Zimbabwe can take heart from the battle it appeared in first Test, yet needs handling to enhance and top request to flame
Zimbabwe confronts a tough assignment on the off chance that it is to square the arrangement going into the second and last Test against Sri Lanka in Harare beginning Sunday (November 6).
Sri Lanka goes into the amusement as the firm most loved in the wake of winning the main Test by a persuading 225-run edge. Zimbabwe, however, can take heart from the battle it appeared, extending the amusement late into the fifth day.
That battle was conceivable because of their commander, Graeme Cremer. He turned into the main Zimbabwe player to score a century and pick four wickets in an innings in a similar Test. His batting specifically was noteworthy; coming in at No. 8 with the group battling at 139 for 6 in the main innings, Cremer stayed unbeaten on 102 to extend Zimbabwe’s score to 373 in answer to Sri Lanka’s 537.
Cremer was likewise all around helped by Peter Moor, who made a 84-ball 79. Zimbabwe, in any case, will need more exertion from its top-arrange batsmen, who couldn’t benefit from begins in both innings. It incorporates crisp confronts like Tino Mawoyo, and additionally experienced names like Hamilton Masakadza, Malcolm Waller and Sean Williams.
Zimbabwe’s bowlers were taught yet battled against a durable Sri Lankan batting execution with a few discovers going down too. While Cremer grabbed four wickets in the main innings, Carl Mumba, the debutant pacer, inspired with 4 for 50 in the second.
Be that as it may, in spite of Zimbabwe’s battle, Sri Lanka was a bit too relentless and dependably in control. Kusal Perera and Upul Tharanga made hundreds of years in the primary innings, while Dimuth Karunaratne (56), Kusal Perera (94) and Asela Gunaratne (54) made half-hundreds of years.
In the second innings, Karunaratne topped an awesome match with 110 while Dhananjaya de Silva excessively awed with 64. It implies that all the Sri Lanka batsmen are among the keeps running as they go into the second diversion.
Sri Lanka’s bowlers, as well, had done well. Driven by their skipper Rangana Herath’s wily left-arm turn, the assault joined to convey a hard-battled win. All the more vitally, they indicated astounding persistence and personality notwithstanding when Zimbabwe’s batsmen tried them with a decent battle.
Frame and on-paper quality focuses to Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe will need to up its amusement much more on the off chance that it is to get an ideal result.
Zimbabwe: Graeme Cremer (capt), Regis Chakabva (wk), Brian Chari, Michael Chinouya, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Tino Mawoyo, Peter Moor (wk), Chris Mpofu, Carl Mumba, Tarisai Musakanda, Taurai Muzarabani, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams.
Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (capt), Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Lahiru Gamage, Asela Gunaratne, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Suranga Lakmal, Kasun Madushanka, Kusal Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Kusal Perera (wk), Lakshan Sandakan, Kaushal Silva.