Sri Lanka start strong in record chase against Zimbabwe

One-off Test Cremer heroics give Zimbabwe edge over Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka start strong in record chase against Zimbabwe

It will now be interesting to see whether they would manage to break that record.Zimbabwe, on the other hand, are seeking their first-ever Test win against Sri Lanka.

Karunaratne advocated the need for Sri Lanka to remain positive in their approach, citing the obvious threat of going into a shell.

The touring side, who also won their maiden one-day worldwide series against Sri Lanka which finished last week, reached 252-6 in their second innings at the close of play for an overall lead of 262 runs.

However, Upul Tharanga made 71 while Dinesh Chandimal hit 55 and skipper Angelo Mathews chipped in with 41 as the hosts closed in on the Zimbabwe total. Sri Lanka used a review to overturn the decision.

Cremer, who had got Kusal Mendis caught behind for 11 before tea, struck twice in the final session of play to put the hosts in trouble at 238-6.

"We have created history in the ODI series and we have a great chance here as well". Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis then took their side past 100-run mark and added a half-century stand. That ended a flourishing innings from a man who entertained the sparsely crowd with some lovely shots around the ground. Cremer claimed his third when Niroshan Dickwella had his stumps rattled when he attempted to cut as a thick inside edged cannoned into the stumps.

The left-handed batsman held on with Donald Tiripano (24 not out) at the end of play, putting on a frustrating 62-run stand for the ninth wicket.

Raza was bowled for 127 after attempting an audacious reverse sweep off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who took his overall match tally to 10 with a five-for in each innings.

He was able to bat but visibly struggled and will not take to the field in the second innings.

Overnight batsmen Malcolm Waller (68) and Raza, who started the day on 97, were the two wickets to fall in the morning session after Zimbabwe resumed the day on 252-6 in the one-off Test.

Herath stars with the ball by taking his 30th five-wicket hall. Tail-ender Tiripano's removal for 27 gave Rangana Herath figures of five for 116.

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