Cremer, Mendis duel sets up tantalising final day

Zimbabwean skipper got the ball to grip, turn and trouble the Sri Lanka batsmen on day 4 of the only test in Colombo.

FILE: Graeme Cremer in action versus Sri Lanka in Harare PIC: Zim Cricket

Having helped set up a 388 target thanks to a 48, Cremer bowled 19 overs on the trot in a session in which the pace bowlers were used as fielders.

In it he took care of Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal while a devil of a ball from Sean Williams clean bowled the dangerous looking Dinesh Karunaratne.

At 170-3 Kusal Mendis on 60 along with former skipper Angelo Matthews hold the hope for the hosts who need 218 more runs to win on the final day.

Indeed Cremer passed the bat of both batsmen at the crease a few times as the the ball turned on a sixpence. An attack of the cramps meant Mendis had the medics on a few times.

Meanwhile, Sikandar Raza took just two minutes from his overnight score to get his maiden century before being bowled attemptimng a reverse sweep to Rangana Herath.

Herath added six wickets to his five in the first innings.

Play resumes at 6.30am Zimbabwe time.