Zim v SL: Rare Tharanga ton extends visitor's advantage

Zimbabwe faces a daunting task to avoid defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka, reaching stumps on Day Two in Harare 449 runs behind and with nine wickets remaining in its first innings. 

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Upul Tharanga scored his second Test century.

Zimbabwe faces a daunting task to avoid defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka, reaching stumps on Day Two in Harare 449 runs behind and with nine wickets remaining in its first innings. 

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Sri Lanka was dominant in reaching 317 for 4 on the opening day of the match and duly extended its advantage against the outclassed host on Sunday. Upul Tharanga finished unbeaten on 110 after scoring his team's second century of the innings, Kusal Perera notching the same score a day earlier.

It was Tharanga's first hundred since 2006, the 31-year-old having not played Test cricket between 2007 and 2014, as he helped to guide the tourist to 537 all out. Zimbabwe reached 88 for 1 in reply, losing Brian Chari (5) lbw to Rangana Herath, in what was his first over bowling as Sri Lanka captain.

Tino Mawoyo and Hamilton Masakadza will face the challenge of trying to chip away at the visitor's commanding lead when they resume on 41 and 33 respectively on Monday. 

Patient knock

Earlier, Dhananjaya de Silva added only 15 runs to his overnight score before slicing a Graeme Cremer (4 for 142) leg-break to Sean Williams at long off. But Tharanga, having started the day on 13, proved impossible for Zimbabwe to dislodge, finding the boundary 10 times during his patient knock, which lasted 208 deliveries.

Asela Gunaratne contributed 54, eventually holing out with a top-edge from a short Williams delivery taken by Cremer at mid-wicket.