Zimbabwe make inroads but Karunaratne fifty builds lead

Lunch Sri Lanka 111 for 3 (Karunaratne 65*) and 537 lead Zimbabwe 373 by 275 runs
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Debutant Carl Mumba plugged away in the channel outside off and bowled Kaushal Silva for 7 © AFP

At the end of the third day’s play Greme Cremer outlined Zimbabwe’s plan: pin down the flow of runs with tight bowling and in-out fields. The hosts stuck to the plan on the fourth morning, and earned three wickets, including one of what turned out to be the last ball of the session. They could have had Karunaratne, on 5, too but their messy fielding effort from the first innings seeped into their second innings too. Karunaratne proceeded to make his second half-century of the match, and ratcheted up Sri Lanka’s lead to 275 at lunch.

Sri Lanka, 5 for 0 overnight, were reduced to 111 for 3. The morning session ended with debutant fast bowler Carl Mumba taking high-fives from his team-mates after coaxing a leading edge from Kusal Mendis.

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Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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