The ace spinner for Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath has claimed 13 wickets in the test match against Zimbabwe as the team claims the series and makes a clean sweep of 2-0 in the Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka. The second test was being played at the Harare Sports Club where it went on to the fifty day where Sri Lanka needed only three wickets to claim the victory, and Rangana Herath who claimed the 10-wicket haul on the fourth day claimed all the three remaining wickets to hand the victory to his side.
Sri Lanka posted a big total of 504 in the first innings, in reply to which Zimbabwe managed to get 272 runs. Even though a lead of over 200 runs, Sri Lanka decided to add to the lead and took it to 490 runs, and ultimately conceded 233 runs in the last innings to claim the victory.
This is a first time since 1985 that a captain took eight wickets in an innings. The last time it was Kapil Dev for India who was able to take eight wickets as a captain against Australia in Adelaide in 1985.
Dhananjaya de Silva and Asela Gunaratne scored centuries in the first innings, and Rangana Herath took five wickets for 89 runs in the first Zimbabwe innings. In the last innings of the match, the spinner took eight wickets for 63 runs, making it a match-winning figures of 13 for 152.
For the Zimbabwean batting side, Brian Chari scored a half century, while Craig Ervine scored half centuries in both the innings, and was responsible for taking the match into the last day, but his was the first wicket to fall on the final day, taking Sri Lanka closer to victory after he edged the delivery off Rangana Herath to Dhananjaya de Silva at slip.
Zimbabwe can only take out some positives to move ahead and play the one-day international against Sri Lanka on Monday, which will mark the beginning of a triangular series involving even West Indies.