Colombo - Niroshan Dickwella struck a defiant half-century
to keep Sri Lanka's chase alive after Zimbabwe skipper Graeme Cremer took two
wickets on the final day of their one-off Test in Colombo on Tuesday.
Chasing 388 for victory, Sri Lanka were 270-5 at lunch with
Dickwella (56) batting alongside Asela Gunaratne (26) at the R. Premadasa
The hosts, who suffered a shock defeat in the preceding
one-day series against the minnows, will still have to dig deep to claim the
118 runs needed for the win.
Sri Lanka's highest-ever successful run chase was against
South Africa in 2006, when they achieved their 352-run target in Colombo.
Cremer, who took his match tally to nine wickets, got
overnight batsman Kusal Mendis trudging back to the pavilion for 66 after Sri
Lanka resumed the day on 170-3.
Cremer, who had taken two wickets in the final session on
day four, struck again with his leg-spin to have Angelo Mathews caught and
bowled for 25.
Dickwella and Gunaratne then put on an unbeaten 67-run stand
to keep a persistent Zimbabwe bowling attack at bay for the rest of the morning
Dickwella got lucky on 37 after wicketkeeper Regis Chakabva
clipped the bails on Sikandar Raza's off-spin, sending the stumping decision to
the third umpire.
Repeated replays showed the left-handed batsman had his toe
on the crease - a case where the batsman should be given out, but India's
Chettithody Shamshuddin let Dickwella stay, much to the dismay of the Zimbabwe