Ervine's unbeaten 151 leads Zimbabwe recovery in Sri Lanka


Sikandar Raza's stellar all-round display guided Zimbabwe to their first one-day global series win over hosts Sri Lanka with a nervous three-wicket victory in the fifth and final match at Hambantota on Monday.

Herath, the left-arm spinner, sent back both openers, Regis Chakabva falling for 12 and Hamilton Masakadza going for 19 at the R Premadasa Stadium. Craig Ervine was batting on 151 and Tiripano on 24 when umpires called off the day's play.

Ervine, who surpassed his previous Test best of 146, built crucial partnerships including a 84-run fifth-wicket stand with Sikandar Raza (36).

But beating Sri Lanka in a Test match poses a far greater challenge than the ODI series for the inexperienced Zimbabweans.

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"I am passionate about leading the side and I want to take this team forward and improve our rankings", Chandimal told reporters ahead of Friday's one-off Test.

Paceman Lahiru Kumara got debutant batsman Tarisai Musakanda caught behind for six as Zimbabwe suffered regular losses in the first two sessions.

For Sri Lanka, R Hereath and Gunaratne took 4 and 2 wickets respectively.