32.1 this is unbelievable! Have they flown in a pitch specifically for this ball? Oh, huge turn from outside off. It's a short ball. Dimuth doesn't want to play a loose shot. He's done nothing wrong. Wants to leave this wide one and take a breath before the next ball. Instead, he watches this rip into him ferociously and hit the top of off! 108/2
    19.2 got him! Tossed up from over the wicket, middle stump line. Rises on him as he looks to turn it into the leg side. Inside edge onto thigh guard, lobs to backward short leg. The good balls are coming rarely, but the field was perfect for this one 58/1
    53.3 oh, goodness! Mendis, what have you done! Mendis can't believe himself nor can anyone at the ground. Stunned silence. Mendis gets down for a sweep. It's quite full and Mendis probably intended to go squarer. Ends up shovelling it and the ball lobs to the right of mid-on off the top-edge. Massive, massive blow for Sri Lanka. If they lose this, Mendis isn't going to sleep for a few night. Williams didn't pick the ball initially but manages to make the adjustment and run to his right to snaffle it 178/4
    37.1 edged and taken. Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble. And it's Cremer again. Draws the batsman forward with a nicely looped up length ball. Chandimal pushes forward and gets a thick outside edge that just about escapes past the right of the keeper's glove but not the waiting hands of first slip 133/3
    61.4 oh, dear! That's as soft a dismissal as you'll ever see. Catching practice for Cremer and the Zimbabwe captain has his fourth wicket. It's a nothing full ball, harmless as they come, and all Mathews does is chip a lazy drive straight back to the bowler. Both overnight batsmen dismissed now 203/5
    92.4 Dickwella ventures a reverse sweep and gloves it behind. Chakabva clings onto this chance. This was liberally tossed up outside off, breaks back in from the rough with extra bounce, foiling Dickwella's attempt to dink it away fine. Loops off the glove and Chakabva makes amends this time. Zimbabwe still have some hope. Dickwella falls for a career-best 81 324/6
    not out
    not out
    19 (b 9, lb 8, w 2)
    391/6 (114.5 Overs, RR: 3.40, 441 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-58 (WU Tharanga, 19.2 ov), 2-108 (FDM Karunaratne, 32.1 ov), 3-133 (LD Chandimal, 37.1 ov), 4-178 (BKG Mendis, 53.3 ov), 5-203 (AD Mathews, 61.4 ov), 6-324 (N Dickwella, 92.4 ov)
    Sikandar Raza13.015804.4600
    SC Williams43.5214623.3320
    AG Cremer48.0615043.1200
    MN Waller4.001002.5000
    CB Mpofu6.031001.6600

Close of Play

  • Fri, 14 Jul - day 1 - Zimbabwe 1st innings 344/8 (CR Ervine 151*, DT Tiripano 24*, 90 ov)
  • Sat, 15 Jul - day 2 - Sri Lanka 1st innings 293/7 (DAS Gunaratne 24*, HMRKB Herath 5*, 83 ov)
  • Sun, 16 Jul - day 3 - Zimbabwe 2nd innings 252/6 (Sikandar Raza 97*, MN Waller 57*, 68 ov)
  • Mon, 17 Jul - day 4 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 170/3 (BKG Mendis 60*, AD Mathews 17*, 48 ov)
  • Tue, 18 Jul - day 5 - Sri Lanka 2nd innings 391/6 (114.5 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

Multiple centurions


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