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29-Oct-2016 15:37:00 GMT
Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Harare, day 1

Kusal Perera Hits ton as Sri Lanka Dominate

Harare: Kusal Perera struck his maiden Test century as Sri Lanka took control of the first Test against Zimbabwe on the opening day at Harare Sports Club on Saturday.

Perera took advantage of two dropped catches to make an attacking 110, while Kaushal Silva scored 94 as Sri Lanka piled up 317 for four after winning the toss and electing to bat on a batsman-friendly surface.

Zimbabwe had hoped to push an under-strength Sri Lankan side in their 100th Test match, and first under new coach Heath Streak, but were instead dogged by familiar problems with their fielding.

Perera survived chances on 15 and 30, while Silva was put down on 89 and fellow opener Dimuth Karunaratne, who made 56, was dropped in the second over of the match.

Zimbabwe did pull things back in the final hour of the day, with leg-spinner Graeme Cremer picking up two wickets to close with figures of 3 for 82.

Brief scores
Sri Lanka -
317 for 4 (K Perera 110, Silva 94, Cremer 3-82)

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