Kasuza, Masvaure fifties give Zimbabwe solid platform

Tanya Simon
January 20, 2020

Zimbabwe have won the toss and chosen to bat, in their first Test in over a year, at the Harare Sports Club.

The Test is Zimbabwe's first since November 2018, when they drew a series 1-1 in Bangladesh, and despite a slow run-rate they laid a platform for a big score.

The sport's governing body banned Zimbabwe last October over political interference in the game.

"I think for any youngster who's starting off and aspiring they definitely want to be involved (in Tests) at some point in their career".

Zimbabwe have not had a good record against Sri Lanka having drawn five and lost an equal number in home conditions.

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Zimbabwe have known as all-rounder Sean Williams as captain when it comes to show, with batsmen PJ Moor and Ryan Burl both interestingly kept out.

The hosts handed debuts to three players - opening batsman Kasuza, left-arm spinner Ainsley Ndlovu and seam bowler Victor Nyauchi - in their first Test match in 14 months.

Zimbabwe last played a Test at home against the West Indies in October 2017.

Openers Prince Masvaure and Kevin Kasuza made 55 and 63 respectively to set a solid platform, their stand of 96 spanning 50.1 overs, with left-hander Ervine stepping up the pace slightly on his way to 55 not out by stumps, striking three sixes along the way.

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal.

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