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Twitter Reactions: Angelo Mathews slams his maiden double ton to propel Sri Lanka into a dominant position against the hosts

Along with Mathews, De Silva also showed glimpses of his character by scoring a 63-run knock before getting dismissed off Victor Nyauchi.

Angelo Mathews
Angelo Mathews. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It has been a battle of resilience and strength so far at Harare. After a gritty batting display from Zimbabwe in their first innings, Sri Lanka followed the trail to deliver many valiant batting performances in their first innings. Before the conclusion of Day 3, Angelo Mathews had ensured that the visitors don’t face a batting collapse by stitching a crucial 92-run knock.

He was well assisted by Dhananjaya de Silva down the order as the right-hander stitched a 42-run knock to guide his side to a total of 294/4 before the stumps. Carrying on his batting exploits, Mathews scored his maiden Test double century on Day 4 to propel his side to a massive total.

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Mathew’s impressive knock- flaunting his temperament and technique- was a retaliation to Zimbabwe’s composed batting display in their first innings. The 32-year-old boasted his impressive Test record against the hosts to showcase his class at Harare. The all-rounder has nine tons under his belt in Tests combined with an impressive average of 43.87.

Dhananjaya de Silva also assisted Angelo Mathews

Along with Mathews, De Silva also showed glimpses of his character by scoring a 63-run knock before getting dismissed off Victor Nyauchi. The Zimbabwe pacer broke the 98-run stand between De Silva and Mathews with an aim to sweep off Sri Lanka’s tail at the earliest.

However, Niroshan Dickwella showcased his potential and stayed in the middle with Mathews to score vital 63 runs for his side. But Dickwella’s knock was halted by Sikandar Raza as he trapped the left-hander to provide Zimbabwe with a much-needed breakthrough. Dickwella attempted for a sweep but the ball beat him to hit straight on his pads that sent him back to the pavilion.

Suranga Lakmal also played a 27-run cameo post Dickwella’s departure. Sri Lanka eventually declared after amassing 515 runs on the scoreboard. Victor Nyauchi and Sikandar Raza were the picks of Zimbabwe’s bowling attack as both players picked three wickets each along with skipper Sean Williams, who also chipped in two wickets.

Hosts Zimbabwe were unperturbed at the start of their second innings as the opening duo of Brian Mudzinganyama and Prince Masvaure ensured that they don’t lose a wicket before the culmination of Day 4. It will be interesting to witness the temperament of Zimbabwe’s batting force on the fifth and final day of the Test match. Zimbabwe ended Day 4 with the scoreboard displaying 30/0 at the stumps.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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