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1st Test, Harare, Oct 29 - Nov 2 2016, Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe
537 & 247/6d
(90.3 ov, target 412)373 & 186
Sri Lanka won by 225 runs
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• The Report by Deivarayan Muthu

Sri Lanka overcome Zimbabwe's resistance in last-hour win

Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer soaked up 175 balls and 121 dots to lead another lower-order rally, but Sri Lanka dug deep into their reserves to secure a hard-earned victory with 45 balls to spare

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Commentator: Akshay Gopalakrishnan
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka537/10(155 overs)1st INNINGS
Kusal Perera110 (121)
Upul Tharanga*110 (208)
Graeme Cremer4/142(42)
Chris Mpofu2/96(31)
Zimbabwe373/10(107.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Graeme Cremer*102 (207)
Peter Moor79 (84)
Sri Lanka247/6(61.5 overs)2nd INNINGS
Zimbabwe186/10(90.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

What a match to mark Zimbabwe's centenary Test! We hope you enjoyed our coverage of this match. I certainly enjoyed bringing it to you. Elsewhere, in Sharjah, there is another thriller going on with West Indies closing in on a memorable win against Pakistan, and a thrilling final day awaits. Hope to see you then. Cheers!

Simbarashe: "The result is bittersweet for Zimbabwe. Great fight but a miss is as good as a mile. When you fight like that you have come through! Well done to both teams. I thoroughly enjoyed this match!"

Rangana Herath - Not at all, actually. It was difficult in the first session as there was nothing happening on this surface. At the end, we did get some help from the pitch for the fast bowlers. We had a plan because we cannot rely on the weather, so we had a plan and we stuck to it. You never know what time the weather would intervene. Captaincy was a new experience and I enjoyed every moment of it. So far, I have really enjoyed every moment of it, and hopefully, it will be the same in future.

Graeme Cremer is the Man of the Match

Graeme Cremer - "Yeah, definitely upset that we couldn't last the couple of overs. But to last that long was good for Test cricket and lot of positives to take from it. Sri Lanka is a quality unit, but just happy to score some runs for the team when they were in a bit of trouble. Very tough, I thought it (batting) was a lot tougher today. They were bowling well."

What a final day! Zimbabwe fought valiantly till the very end. Not many might have imagined that they would last well into the final hour at the start of the Test. But they did, and it made for some riveting Test match cricket, contrary to what is indicated by the 225-run margin of Sri Lanka's win, which doesn't really paint the whole picture of how valiantly Zimbabwe fought. And it was their captain Graeme Cremer who led the way with a rearguard century in the first innings and again top-scoring with 43 in the second after walking out to a tough situation. Zimbabwe were on the receiving end of a few umpiring blunders. But for those harsh decisions, who knows what could have happened?

90.3
W
Perera to Mpofu, OUT

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

Chris Mpofu b MDK Perera 0 (12m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
90.2
Perera to Mpofu, no run

waits in the crease and dabs it wide of forward short leg

90.1
Perera to Mpofu, no run

flat ball that keeps low after landing on a length, fends it off to midwicket

end of over 90Maiden
ZIM: 186/9CRR: 2.06 
Carl Mumba10 (62)
Chris Mpofu0 (5)
Rangana Herath30-13-38-3
Suranga Lakmal24-6-43-2
89.6
Herath to Mumba, no run

floated up slower and fuller, defended into the off side, inside-out

89.5
Herath to Mumba, no run

length ball pitching on leg stump, keeps his pad out of the way to defend to silly point

The light's just beginning to fade now as Herath goes over the wicket

89.4
Herath to Mumba, no run

another slider. This one's looped up, pitching outside off. Stretches out to defend and gets another inside edge into the leg side

89.3
Herath to Mumba, no run

length ball outside off, left alone

89.2
Herath to Mumba, no run

ooh, the slider, going on towards middle and off. Mumba's pad is almost in the way but he somehow brings his bat out in front of it, just in the nick of time, to inside-edge into the leg side

89.1
Herath to Mumba, no run

full on middle, defended back to the bowler

end of over 893 runs
ZIM: 186/9CRR: 2.08 
Chris Mpofu0 (5)
Carl Mumba10 (56)
Suranga Lakmal24-6-43-2
Rangana Herath29-12-38-3
88.6
Lakmal to Mpofu, no run

ooh, excellent delivery, angling in from wider of the crease, nice and full, and it was lbw, hitting middle stump, had Mpofu not managed to jam his bat down and get an inside-edge on it, through backward square leg

88.5
3
Lakmal to Mumba, 3 runs

low full-toss on off stump, pushed into the vacant mid-off region and they pick up three, leaving Mpofu on strike for the last ball of the over

88.4
Lakmal to Mumba, no run

shortish, fourth-stump line, jumps across to defend with an open face towards backward point

88.3
Lakmal to Mumba, no run

length ball on middle stump, defended back down the pitch, good stride forward and head over the ball

Saahil Sharma: "Graeme Cremer's determination and courageous batting reminds me of Daniel Vettori playing a similar role for NZ. Vettori was a classic example of a bowler punching way above their weight with their batting."

88.2
Lakmal to Mumba, no run

full outswinger, too wide of off to make Mumba play

88.1
Lakmal to Mumba, no run

length ball sliding down leg. Mumba looks to flick, doesn't get any bat on it

end of over 88Wicket maiden
ZIM: 183/9CRR: 2.07 
Chris Mpofu0 (4)
Carl Mumba7 (51)
Rangana Herath29-12-38-3
Suranga Lakmal23-6-40-2
87.6
Herath to Mpofu, no run

floated up on leg stump, defended towards mid-on

87.5
Herath to Mpofu, no run

length ball on off stump, blocked firmly to silly point

87.4
Herath to Mpofu, no run

full on off stump, gets forward to smother it

87.3
Herath to Mpofu, no run

teasingly tossed up on off stump, and he pushes his bat a long way in front of his pad to defend into the covers

10.4 overs remain as Christopher Mpofu joins his new-ball partner at the crease. Just one wicket to get for Sri Lanka.

87.2
W
Herath to Cremer, OUT

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

Graeme Cremer st †MDKJ Perera b Herath 43 (175m 144b 5x4 0x6) SR: 29.86
Best performances - batters
Kusal Perera portrait
MDKJ Perera
110 runs (121)
15 fours
2 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
on drive
26 runs
3 fours
1 six
50141621241416
Dimuth Karunaratne portrait
FDM Karunaratne
110 runs (173)
7 fours
0 six
Control86%
Productive shot
flick
26 runs
0 four
0 six
61313152411127
Best performances - bowlers
Graeme Cremer
AG Cremer
O
42
M
6
R
142
W
4
ECO
3.38
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
1W
CT Mumba
O
11.5
M
2
R
50
W
4
ECO
4.22
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Harare Sports Club
TossSri Lanka, elected to bat first
SeriesSri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe
Season2016/17
Player Of The Match
Graeme Cremer
Graeme Cremer
Series resultSri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2228
Hours of play (local time)09.30 start, Lunch 11.30-12.10, Tea 14.10-14.30, Close 16.30
Match days29,30,31 October 1,2 November 2016 - day(5-day match)
Test debut
Asela Gunaratne
Asela Gunaratne
Carl Mumba
Carl Mumba
Lahiru Kumara
Lahiru Kumara
Umpires
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Ian Gould
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Simon Fry
TV Umpire
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Jeremiah Matibiri
Reserve Umpire
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Russell Tiffin
Match Referee
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Chris Broad