Sri Lanka start strong in record chase


PV Sports Desk : Openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga helped Sri Lanka reach 56-0 at tea on Monday after the hosts were set a record 388 to win the one-off Test against Zimbabwe.

Karunaratne (29) and Tharanga (27) took the attack to the opposition bowlers as Zimbabwe unleashed an all-spin assault on the fourth day of the match at the R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo.

Sri Lanka’s highest-ever successful run chase was against South Africa when they achieved their 352-run target in the 2006 Colombo Test.

The hosts, who suffered a shock defeat in the preceding one-day series against the minnows, still require another 332 to win with all their wickets intact.