Mathews smashes way to double ton
Zimbabwe, playing their first Test since November 2018, ended the fourth day on 30 without loss and trailing by 127 runs.
Angelo Mathews struck his highest Test score with an unbeaten double century on Wednesday as Sri Lanka left Zimbabwe battling to save the series opener going into the final day at Harare.
Former skipper Mathews eclipsed his previous Test best of 160 and finished 200 not out after a marathon knock spanning 468 balls, as Sri Lanka declared their first innings on 515 for nine.
Zimbabwe, playing their first Test since November 2018, ended the fourth day on 30 without loss and trailing by 127 runs after Brian Mudzinganyama was drafted in as a concussion substitute for opener Kevin Kasuza.
Debutant Kasuza suffered a delayed concussion after he took a blow to the helmet while fielding at short leg on Tuesday. Mudzinganyama became the fourth Zimbabwean to make his Test debut in this match. He was unbeaten on 14 with Prince Masvaure 15 not out at stumps. Mathews brought up his 10th Test century, his first since December 2018, in the morning session and steadily added to his total with support from Dhananjaya de Silva and Niroshan Dickwella.
Zimbabwe 358 and 30-0
Sri Lanka 515-9 declared (A. Mathews 200 not out, K. Mendis 80, D. de Silva 63, N. Dickwella 63; Sikandar Raza 3-62, V. Nyauchi 3-69)
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