Sri Lanka chase down record total for victory over Zimbabwe in one-off Test

By AFP | July 18, 2017

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The win was a boost for new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal and eased Sri Lanka's pain after a shock defeat in the one-day series against Zimbabwe. © AFP

Fighting half-centuries by Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne sparked Sri Lanka to a record 388 target to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets Tuesday in a pulsating end to the one-off Test.

A crucial 121-run sixth-wicket stand between Gunaratne (80 not out) and Dickwella (81) secured Sri Lanka's best-ever run chase in Colombo.

Sri Lanka's previous best was against South Africa in 2006, when they achieved a 352-run target. The fourth innings total against Zimbabwe was also the highest in Asia and fifth highest in Tests.

The win was a boost for new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal and eased Sri Lanka's pain after a shock defeat in the one-day series against the minnows.

[ Watch: Highlights - Day 3, Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, Only Test, 2017 ]

Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer claimed four wickets with his leg-spin to return overall figures of 9-275 at the R. Premadasa Stadium.

Man of the match Gunaratne anchored the chase to perfection after Dickwella's departure, putting on an unbeaten 67-run partnership with Dilruwan Perera (29 not out).

Gunaratne, who played most of the Test as a batsman after injuring his hamstring in the first innings, tackled the Zimbabwe spinners with ease during his 151-ball stay.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dickwella rode his luck to reach 81 before being caught behind off left-arm spinner Sean Williams while attemping an audacious reverse sweep.

Dickwella first survived a stumping chance from Sikandar Raza's off-spin on 37 and was then dropped by wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva on 63 to put the hosts on course for a win.

Dickwella's stumping reprieve cost the visitors dearly after it was referred to the third umpire, who ruled him not out despite replays showing his toe was on the crease - a case where the batsman can be given out.

© Agence France-Presse

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Anonymous1's picture

Well done Sri Lanka!
Good team work.
Dickwell should improve his keeping and we will have a great wicket-keeper batsman.
Good luck for the Indian tour!

Tissa48's picture

See what a Sinhala captain can do??? Bring on the Indians!!!!

Ganga's picture

Chandimal made ZERO contribution in this victory. ZIM went from 5 down for under 100 to setting a target of 388 because of bad captaincy and negative placing of fielders.

Sunny's picture

@Tissa48 Why are you bringing that into it? It's not like Chandimal captained brilliantly, they scored 377 runs after being 24-4 and 59-5. We won because of Herath and many individual batting performances, not because Chandimal is a Sinhalese captain.

Laz's picture

@Tissa48, I'm a Sinhalese and as a Sinhalese I'm ashamed of people like you! It's because of people like you Sri Lanka as a country, not just the cricket team is in turmoil. What pathetic, Neanderthal thinking on your part.

I don't agree chandimal didn't contribute. Yes Zim went on to score 350+ but Chandi cannot be put solely to blame. One zim batted well, and two, we balled badly. It's his first real stint as captain and with experience he will be a good captain hopefully. And no, not because he is a Sinhalese.

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Tissa48 find a kids blog mate - this is the game we love.

What a show by SL and I honestly thought this was new low but it's thankfully a new high! What a day in cricket can make. Full credit to Asela and Niroshan and also Dilruwan for two small critical knocks with the bat.

Yes its a win and yes its a record but the reality is this is major concern. Firstly, Zim are under ground as far as test cricket goes. Secondly, the expectation was to bat once and make Zim chase the game. The fact that had their noses ahead till probably the last session of the test match is a serious worry for us.

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Tissa48 find a kids blog mate - this is the game we love.

What a show by SL and I honestly thought this was new low but it's thankfully a new high! What a day in cricket can make. Full credit to Asela and Niroshan and also Dilruwan for two small critical knocks with the bat.

Yes its a win and yes its a record but the reality is this is major concern. Firstly, Zim are under ground as far as test cricket goes. Secondly, the expectation was to bat once and make Zim chase the game. The fact that had their noses ahead till probably the last session of the test match is a serious worry for us.

Great Bat's picture

Isn't that pretty sad when someone brings the race as an issue. I agree with stromy. People with that kind of attitude should be kept away from this site. I don't understand what is the admin of this site is doing?

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