Raza, Waller push Zimbabwe towards big lead

Zimbabwe recovered from 23-4 early on to push to 252-6 on day three of the only test against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

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It was all to a superb 97 not out from Sikandar Raza ably assisted by Malcolm Waller’s petulant 57 not out. Their 107 partnership is the first century one of the match so far.

Earlier Peter Moor had fought well for his 40 but under no pressure, pulled one to square leg.

Overnight Zimbabwe lead by 262 and with Sri Lanka only having chased a score north of 175 four times in their history, Heath Streak’s men will have some confidence.

Earlier captain Graeme Cremer became the first Zimbabwean skipper to grab five wickets in an innings as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 346, ten short of the Chevronss first innings total.

By lunch Rangan Herath had gotten rid of Zimbabwe’s top 3 and Dilruwan Perera accounting for Zimbabwe’s first innings hero Craig Ervine for 5.

23-4 soon became 59-5 with Sean Williams out for 22.

Raza and Moor worked on the innings taking the bowlers with different shots, front foot, back foot and sweeps.

Indeed so confident was Raza that while many would have simply padded the ball to reach end of day, with three balls to go he belligerently heaved on over cover and it bounced, toddled even, off for a four.

Play resumes at 6.30am CAT.