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Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka steady after Zimbabwe’s batting resurgence

Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando got out after getting starts.

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Zimbabwe. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka didn’t have an overly great outing in the first day’s play owing to Sean Williams’ century. In the second day at the Harare Sports Club, the Islanders were steady against a resurgent Zimbabwe unit. Dimuth Karunaratne and Co are still trailing by 284 runs with eight wickets left in their first innings. The hosts wouldn’t be completely dissatisfied with proceedings on the second day.

Spinner clear up Zimbabwe

Resuming from 352 for six, the home team could only manage 54 runs before getting bowled out for 206. Lasith Embuldeniya was the wreaker in chief in the pre-lunch session. The left-hander spinner removed overnight batter Regis Chakabva (31) to pick the first wicket of the day. Dhananjaya de Silva got rid of Tinotenda Mutombodzi (33), trapping him in front after the batter went for a sweep.

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Embuldeniya then pinned Donald Tiripano, who showed resilience, facing 47 deliveries. Embuldeniya got a four-wicket haul after dismissing Victor Nyauchi. For the Lankans, only left-arm pacer Vishwa Fernando couldn’t get a wicket. Sri Lankan made an impressive start with the bat after the hosts put up the big score. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando didn’t play a shot out of anger.

Sri Lanka plays steadily

The opening duo guided the Lankans to Tea with the score at 88 for no loss in 33 overs. There was no rush of blood from the visitors as Williams and Co found it tough to separate the pair. But in the fourth over of the final session, Sikandar Raza gave Zimbabwe a breather. He struck Karunaratne in front to strike first blood. The Lankan opener was looking good at 44 off 120 with three fours.

A few overs later, Oshada Fernando perished to a drive off Tiripano. The bowler found his outside edge and Chakabva didn’t make any mistake with the keeping gloves. Like Karunaratne, even Fernando got out on 44. From there, Kusal Mendis (19*) and Angelo Mathews (4*) saw off the remaining overs. In the end, rain and bad light intervened to pull the curtains down on the day’s play.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to the day’s play in Harare: –

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