Out of 17 Tests Zimbabwe have never defeated Sri Lanka. They have lost 12 and drawn five. On Tuesday (July 18) Zimbabwe led by Graeme Cremer will have an opportunity to register their first win over Sri Lanka in the game’s longest format. The visitors need seven more wickets to win the Colombo Test as hosts end the penultimate day on 170/3 while chasing 388.
On day three, Zimbabwe fought back through Sikandar Raza after being 23/4 at one stage. The visitors resumed the fourth day’s play on an overnight score of 252/6. Raza got to his maiden three-figure mark as Zimbabwe looked to pile up runs. Also Check- Sri Lanka Vs Zimbabwe One-off Test Match Full Scorecard
Malcolm Waller, who scored 68 and provided valuable support to Raza, was the first wicket to fell on day four. Raza then took his side past 300 but fell on an individual score of 127. His knock included nine fours and a six.
With eight down, Zimbabwe’s tail put up a fight and helped their side cross 3250-run mark. Skipper Cremer (48) and Donald Tiripano (19) shared 55-run stand for the ninth wicket before Zimbabwe were bowled out for 377.
For Sri Lanka, Rangana Hearth took six wickets while Dilruwan Perera chipped in with three.
Sri Lanka began on a positive note as openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga added half-century stand and went to Tea break without loss of a wicket.
However, second over after the Tea break, Zimbabwe struck with Cremer removing Tharanga (27). Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis then took their side past 100-run mark and added a half-century stand.
Towards the end of the play, the home side lost two wickets quickly as Zimbabwe maintained their grip in the Test. Karunaratne (49) and skipper Dinesh Chandimal were the two wickets to fell.
At stumps, Mendis and Mathews were unbeaten on 60 and 17 respectively. Hosts need 218 more runs to win on the fifth day while Zimbabwe are on the verge of winning their first ever Test against Sri Lanka.