Harare, Jan 22 (AFP): Angelo Mathews struck his greatest Test rating with an unbeaten double century on Wednesday as Sri Lanka left Zimbabwe fighting to conserve the series opener entering into the last day at Harare.
Former skipper Mathews eclipsed his previous Test finest of 160 and ended up 200 not out after a marathon knock covering 468 balls, as Sri Lanka stated their very first innings on 515 for 9.
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Zimbabwe, playing their very first Test considering that November 2018, ended the 4th day on 30 without loss and tracking by 127 follows Brian Mudzinganyama was prepared in as a concussion alternative to opener Kevin Kasuza.
Debutant Kasuza, who made 63 in the very first innings, suffered a postponed concussion after he took a blow to the helmet while fielding at brief leg on Tuesday.
Mudzinganyama ended up being the 4th Zimbabwean to make his Test launching in this match. He was unbeaten on 14 with Prince Masvaure 15 not out at stumps.
The 32- year-old Mathews raised his 10 th Test century, his very first considering that December 2018, in the early morning session and gradually contributed to his overall with substantial assistance from Dhananjaya de Silva and Niroshan Dickwella.
When wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva was not able to hold a tough opportunity off left-arm spinner Ainsley Ndlovu,
He was dropped quickly after reaching his heap.
De Silva and Dickwella both scored 63 however 2 fast wickets for Sikandar Raza, who ended up with 3 for 62, quickened the statement as Mathews reached 200 with a sweep to the square leg border.
With one day staying, the visitors appear the only group efficient in triumph although the pitch looks most likely to have the last word.
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The two-Test trip was just revealed by the Sri Lankan cricket board recently.
Zimbabwe were readmitted as an ICC member in October following a three-month suspension over political disturbance.
The Sri Lanka video games represent their very first Tests considering that a 1-1 series attract Bangladesh in November 2018.
Zimbabwe last played a Test in your home versus the West Indies in October 2017.