Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 1: Perera scores maiden hundred as Sri Lanka dominate opening day

Perera struck 15 boundaries and two sixes during his career-best knock of 110

Perera struck 15 boundaries and two sixes during his career-best knock of 110

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Kusal Perera scored his maiden Test century as Sri Lanka made Zimbabwe toil on the first day of the first Test in Harare.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a fantastic start as Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva amassed a 123-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Karunaratne was dismissed by Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer for 56 off 110 balls, which included seven boundaries.

Karunaratne (left) and Silva (right) both made half-centuries

Karunaratne (left) and Silva (right) both made half-centuries

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Silva and Perera kept the runs flowing with a 75-run stand, the majority of which was dominated by Perera, before Silva fell to Malcolm Waller on 94, which came off 194 deliveries and included 11 boundaries.

Sri Lanka continued to take the attack to Zimbabwe as Perera and Kusal Mendis put together an 84-run partnership, during which Perera sailed past his first Test hundred, before he was removed by Waller for a career-best 110, which came off 121 balls and included 15 boundaries and two sixes.

Mendis went on to score 34 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Cremer, but Upul Tharanga and Dhananjaya de Silva ensured no more wickets fell as they accumulated an unbeaten 10-run partnership before stumps was called.

Tharanga finished on 13 off 40 balls, which included one boundary, while De Silva also struck one boundary during his knock of 10 not out, which came off 25 deliveries.

Cremer was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Waller claimed one.

Sri Lanka ended day one on 317/4 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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