Bad light stops play during 2nd Test


BAD Light forced an early end to day two of the second Test between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, with the latter on 122 for two while chasing 406.
Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews will resume Sri Lanka innings this morning on 19 and four respectively while trailing by 284 runs and eight wickets in hand.
The innings will resume at 9:30am instead of the normal 10am start to make up for the eight overs that were lost yesterday.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe could add only 54 runs from their overnight tally of 352-6 to fall for 406 runs all out three overs before lunch.
Regis Chakabva (31) was the first to depart after adding just a single run while debutant all-rounder Tino Mutombodzi was trapped lbw by spiner Dhananjaya de Silva (LBW) for 33 runs.
Donald Tiripano (13) and Victor Nyauchi (6) where the last wickets to fall leaving debutant Carl Mumba short of batting partners unbeaten on 11 runs.
Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Oshada Fernando shared a first wicket partnership worth 88 runs as their chase got off to a good start.
The visitors captain Karunaratne was the first one to return back to the pavilion after his penchant for the swipe shot saw him missing a Sikandar Raza delivery completely and sweeping hot air.
He was given out lbw for 44 runs leaving his team on 94-1 after 36.2 overs. Fellow opener Fernando was caught behind by wicketkeeper Chakabva off a Donald Tiripano delivery in the 44th over and just like his skipper he too departed for 44 runs.
The match continues on day three this morning with the hosts looking to carry on from where they left before bad light stopped play yesterday.
With their hero from the first Test Mathews on the crease, Sri Lanka will be fancying their chances of chasing down the total easily and sneak into a first innings lead.


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