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Craig Ervine’s unbeaten 151 leads Zimbabwe recovery vs Sri Lanka

Craig Ervine rescued Zimbabwe’s innings after the middle-order bat scored an unbeaten 151 on the first day of the lone Test vs Sri Lanka in Colombo.

cricket Updated: Jul 14, 2017 18:12 IST
Reuters, Colombo
Craig Ervine,Zimbabwe national cricket team,Sri Lanka national cricket team
Zimbabwe cricketer Craig Ervine (L) celebrates after scoring a century during the first day of the one-off Test against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 14.(AFP)

Craig Ervine hit an unbeaten 151 for his highest score as Zimbabwe recovered from a shaky start to reach 344 for eight at stumps against hosts Sri Lanka on the opening day of the one-off test at R. Premadasa Stadium.

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Sri Lanka’s spin spearhead Rangana Herath struck early as Zimbabwe were reduced to 38-3 after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

But left-handed Ervine, who hit his second test hundred, compiled two half-century partnerships with Sikandar Raza (36) and Malcolm Waller (36) to lead the fightback for Zimbabwe, who beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in the recent one-day international series.

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Left-arm spinner Herath finished as the most successful bowler with four wickets for 106 Sri Lanka, who were playing the first match under new test captain Dinesh Chandimal.

First Published: Jul 14, 2017 18:08 IST