tiripano returns. 9-0-27-1 are his figures so far.
  • 51.6 Flat one on the pads, pushed to mid on. 143/2
  • 51.5 Quicker one outside off, it is guided to third man for a single.