Zimbabwe Select v Sri Lanka A, Bulawayo, 2nd day October 23, 2007

Meek Zimbabwe slip against Sri Lanka A

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Sri Lanka A 256 and 128 for 3 (Kaushal Silva 44*, Dilshan 30*) lead Zimbabwe Select 96 (Herath 4-25) by 288 runs

Sri Lanka A took control of proceedings on day two at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, dismissing a lowly Zimbabwe Select for 96 and then taking a 288-run lead by stumps.

Zimbabwe had done well to restrict Sri Lanka to 245 for 8 on day one, and then dismiss them for 256 early in the first session, but their batting was deplorable. In no time, they were 23 for 4 as medium-pacers Nuwan Kulasekara and Sujeewa de Silva made early inroads. Stuart Matsikenyeri top-scored with 20 from 53 deliveries as left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, with 12 Tests and six ODIs under his belt, ripped through the lower order to finish with 4 for 25.

In their second innings, Sri Lanka lost Tharanga Paranavitana and Malinda Warnapura cheaply but Mahela Udawatte's 51-ball 44 and an unbeaten partnership of 70 between captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and wicketkeeper Kaushal Silva rounded off a good day.