What a way to cap off the Test match! Take a bow Rangana Herath. Zimbabwe have been annihilated at the Harare Sports Club.Perhaps one can say, they have been Herath-h ed. What a performance from the champion bowler. In the absence of Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, he has led his team superbly. 13 wickets in the match for him. A good all-round performance from the Islanders. Asked to bat first, they we in a spot of bother at 112-4. But, Tharanga, de Silva and Gunaratne bailed their team out of that tricky situation and ensured they posted a mammoth first innings score. After two failures in the first match, Brian Chari's spot in the team was at stake. He notched up his first Test fifty and promised a fightback. But that promise lasted only for a brief period as the final six Zimbabwean wickets fell for 62 runs and eventually were bundled out for 272 without avoiding the follow-on. With a lead of 232, Herath decided to bat again. Karunaratne stood tall at one end watching his partners fall apart at the other end and scored 88. The declaration was set after lunch on Day 4 asking the home team to chase down an almost impossible target of 491. The chase got off to a bad start as the top three fell cheaply. Craig Ervine and Sean Williams did come up with a plan – that was to counterattack, but the task was too much for them. Lahiru Kumara provided the breakthrough and ended the 74-run stand. After that, it was all about Herath. He now has the third best match figures as a captain – 13/152. The visitors needed just 58 overs to wrap the Zimbabwean second innings and seal the series 2-0.
Here are few stats from me. >>Fewest Tests to 350 wkts: 66 M Muralitharan 69 R Hadlee/ D Steyn 70 D Lillee 74 G McGrath 75 M Marshall/ R Herath >>Best match figures as captain: 13/055 C Walsh v NZ, W'ton, 1995 13/135 W Younis v Zim, Karachi, 1993 13/152 R Herath v ZIM, 2016 * >>Best inngs bowling as captain: 9/83 Kapil Dev v WI, Ahmbd, 1983 8/60 Imran Khan v Ind, Karachi, 1982 8/63 R Herath v ZIM, 2016 * >>Rangana Herath's 8/63 in second inngs & 13/152 in the match vs Zim in Harare – both best figures for a bowler in Tests in Zimbabwe. Catch Us For The ODI's. Match Rating: 4.0/5.0