Seamers toil as Sri Lanka eye monster first innings
Zimbabwe’s seam attack proved blunt on day 1 of the first test against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.
The Chevrons went into the match with Christopher Mpofu, Carl Mumba and Donald Tiripano as their frontline attack but were luckless on a pitch that offered very little.
Mumba would have considered himself unlucky after Sean Williams dropped Dimuth Karunaratre with his first ball to deny him a dream debut.
Captain Graeme Cremer broke the opening stand which threatened to be a record one against Zimbabwe for Sri Lanka when he removed Karunaratre for 48.
Kaushal Silva threw it away when he fell to Malcolm Waller six short of a back-to-back 100 in tests.
Cremer put pulled Sri Lanka with two wickets later accounting for Kussal Mendis for 34 and Kusal Perera whose 113 was his maiden century in the long format as the visitors ended the day on 317-4.
Coach Heath Streak will have to find a way to turn this around against a team Zimbabwe has not beaten in 15 ties losing 10 times in the process.
This could get monster really quickly.
Play resumes on Sunday at 10am.