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Sri Lanka made to work for win

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Sri Lanka wrapped up a 225-run win in the first Test against Zimbabwe, but they were made to wait by some stoic resistance from the hosts' lower-order. 

The tourists declared on 247-6 overnight to give themselves a whole day to bowl out Zimbabwe, having set them a target of 412 for a highly improbable win.

However, there were just 7.3 overs left in the day when Dilruwan Perera took the final wicket, bowling Chris Mpofu to end Zimbabwe's hopes of taking a draw from their 100th Test match.

The chances of the game reaching an evening session looked slim as Zimbabwe's solid start gave way to a mid-order collapse, the hosts slipping from 68-1 to 74-5 as Perera and Suranga Lakmal (2-43) collecting two wickets apiece just before lunch.

Peter Moor fell soon afterwards but Sean Williams and Graeme Cremer stayed together for the next 20 overs, runs by this stage of little significance.

Williams (40) eventually fell to Rangana Herath, playing for the spin and nicking a straight one to slip, and the left-arm spinner added Donald Tiripano, lbw, to his scalps a few overs later.

That left Zimbabwe with 29.5 overs to survive and just two wickets in hand. However, a terrific rearguard action from Cremer and Carl Mumba meant that those two wickets remained intact after a further 18 overs.

It took Herath (3-38) and a careless shot - one in stark contrast to the rest of his innings - from Cremer (43) to break the stand; Kusal Perera completing the stumping after Cremer had come out of his ground, played across the line and been beaten in the flight.

Mumba and No 11 Mpofu dug in for another three overs before Perera (3-34) struck the final blow with a hard-fought draw less than eight overs away.

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