Coming off a sensational test series against the highly-ranked Australians where they dominated the series 3-0, Sri Lanka have kept that momentum up with an outstanding first day performance against Zimbabwe.
A 123-run opening partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva set the scene for the visitors, lasting 37 overs before the breakthrough was made by Graeme Cremer. Karunaratne broke his drought of six innings without a half century and went on to play a stabilizing innings, while Silva fell agonizingly short of three figures as he failed to put away a full toss & was caught on 94.
Having put a reasonable amount of runs on the board already, Kusal Perera played with the sort of freedom that we’re used to seeing in one-day and twenty20 cricket as he went on the charge after both openers fell. Busy from the get-go, Perera shown no mercy against some poor bowling and dispatched anything remotely in his hitting zone assisted by some poor fielding which gifted the left-hander some extra runs. When Masakadza came on as a part timer medium pacer, Kusal couldn’t help himself and decided to take him on over long-on for two sensational sixes in just one over. It took just 104 balls to bring up Kusal Perera’s maiden test hundred as he took the helmet off and celebrated.
Perera’s innings came to a close as he holed out to extra cover for 110, finishing his innings with 15 boundaries and 2 sixes in what was a rapid-fire innings from Sri Lanka’s excitement machine. Sri Lanka finished the first day on 317/4, keeping wickets in hand could amass a 500+ run total if the rest of the team can follow in the top-orders foot steps.
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