Tharanga, Dhananjaya consolidate after top-order collapse

Having gone from 62 for 0 to 112 for 4 on either side of lunch, an unbeaten 75-run partnership from the pair of Upul Tharanga and Dhananjaya de Silva helped Sri Lanka recover and gain a more solid footing at the time of Tea on Day 1 of the second Test at the Harare Sports Club, on Sunday (November 6).
The duo buckled down in the face of some disciplined bowling from the hosts and defied them from making further inroads after Kusal Mendis was nicked off early after the Lunch break by Donald Tiripano.
Earlier in the day, after a positive 62-run opening stand from Kausal Silva and Upul Tharanga on a pitch with a green tinge, all-rounder Hamilton Masakadza had inspired a fightback with wickets in consecutive overs. Strangely though, the medium pacer wasn’t used at all post Lunch. Admittedly, the lateral movement did water down as the day went on.
Spin was majorly the preferred choice of attack during the second session and it did create some anxious moments, especially for a slightly tentative Tharanga, with both Graeme Cremer and Sean Williams finding appreciable turn. Barring that, both batsmen toughed it out nicely.
In the process, Tharanga (50 not out) notched up his sixth Test half-century while Dhananjaya (40 not out) inched closer to what would be his third in the longest format of the game.
It’s been a topsy-turvy day so far with both teams flipping the advantage back and forth. With this partnership, the visitors may be having the upper hand currently, albeit very marginally. However, as the day has shown already, it all can change pretty quickly.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 187/4 (Upul Tharanga 50*, Dhananjaya de Silva 40*; Hamilton Masakadza 2-13) vs Zimbabwe.

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