Zimbabwe Select XI v Sri Lankans, Bulawayo, 3rd day November 14, 2008

Sri Lanka dominate between the rain

Cricinfo staff in Bulawayo

Sri Lankans 567 for 4 (Sangakkara 174, Kapugedera 150, Kapugedera ) lead Zimbabwe Select XI 159 by 408 runs

Sri Lanka ensured that they made the most of a rain-hit third day, as Chamara Kapugedera reached 150 to guide his side to a dominating 564 for 4. Zimbabwe's bowlers were spared further punishment when the rain came tumbling down shortly after lunch.

Only 38 overs were possible, and Zimbabwe's bowlers only managed to pick one wicket which again demonstrated the enormous gulf in class between the two sides. With the first ODI only six days away, Sri Lanka are looking in ruthless form.

That trend continued today. Kapugedera was unbeaten on 117 at the start of the day and added went on to reach 150, joining Kumar Sangakkara in reaching the milestone. In all, he cracked 14 fours and two sixes before retiring himself, content with a decent workout in the middle.

Zimbabwe broke through when Prosper Utseya had Jehan Mubarak caught behind for 22, but not before Kandamby had stroked 55 from 116 balls to extend Sri Lanka's lead past the 400 mark. Further play was possible after the rain fell, but with pools of water on the outfield, the umpires were forced to call play off 25 minutes early and more poor weather is forecast for the final day tomorrow.