Flashes of poor bowling and good luck balance first day out for Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe will go into the second day of the second test against Sri Lanka on Monday knowing they probably conceded close to 100 more runs than they should have at Harare Sports Club.
Sri Lanka ended the day on 290-5 with Dhamanjaya de Silva on 100. That is his third century in three matches have notched up one in the final test matches against Australia in Sri Lanka.
Zimbabwe had made inroads early on after winning the toss and putting the tourists in. Hamilton Masakadza accounted for the first two wickets.
At one point it was 112-4 and a 300 looked a distance by then. But a record fifth wicket partnership between de Silva and Uupul Tharanga brought the game back to life, the latter falling for 79. Tharanga became the first player to fall by DRS to Zimbabwe having first not been given out before the decision was overturned after review.
Earlier Chris Mpofu struck with the wicket of and Kaushal Silva, bringing a ball back to trap him lbw for a sound innings of 37, at 84 for three. it was the first lbw decision given against Sri Lanka.
Ironically, Silva called for the DRS too late (there is a 15-second period before option lapses), and the replay showed the ball was narrowly missing the leg stump.
Zimbabwe toiled for long periods, regular boundaries all over the place meant that pressure was often released from the visiting batsmen.
Play resumes at 10am local time on Monday.