Sri Lanka Go One Up in Zimbabwe

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Following on from yesterday’s post, today Sri Lanka gained the upper hand in their Test series in Zimbabwe. With only forty-five minutes left in the final session of the match the tourists claimed the wicket of Zimbabwe’s last man Chris Mpofu to secure a 225-run victory. Captain Graeme Cremer was again the hosts’ top scorer (43) but Sean Williams was the only other batsman to reach forty. One major positive to come out of the match for Zimbabwe was the performance of debutant Carl Mumba who registered figures of 4-50 in Sri Lanka’s second innings.

The second Test will like the first be played in Harare and commences on November 6th.

Captain Cremer’s Century

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Congratulations to Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer who yesterday recorded his maiden Test Match century in his country’s 100th Test. Cremer finished unbeaten on 102 as his side were all out for 373 in response to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 537 (Perera 110, Tharanga 110 not out / Cremer 4-142) Sri Lanka are currently 247-6 in their second innings (Karunaratne 110 / Mumba 4-50) and therefore lead by 411 runs. Zimbabwe will have to dig deep in their second innings to avoid defeat but if their batsmen can record yet more scores of 110 then they might have a chance!