Mendis fights for SL

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Colombo: Kusal Mendis scored a fluent half- century to keep Sri Lanka’s hopes of chasing a record 388 alive at the end of Day IV’s play in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe, here on Monday.

The hosts were 170 for three at stumps, with Mendis batting on 60 alongside Angelo Mathews, who was on 17, at Colombo’s R Premadasa Stadium.

Sri Lanka’s highest-ever successful run chase was against South Africa in 2006, when they achieved their 352-run target in Colombo.

Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer dented the hosts with his leg-spin, claiming the important wickets of Upul Tharanga (27) and his opposite number Dinesh Chandimal (15).

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne was bowled by left-arm orthodox spinner Sean Williams for 49 as the visitors persisted with an all-spin attack in the 48 overs bowled in the innings so far. (AGENCIES)