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9dDanyal Rasool in Lahore

Security made us feel like in a movie - du Plessis

The World XI captain spoke about how he initially wrestled with the idea of playing in Pakistan, before being put at ease by the comprehensive security arrangements

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Arnold: Zimbabwe were tactically superior to Sri Lanka (6:06)
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64dESPNcricinfo staff

When underdogs came painfully close

In the wake of Zimbabwe's defeat to Sri Lanka, after being in control for the best part of five days, we look at other instances where underdogs have fumbled positions of strength

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By the Numbers: Sri Lanka's highest successful chase in Tests (0:43)
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64dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Cremer proud despite 'rollercoaster of emotions'

Zimbabwe's captain said the team had chinks to work out - particularly with their bowling - and hoped this performance would get them the regular cricket needed for that

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65dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Karunaratne urges positivity over survival

Seeing out Graeme Cremer and staying positive will reverse a little pressure and bring a mammoth 388 target within reach, according to Dimuth Karunaratne

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65dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Raza credits Klusener for batting revival

Raza also acknowledged continuity, a theory endorsed by head coach Heath Streak and chief selector Tatenda Taibu, for their recent upswing

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65dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Mendis solid, SL need 218 on final day

Graeme Cremer stuck himself into Sri Lanka's flesh on the fourth day, first making a stubborn 48 from No. 9, then claiming two wickets, as Zimbabwe dismissed three Sri Lankan batsmen in their defense of 388

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65dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Dickwella, Gunaratne star in record chase

Sri Lanka pursued 388 - the highest successful chase on the island - with fifties from Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne

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66dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Pitch eased out during Zimbabwe revival - SL coach

The soft ball turned less sharply off the pitch and the Khettarama surface itself has become easier to bat on, according to Sri Lanka's interim head coach Nic Pothas, thus allowing Zimbabwe's revival

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67dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

'Lead will be a bonus' - Streak

With one eye on how difficult it will be to bat in the fourth inning in Colombo, Zimbabwe coach Heath Streak is keen on securing a first-innings lead

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67dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Sri Lanka batting lapses give Zimbabwe edge

A marathon spell from captain Graeme Cremer has allowed Zimbabwe to seriously think about securing a first-innings lead over Sri Lanka in Colombo

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68dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Ervine's 151* headlines Zimbabwe's day

A career-best unbeaten 151 from Craig Ervine held a resurgent Zimbabwe together on the first day at the Premadasa Stadium, lifting them from a shaky 70 for 4 to a stumps total of 344 for 8

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68dAndrew Fidel Fernando

'Expected little more bounce' - Gurusinha

Sri Lanka's cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said the team was slightly let down by lack of bounce and slow pace of the the R Premadasa Stadium surface

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69dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Cremer backs Zimbabwe to counter Herath

Rangana Herath had taken 19 wickets in two Tests against Zimbabwe in 2016 - and that was away from home. Now, Zimbabwe have to battle him in his own backyard