Kasuza, Masvaure, Ervine hit fifties to give Zimbabwe a solid start

  • Zimbabwe – 189-2 in 84 overs (Kevin Kasuza 63, Prince Masvaure 55, Craig Ervine 55*; Lahiru Kumara 1/37, Lasith Embuldeniya 1/69) Sri Lanka
  • Day 1 – Stumps

ZIMBABWE’s opening batsmen Prince Masvaure and Kevin Kasuza on Sunday gave Zimbabwe a wonderful start in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club.

Although both are very inexperienced at international level, they played their roles with great determination and their opening stand of 96 runs in more than three-and-a-half hours was an invaluable blessing for their team.

Masvaure scored 55 and Kasuza 63, and with Craig Ervine also coming good with 55 not out, Zimbabwe found themselves overnight in the most encouraging position of 189 for two wickets.

On an overcast morning, with a threat of rain during the day, Sean Williams won his first toss as Zimbabwe’s Test captain and decided to bat on a good-looking pitch.

The previous Test match to be played on this ground took place, also against Sri Lanka, in November 2016, and there are only three survivors from that Zimbabwe team: Williams, Craig Ervine and Donald Tiripano.

Zimbabwe played three debutants in opening batsman Kasuza, pace bowler Victor Nyauchi and left-arm spinner Ainsley Ndlovu.