Harare - Rangana
Herath recorded the best figures by a bowler in a Test in Zimbabwe as
Sri Lanka completed a 257-run victory in the second Test at Harare
Sports Club on Thursday to sweep the series 2-0.
Sri Lanka went into the final day needing just three wickets to wrap
up the match, and Herath required less than an hour to claim them as he
finished with eight wickets in the second innings, bowling Zimbabwe out
The left-arm spinner's 8 for 63 were the best figures in an innings
by a player in Zimbabwe, while his 13 for 152 were the best figures in a
"I am always trying to improve," said the 38-year-old. "I don't think about records and will take each series as it comes."
Zimbabwe's only real hope of pushing Sri Lanka on day five rested
with Craig Ervine, who resumed on 65 not out with Zimbabwe on 180 for
seven in pursuit of 491 for victory.
But the left-hander was the first batsman to fall as Herath had him well caught by Dhananjaya de Silva at slip for 72.
Carl Mumba was next to go, trapped lbw by the left-arm spinner, and
although last man Chris Mpofu provided some entertainment as he lofted
two huge sixes, he fell to Herath in the same fashion to bring the game
to a close.
"His control was exceptional," Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer said of
"He doesn't look like he's doing a lot, but he's got subtle
variations that as a batsman you don't pick up.
"Only when you watch the replays afterwards do you realise what he was trying to do."
Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was named man of the series for his 280 runs in four innings.
Zimbabwe lost both games by large margins, but took both Tests into the final day and nearly secured a draw in the first match.
"We're happy they've gone five days, and there were a lot of positives for us," said Cremer.
"But a lot of the mistakes we made at crucial times, like dropping
silly catches, changed the games in a huge way. We need to improve on
The two teams will play each other in a one-day international on
Monday, when a triangular series also involving the West Indies gets
underway at the same venue.