SRI LANKA’S Lahiuru Kumara dives to stop a boundary during the first Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Monday.—AP
SRI LANKA’S Lahiuru Kumara dives to stop a boundary during the first Test against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on Monday.—AP

HARARE: Left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya took five wickets as Sri Lanka bowled out hosts Zimbabwe out for 358 on day two of the first Test at the Harare Sports Club on Monday, but the home side will be pleased with their batting efforts on their return to Test cricket.

The tourists reached the close at 42-1 in their reply, a deficit of 316 runs that they will seek to wipe out on a slow pitch on day three in the first match of a two-Test series.

Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (12 not out) and Kusal Mendis (6 not out) are at the crease after Sri Lanka lost opener Oshada Fernando for 21, bowled by Donald Tiripano with the seamer’s first ball in the match.

Zimbabwe had resumed on the second morning on 189-2, but lost Brendan Taylor (21) early when he was trapped leg before by seamer Suranga Lakmal (3-53), who also accounted for top scorer Craig Ervine (85).

Embuldeniya (5-115) then ate into the middle order, removing captain Sean Williams (18), the dangerous Sikandar Raza (41) and Regis Chakabva (8). He claimed his second five-wicket haul in tests when he bowled Kyle Jarvis for one.

Zimbabwe batted for 148 overs for their 358, showing great patience at the crease as they made Sri Lanka toil for their wickets.

The tour was hastily arranged, having only been announced on Jan. 8. Zimbabwe, returning to Test cricket for the first time since their tour of Bangladesh in 2018, were briefly suspended by the International Cricket Council last year because of government interference in the sport, but were reinstated in October.

Scoreboard

ZIMBABWE (1st Innings, overnight 189-2):

P.S. Masvaure c Karunaratne b Embuldeniya 55

K.T. Kasuza lbw b Kumara 63

C.R. Ervine b Lakmal 85

B.R.M. Taylor lbw b Lakmal 21

S.C. Williams c Dickwella b Embuldeniya 18

Sikandar Raza st Dickwella b Embuldeniya 41

R.W. Chakabva c Mathews b Embuldeniya 8

D.T. Tiripano not out 44

K.M. Jarvis b Embuldeniya 1

A. Ndlovu c Mendis b Kumara 5

V.M. Nyauchi c sub b Lakmal 11

EXTRAS (LB-4, NB-2) 6

TOTAL (all out, 148 overs) 358

FALL OF WKTS: 1-96, 2-164, 3-208, 4-247, 5-247, 6-266, 7-307, 8-309, 9-328.

BOWLING: Lakmal 27-10-53-3; Rajitha

29-9-55-0; Embuldeniya 42-12-114-5; Kumara 29-9-82-2; de Silva 21-8-50-0 (2nb).

SRI LANKA (1st Innings):

F.D.M. Karunaratne not out 12

B.O.P. Fernando b Tiripano 21

B.K.G. Mendis not out 6

EXTRAS (LB-3) 3

TOTAL (for one wkt, 14 overs) 42

FALL OF WKT: 1-32.

TO BAT: A.D. Mathews, L.D. Chandimal, D.M. de Silva, N. Dickwella, R.A.S. Lakmal, L. Embuldeniya, C.A.K. Rajitha, C.B.R.L.S. Kumara.

BOWLING (to-date): Jarvis 7-2-20-0; Nyauchi 5-1-14-0; Tiripano 2-0-5-1.

Published in Dawn, January 21st, 2020