Day 5

36dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Cremer proud despite 'rollercoaster of emotions'

Zimbabwe's captain said the team had chinks to work out - particularly with their bowling - and hoped this performance would get them the regular cricket needed for that

36dESPNcricinfo staff

When underdogs came painfully close

In the wake of Zimbabwe's defeat to Sri Lanka, after being in control for the best part of five days, we look at other instances where underdogs have fumbled positions of strength

Day 4

37dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Mendis solid, SL need 218 on final day

Graeme Cremer stuck himself into Sri Lanka's flesh on the fourth day, first making a stubborn 48 from No. 9, then claiming two wickets, as Zimbabwe dismissed three Sri Lankan batsmen in their defense of 388

37dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Karunaratne urges positivity over survival

Seeing out Graeme Cremer and staying positive will reverse a little pressure and bring a mammoth 388 target within reach, according to Dimuth Karunaratne

Day 3

Day 2

39dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

'Lead will be a bonus' - Streak

With one eye on how difficult it will be to bat in the fourth inning in Colombo, Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak is keen on securing a first-innings lead

Day 1

40dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Ervine's 151* headlines Zimbabwe's day

A career-best unbeaten 151 from Craig Ervine held a resurgent Zimbabwe together on the first day at the Premadasa Stadium, lifting them from a shaky 70 for 4 to a stumps total of 344 for 8

40dAndrew Fidel Fernando

'Expected little more bounce' - Gurusinha

Sri Lanka's cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said the team was slightly let down by lack of bounce and slow pace of the the R Premadasa Stadium surface

Others

38dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Pitch eased out during Zimbabwe revival - SL coach

The soft ball turned less sharply off the pitch and the Khettarama surface itself has become easier to bat on, according to Sri Lanka's interim head coach Nic Pothas, thus allowing Zimbabwe's revival

36dESPNcricinfo staff

The strangest match awards

Rangana Herath was just named Man of the Series for a one-match series, but that's not the strangest match award that's been handed out

41dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Cremer backs Zimbabwe to counter Herath

Rangana Herath had taken 19 wickets in two Tests against Zimbabwe in 2016 - and that was away from home. Now, Zimbabwe have to battle him in his own backyard

Multiple centurions

2000

The last time multiple Zim batsmen scored hundreds in a Test against an opposition other than B'desh. In 2000, the Flower brothers and Campbell scored 100s v India