An exceptional partnership between Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne led Sri Lanka through to the highest ever chase on the island in the only test against Zimbabwe at the R Premadasa Stadium earlier today.
Rangana Herath continued to thrive by picking vital wickets in both innings for Sri Lanka.
Batting first, a blinder from Craig Ervine steered the visitors to 356 in 95 overs. Rangana Herath picked 5 for 116 but Ervine’s 160 stole the show on Day 1. In response, half centuries from Tharanga and Chandimal guided Sri Lanka to 346 in 102 overs.
Despite losing 5 wickets for 59, Sikander Raza’s ton helped Zimbabwe post a massive total of 388 in 107 overs. However, a steady start helped the strong Sri Lankan middle order capitalize and build in the middle overs. Zimbabwe bounced back with a couple of early wickets but Dickwella and Gunaratne saw the side through to an excellent win in the second session of Day 5.
Asela Gunaratne was adjudged player of the match and Rangana Herath bagged the player of the series award.
“I know I have bowled a lot of overs, but when you still enjoy playing cricket, I wouldn’t mind bowling more in future. Good to hear that I went past those guys. Overall, this Test match was very good. They were playing sweeps and reverse sweeps, which made it hard for us. But we played better than Zimbabwe, that is why we are here,” said Rangana Herath at the post match presentation.
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