Cricket

Zimbabwe win toss and bat first against Sri Lanka

2017-07-14 07:05
Dinesh Chandimal (Getty)

Colombo - Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal lost his first toss as Test captain, with Zimbabwe electing to bat first in the sole five-day match in Colombo on Friday.

The hosts, who saw Angelo Mathews step down as captain after their shock loss to Zimbabwe in the one-day international series, have gone with an expected starting lineup at Colombo's R Premadasa Stadium.

Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera will partner veteran left-arm orthodox Rangana Herath in the Sri Lankan XI.

The Graeme Cremer-led Zimbabwe side, upbeat after their first-ever series win in Sri Lanka earlier this week, have handed young batsman Tarisai Musakanda his Test debut.

Teams:

Sri Lanka

Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara.

Zimbabwe

Graeme Cremer (captain), Regis Chakabva, Hamilton Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Sikander Raza, Malcolm Waller, Peter Moor (wk), Chris Mpofu, Donald Tiripano.


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