29.1 that seemed to be heading down leg but Simon Fry doesn't think so. It was a length ball that pitched on middle. Mawoyo misses the flick and is rapped on the pads after the ball turns. It definitely seemed like that would miss leg as the ball trickles down to fine leg. They think of a leg bye even as the umpire raises his finger. Replays show that the ball would have missed even a fourth stump after the leg stick 68/2
    16.4 oh, knocked him over! Chari is caught on the crease and is beaten by the extra pace on that delivery. 141 kph. It was short of good length and Chari was stuck to the crease. Doesn't bring out his back foot to cover his stumps and sticks his bat out. The ball darts back in after landing and takes out his stumps 31/1
    32.3 another one that tails back in sharply. It was back of a length and Masakadza was on to the front foot, looking to defend. But the ball spits back in and raps him on the pad in front of middle. Looked plumb and umpire Ian Gould takes little time in giving that 74/4
    31.3 beautifully bowled! This one was plumb. It was pitched on a length and angled down the leg side. But it straightens and turns away late. Ervine presents a straight bat on the front foot but he has no clue about that. The ball hits him on the back pad and the umpire needs little time to raise his finger. Did one of the cracks come into play there? Seems like. 74/3
    62.4 and the captain gets a crucial, critical strike! It's on a length outside off, and Williams plays back to it. It doesn't turn in, just goes on with the arm, and Williams plays for turn and gets an edge that de Silva snaps up at slip 139/7
    32.5 and that's another one. Zimbabwe are falling apart here. Lakmal gets another one to move back in late. Waller gets forward to defend but the ball beats his inside edge and raps him on the knee roll. Replays show that it would have hit the inside part of the off stump 74/5
    42.6 reverse swing again! It was short of good length and nips back in sharply . Doesn't bounce anywhere near as much as a ball at that length should have. But it still struck Moor quite high. He was leaping up too and the ball clipped him on the front pad. The incoming angle made it tricky, but it probably would have clipped leg stump. But height was definitely a factor there. Replays confirm that the ball would have headed over leg stump 100/6
    87.2 oh my, what has Graeme Cremer done? He's batted so well, so solidly, across two innings, resisted everything Sri Lanka have thrown at him, and now he steps out to Rangana Herath and gets out to a rather unwise shot. Looks to work him across the line, against the turn, from outside off stump, but Herath's flight is too deceptive for him. Dips, doesn't turn as much as he expects, and goes through the gap between bat and pad, leaving Kusal Perera to do the rest 183/9
    68.1 huge, confident appeal for lbw and given! It was an arm ball on off stump. Tiripano presses forward to defend and is probably beaten by the pace as he is struck on the pad. The umpire takes little time to raise his finger, but replays show tat there was a huge inside edge 145/8
    not out
    90.3 oh, bowled him! And that is the end of a stoic resistance from Zimbabwe. Coming to the delivery, it was on a length and on off stump channel. Mpofu presses forward but plays down the wrong line, keeps his bat inside the line and the ball spins back in to take out his off-stump 186/10
    19 (b 5, lb 13, w 1)
    186 all out (90.3 Overs, 382 minutes)
    RAS Lakmal24.064321.7900
    HMRKB Herath30.0133831.2600
    CBRLS Kumara19.034522.3610
    MDK Perera15.343432.1900
    BKG Mendis2.01804.0000
    Fall of wickets:1-31 (BB Chari, 16.4 ov), 2-68 (TMK Mawoyo, 29.1 ov), 3-74 (CR Ervine, 31.3 ov), 4-74 (H Masakadza, 32.3 ov), 5-74 (MN Waller, 32.5 ov), 6-100 (PJ Moor, 42.6 ov), 7-139 (SC Williams, 62.4 ov), 8-145 (DT Tiripano, 68.1 ov), 9-183 (AG Cremer, 87.2 ov), 10-186 (CB Mpofu, 90.3 ov)

Close of Play

  • Sat, 29 Oct - day 1 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 317/4 (WU Tharanga 13*, DM de Silva 10*, 90 ov)
  • Sun, 30 Oct - day 2 - Zimbabwe 1st innings 88/1 (TMK Mawoyo 41*, H Masakadza 33*, 23 ov)
  • Mon, 31 Oct - day 3 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 5/0 (FDM Karunaratne 1*, JK Silva 3*, 3 ov)
  • Tue, 1 Nov - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 247/6d
  • Wed, 2 Nov - day 5 - Zimbabwe 2nd innings 186 (90.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes