COLOMBO, July 16: Captain Graeme Cremer took three wickets to help Zimbabwe restrict Sri Lanka to 293-7 at stumps on the second day Saturday of the one-off cricket test.
Zimbabwe made 356 in its first innings and leads the host by 63 runs.
Cremer took the wickets of Kusal Mendis (11), Dinesh Chandimal (55), and Niroshan Dickwella (6) to finish the day with 3-100.
Upul Tharanga top scored for Sri Lanka with 71 before he was run out.
Asela Gunaratne is 24 not out, and Rangana Herath undefeated on 5.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket announced that Gunaratne has a hamstring injury and will not be bowling or fielding for the remainder of the match. He has been recommended to rest for up to 10 days.
Earlier, Craig Ervine made a career-best 160 to help Zimbabwe to a competitive first-innings score after resuming on 344-8 on Saturday. He faced 256 deliveries and hit 13 boundaries and a six for his second test century. Cremer’s was the last Zimbabwe wicket to fall.
No other Zimbabwe batsman reached 50.
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath returned 5-116, his 30th five-wicket haul in a test innings.