Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Only Test Day 4: Sri Lanka lose three after being set 388 to win

Cremer dismissed Tharanga and Chandimal

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Zimbabwe will head into the final day of the one-off Test in Colombo needing just seven wickets to defeat Sri Lanka.

Starting off the day on 252/6, Zimbabwe lost batsman Malcolm Waller early on as he was dismissed by Dilruwan Perera for 68 off 98 balls, which included eight boundaries.

Sikandar Raza, who starred on the third day with an unbeaten 97, went on to score a career-best 127 off 205 deliveries, which included nine boundaries and a six, before he was clean bowled by Rangana Herath.

Raza is over the moon after scoring his maiden Test century

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Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer and Donald Tiripano stabilised the innings with a 55-run partnership before Tiripano was given out lbw off the bowling of Dilruwan for 19.

Zimbabwe ended up being bowled out for 377, which set Sri Lanka a target of 388 to win, when Cremer was removed by Herath for 48.

Herath was the pick of the bowlers with six wickets, while Dilruwan snapped up three and Lahiru Kumara chipped in with one.

Herath finished with figures of 6-133 off 39.1 overs

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Chasing 388 to win, Sri Lanka got off to a good start as Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga amassed a 58-run partnership before Tharanga was sent packing by Cremer for 27.

Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis kept the runs flowing with a 50-run stand before Karunaratne was clean bowled by Sean Williams for 49.

Captain Dinesh Chanidmal fell shortly after, but Mendis and Angelo Mathews ensured Sri Lanka made it to stumps without any more dismissals as they put together an unbeaten 37-run partnership, during which Mendis surpassed his fifty.

Mendis struck six boundaries during his unbeaten knock of 60

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Mendis finished on 60 off 85 balls, which included six boundaries, while Mathews remained undefeated on 17 off 33 deliveries, which included a boundary and a six.

Cremer was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Williams claimed one.

Sri Lanka ended day four on 170/3 and will continue batting on Tuesday at 10:00 local time or 04:30 GMT.

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