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21-Jan-2020 15:42:00 GMT
Zim vs SL - 1st Test, Harare, day 3

Mathews, Mendis hand Sri Lanka advantage

Harare: Kusal Mendis struck a measured 80 and Angelo Mathews scores unbeaten 92 as Sri Lanka reached 295 for four at stumps on the third day of the first Test against Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday.

It was a hard sweat for the Sri Lanka batsmen who still trailed Zimbabwe by 63.

The 24-year-old Mendis struck eight boundaries in his 163-ball innings before flashing at an outswinger from debutant Victor Nyauchi that flew to Brendan Taylor at first slip.

It marked a second success for Nyauchi who collected his first wicket in Test cricket during the morning session when Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne flicked a low catch to Ainsley Ndlovu at midwicket.

Nyauchi was the pick of the attack, taking two for 38 from 22 overs.

Karunaratne had resumed his partnership with Kusal Mendis after bad light stopped Monday's play with Sri Lanka on 42 for one.

Brief scores:
Sri Lanka 295 for 4 (Mathews 92*, Mendis 80) trail Zimbabwe 358 (Ervine 85, Kasuza 63, Masvaure 55, Embuldeniya 5-114, Lakmal 3-53) 63 runs

They added 60 before Mathews joined Mendis in a third wicket partnership of 92.

Mathews hit seven fours and two sixes over midwicket off Ndlovu, bringing up his 50 from 154 balls.

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