ZIM vs SL: Hosts on 189/2 at stumps on Day 1

2020-01-20 at 07:41

Zimbabwe only managed to muster 189 for 2 at stumps on Day One of the First Test against Sri Lanka in Harare.

Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza and Craig Ervine scored half-centuries to frustrate the visitors as they toiled away in front of the partisan crowd on the opening day of the series.

Zimbabwe opted to bat first and then saw openers – Kasuza and Masvaure – score 96 for the first wicket to give the side a steady start.

In the first session, the duo returned unbeaten with 62 on the board as they weathered slow periods but refused to throw away their wickets.

Kasuza was struck on the helmet by Lahiru Kumara but gritted it out and faced 214 balls during his knock of 63.

Masvaure, playing his second Test, notched up his half-century off 122 balls in the 40th over but fell soon after to left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya.

Kasuza got to his maiden half-century in the 60th over – off 178 balls – as he collaborated with Ervine to add 68 for the second wicket.

Lahiru, who was a touch expensive in the first session, bagged the second wicket of the day when he trapped Kasuza in front in the 76th over.

Sri Lanka took the new ball immediately but failed to strike again.

Both Suranga Lakmal and Kasun Rajitha had an economy of less than two and did well to keep things in check.

Ervine was batting on 55 in a 25-run stand with Brendan Taylor when the stumps were drawn early due to bad light.

Day Two of the First Test will get underway from 1.30pm Sri Lanka time.