Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikandar Raza picked up a career-best seven wickets as the hosts constructed a 175-run lead over Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test right here on Wednesday. Off-spinner Raza claimed three wickets apiece within the morning and afternoon classes to complete with figures of seven for 113 as Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 293.
Raza’s haul was the second greatest for Zimbabwe in Test cricket, after former legbreak bowler Paul Strang’s eight for 109 towards New Zealand at Bulawayo in 2000.
Rain once more introduced an early finish to the day as Zimbabwe reached 62 for 1 at stumps of their second innings with Prince Masvaure unbeaten on 26.
Craig Ervine was the one Zimbabwe wicket to fall after tea when he edged behind off Vishwa Fernando for 13. Play will begin early on Thursday.
For the second Test in succession Zimbabwe have been compelled to make a concussion substitution after opening batsman Kevin Kasuza was once more struck on the helmet whereas fielding at brief leg.
Kasuza was recognized with delicate concussion and can take no additional half within the match. All-rounder Timycen Maruma has been drafted in to take his place.
Kusal Mendis (22) was the primary man to go after Sri Lanka resumed on their in a single day rating of 122 for 2, caught off the bowling of Raza after a agency pull shot hit Kasuza and looped to Carl Mumba at sq. leg.
Kasuza collapsed to the bottom and needed to be taken off the sphere on a stretcher. He was then despatched to hospital for scans, having been substituted out of the primary Test after struggling a delayed concussion following the same incident.
Raza snaffled a return catch to take away Dinesh Chandimal for six after which bowled a nicely-set Dhananjaya de Silva on the stroke of lunch for 42.
The Pakistan-born Raza trapped Niroshan Dickwella early within the afternoon session to finish his 5-wicket haul earlier than Suranga Lakmal chipped tamely to brief mid-on.
Angelo Mathews, who made his first Test double century within the sequence opener, high-scored for Sri Lanka with a gritty 64 from 158 balls earlier than he was caught behind down the legside off Mumba.
A superb diving catch by substitute fielder Brian Mudzinganyama gave Raza his seventh wicket and Victor Nyauchi had Vishwa Fernando final man out for a battling 38.
Sri Lanka lead the two-Test sequence 1-zero after successful the primary match by 10 wickets.