Ervine's unbeaten 151 leads Zimbabwe recovery in Sri Lanka

Chandimal Tharanga to captain SL after Mathews resigns

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath claimed five wickets in helping bowl out Zimbabwe for 356 on the second day of the one-off Test in Colombo on Saturday.

Herath, who took 2-36 in the first session in Colombo, provided early delight to new Test captain Dinesh Chandimal after he lost the toss and Zimbabwe elected to bat first.

Chandimal replaced Angelo Mathews as skipper after the all-rounder stepped down following a humiliating one-day worldwide series loss to Zimbabwe this week.

Paceman Lahiru Kumara removed Tarisai Musakanda, caught behind for six as the visitors slipped to 3-38.

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Sean Williams (22) also failed to make it through to lunch, but Ervine stood firm after getting off the mark by reverse-sweeping Herath to the boundary and went on to bring up his half-century in the same over that he struck Dilruwan Perera for six over midwicket. However, Ervine (151*) held the one end solidly and knitted crucial partnerships with Sikander Raza (36) and Malcolm Waller (36) to pull his team out of hot waters. The hosts still trail Zimbabwe by 279 runs.

However, Ervine, who went past his career highest score of 146 added unbeaten 62 run partnership with Donald Tiripano (24 not out) for the eighth wicket to take the score to 344 for eight at the end of 90 overs.

Ervine, who surpassed his previous Test best of 146 against New Zealand in Bulawayo a year ago, built crucial partnerships including a 84-run fifth-wicket stand with Sikandar Raza (36).

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