A positive second Test century by Sean Williams enabled Zimbabwe to dominate the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Harare on Monday, as they reached 352 for six on the shut.
The Zimbabwe captain, who gained the toss and selected to bat first, made 107 from 137 balls, an innings which swung between the swashbuckling, with 10 fours and three sixes, and the pragmatic.
He was nicely backed up by Brendan Taylor who made a run-a-ball 62 and Sikandar Raza who hit two sixes and 4 fours in his 72.
Looking to bounce again from final week’s 10-wicket defeat on the identical venue within the first Test, Zimbabwe pressed on within the night with Regis Chakabva on 31 and debutant Tinotenda Mutombodzi on 10.
After the early losses of Prince Masvaure and Craig Ervine, Taylor started the counter-attack, hitting 10 fours and one six over long-off from left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya in his brisk knock.
Taylor scored the lion’s share of the runs in a 65-run partnership with opener Kevin Kasuza who performed despite being ‘substituted’ for the second innings in final week’s first Test after being hit on the top whereas fielding at quick leg.
Kasuza batted by way of the morning earlier than dropping his off stump to Suranga Lakmal for 38.
Lakmal, who bowled fantastically within the first Test, produced one other positive supply to take away Taylor, nipping one again to peg him leg earlier than.
– Williams century –
Williams started swiftly galloping to 36 from simply 36 balls. He slowed barely to achieve his third Test half-century and located a helpful companion in Raza.
Together they added 159 for the fifth wicket because the Sri Lankans struggled to plug the gaps within the subject.
The breakthrough got here when Raza, on 72, miscued a pull off Embuldeniya and dollied up a catch to Angelo Mathews at long-on.
Williams went on to carry up his second Test century — his first was against New Zealand in Bulawayo 4 years in the past — by sweeping Embuldeniya for 4.
He gave it away within the subsequent over, nevertheless, when he tried to slog a straight ball from Dhananjaya de Silva over midwicket and was bowled.
Sri Lanka took the brand new ball instantly however had been unable to make additional inroads as Chakabva and Mutombodzi batted watchfully by way of to the shut.
The guests had begun the day nicely with Lahiru Kumara discovering the sting of Masvaure’s bat for 9 earlier than Irvine nudged De Silva to quick leg the place Oshada Fernando snapped up a pointy catch.
Zimbabwe made two modifications to the facet that misplaced the primary Test with Carl Mumba changing the injured Kyle Jarvis and all-rounder Mutombodzi, who bowls leg-spin, coming in for his Test debut forward of Ainsley Ndlovu.
Sri Lanka made one change with left-arm tempo bowler Vishwa Fernando coming in for Kasun Rajitha.
Sri Lanka lead the two-Test collection 1-0.