Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Only Test Day 1: Ervine’s 151* gives Zimbabwe the edge

Ervine expresses his delight upon bringing up his second Test hundred

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Zimbabwe batsman Craig Ervine put on a show against Sri Lanka on the opening day of the first Test in Colombo as he scored a spectacular 151 not out.

Opting to bat first, Zimbabwe found themselves in trouble early on as Regis Chakabva, Hamilton Masakadza and Tarisai Musakanda were dismissed in quick succession.

With Zimbabwe struggling at 38/3, they were on the road to rebuilding their innings when disaster struck as Sean Williams was sent packing by Dilruwan Perera for 22.

Ervine and Sikandar Raza steadied the ship with an 84-run partnership, during which Ervine surpassed his half-century, before Raza, who made 36, was trapped lbw off the bowling of Rangana Herath, who got rid of Chakabva and Masakadza earlier on.

Wicketkeeper Peter Moor only made 19 before falling to Asela Gunaratne, but Ervine and Malcolm Waller stabilised the innings with a 65-run stand, during which Ervine brought up his hundred, before Waller was clean bowled by Herath for 36.

Herath finished with figures of 4-106 off 30 overs at the end of the first day

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Even though captain Graeme Cremer was on his way back to the pavilion not long after, Ervine and Donald Tiripano ensured Zimbabwe ended the day on a high as they amassed an unbeaten 62-run partnership.

Ervine, whose surpassed his career-best score of 146, finished on 151 off 238 balls, which included 13 boundaries and a six, while Tiripano remained undefeated on 24 off 45 deliveries, which included four boundaries.

Herath was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Gunaratne snapped up two, and Perera and Lahiru Kumara claimed one wicket each.

Zimbabwe ended day one on 344/8 and will continue batting on Saturday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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