Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Only Test Day 3: Raza leads Zimbabwe’s fightback after Herath’s four-for

Raza led Zimbabwe’s revival with his unbeaten knock of 97

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Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath ripped through Zimbabwe’s batting line-up with a four-wicket haul and left them struggling at 59/5, but Sikandar Raza grabbed the headlines on the third day in Colombo as he scored an unbeaten 97 to help his side’s lead swell to 262 runs.

Raza was well supported by Malcolm Waller, who made an unbeaten 57, and wicketkeeper Peter Moor, who scored 40.

Starting off the day on 293/7, Sri Lanka added 29 runs to their score before Herath was stumped by Regis Chakabva off the bowling of Sean Williams for 22.

Suranga Lakmal managed to score 14, but Sri Lanka were bowled out for 346, which gave Zimbabwe a 10-run lead, when Asela Gunaratne was clean bowled by captain Graeme Cremer for 45.

Cremer was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Williams snapped up two and Donald Tiripano chipped in with one.

With a 10-run lead in hand, Zimbabwe struggled right from the get-go in their second innings as Herath sliced through through their top order.

Herath took out Chakabva, Tarisai Musakanda, Hamilton Masakadza and Williams, while Dilruwan Perera got rid of Craig Ervine, who made a career-best 160 in the first innings, for just five runs.

Herath ended the day with figures of 4-85 off 23 overs

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With Zimbabwe reeling at 59/5, Raza and Moor came to the rescue with an 86-run partnership, during which Raza surpassed his fifty, before Moor was dismissed by Lahiru Kumara for 40.

Raza and Waller kept the runs flowing as they amassed an unbeaten 107-run partnership, during which Waller registered his fifty, before stumps was called.

Raza finished on 97 off 158 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six, while Waller remained undefeated on 57 off 76 deliveries, which included eight boundaries.

Waller struck eight boundaries during his innings of 57 not out

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Herath was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Kumara and Dilruwan claimed one wicket each.

Zimbabwe ended day three on 252/6 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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