Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Test: Rangana Herath's 13 wickets help visitors to sweep series
New Delhi : Sri Lanka under veteran Rangana Herath humble minnows Zimbabwe in two Test series at Harare Sports Club. The visitors defeated hosts in the second Test with a convincing 257-run victory to sweep it 2-0.
The tourist only took less than an hour in the final day to wrap the series as they just need three wickets. The Lankan skipper finished with 8 for 63 in the second innings, bowling Zimbabwe out for 233.
Sri Lanka’s captain finished with figures of 13 for 152 in the match after his team also won the first Test earlier by 225 runs. Zimbabwe’s only real hope of pushing Sri Lanka on day five rested with Craig Ervine, who began the final day on 65 not out as Zimbabwe resumed on 180 for seven in pursuit of 491 for victory.
But the left-hander was the first batsman to fall on the fifth morning as he was well caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at slip off the bowling of Herath to depart for 72. Zimbabwe lost both the Test matches by large margins, but took both of them into the final day and nearly secured a draw in the first match. They have improved a lot in recent days as they have just won one Test match in four years.
The two teams will play each other in a one-day international on Monday, when a triangular series also involving the West Indies gets underway at the same venue.