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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Zimbabwe On Top in First Test

COLOMBO -- Fast bowler Heath Streak dismissed Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga and Romesh Kaluwitharana within the space of three balls Wednesday to give Zimbabwe the initiative on the first day of the first test.


At the close Sri Lanka were 290 for seven in their first innings.


After electing to bat on a grassless pitch, Sri Lanka was reduced to four for two before Ranatunga (75) and Kaluwitharana (71) shared a partnership of 142 for the sixth wicket.


Streak swung the game back towards Zimbabwe when he took the second new ball and quickly accounted for both batsmen.


Ranatunga, who had hit seven fours in 192 minutes, was trapped leg before wicket by an inswinger while Kaluwitharana, attempting a wild pull, skied a return catch to the bowler. His attractive innings had lasted 155 minutes and contained 10 fours and a six.


Streak, who provided Zimbabwe with the intitial breakthrough by dismissing Roshan Mahanama for four in the first over of the day, finished with three for 41 from 17 overs. Pace bowler Henry Olonga and spinner Paul Strang took the other wickets.