HARARE: Rangana Herath turned out to be only the third bowler to get five-wicket pulls against every one of the nine Test rivals to gain Sri Lanka a major first-innings lead before Zimbabwe bobbed back on the third day of the third Test at Harare Sports Club on Tuesday.
Herath recorded figures of 5 for 89 — his initial five-wicket pull against Zimbabwe — to bowl the home side out for 272 and give Sri Lanka a 232-run lead in the primary innings.
Be that as it may, after the travelers selected not to authorize the take after on, quick bowler Carl Mumba got three wickets to decrease Sri Lanka to 84 for four.
With opener Dimuth Karunaratne scoring an unbeaten 54 — his third fifty or more score in four innings — Sri Lanka went to stumps on 102 for four, giving them a general lead of 334 with two days to play.
Despite the fact that Herath had come into the arrangement with 26 five-wicket pulls in Test cricket, he had never played against Zimbabwe in a 17-year profession.
On Tuesday he joined kinsman Muttiah Muralitharan and South Africa’s Dale Steyn among a first class gathering of bowlers with five-wicket pulls against the majority of the other nine Test-playing countries.
“On the off chance that you take my profession until 2009, I had just brought around 40 wickets with no five-wicket pulls,” said Herath.
“So on the off chance that you take the last seven or eight years, I’ve made a steady showing with regards to for the national group. It’s an alternate kind of accomplishment, which fulfills me exceptionally.”
In spite of the fact that Zimbabwe achieved 134 for two on the third morning in answer to Sri Lanka’s first innings aggregate of 504, they at last surrendered to turn, with offspinner Dilruwan Perera grabbing 3 for 51 as the hosts lost their last five wickets for only 19 runs.
In any case, it was quick bowler Suranga Lakmal who set Sri Lanka on their way in the morning session, which saw Zimbabwe continue on 126 for two, when he had Craig Ervine gotten at slip for 64 in the eighth over of the day.
Herath got in on the activity when he played Brian Chari for a vocation best 80 with a snappier conveyance, and after that expelled Malcolm Waller for 18 on the stroke of lunch.
Zimbabwe had been saved by their lower arrange in the primary Test, however after the interim Perera guaranteed there would be no such recuperation as he got three wickets in three overs, including Sean Williams for 58 and Peter Moor for 33.
Every one of that was left was for the remain in chief to get a record fifth wicket, as he caught Carl Mumba lbw.
Sri Lanka then tumbled to 44 for three in their second innings, as Zimbabwe’s bowlers were compensated for more noteworthy consistency.
Mumba had Kaushal Silva and Kusal Mendis got before the wicket, while Cremer caught Upul Tharanga lbw.
To start with innings centurion Dhananjaya de Silva endeavored to modify with Karunaratne, yet scooped a low full hurl straight to additional cover in the last half-hour of the day.
By the by, Zimbabwe confronted a genuine shortfall as they hope to level the two-coordinate arrangement.
“Let’s be realistic, on the off chance that they put another 100 on it will be a great deal,” said batting mentor Lance Klusener.
“Yet, in the meantime we’d get a kick out of the chance to complete this Test coordinate on our terms.”