first_imgRANGANA Herath became only the third bowler to claim a five-wicket haul against all Test-playing nations to put Sri Lanka firmly on course for a series victory over Zimbabwe.Muttiah Muralitharan and Dale Steyn were the only other men to have completed the set before veteran spinner Herath took 5-89 as Zimbabwe were all out for 272 in reply to 504 on day three of the second Test at Harare Sports Club.Stand-in captain Herath was well supported by Kusal Perera (3-51) and Suranga Lakmal (2-55) on Tuesday, with Zimbabwe losing their last five wickets for only 19 runs after Brian Chari top scored with 80.The in-form Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 54 and the tourists were 102-4 when stumps were drawn, leading by 334 to leave Zimbabwe surely facing a 2-0 whitewash.Lakmal and Herath applied intense pressure when Zimbabwe resumed on 126-2, with just seven runs added in as many overs before the former had Craig Ervine (64) well caught by Karunaratne at first slip.Chari dug in, but found runs hard to come by and rode his luck until his 158-ball knock – which included two sixes and a further nine boundaries – came to end when Herath bowled him through the gate.Sean Williams (58) scored more freely, dispatching Lakmal for a cover drive to the boundary and reverse sweeping Herath for four then getting a life on 29 when Kusal Perera missed a stumping off the bowling of his namesake Dilruwan.Zimbabwe were 210-5 when Herath got rid of Malcolm Waller (18) just before lunch, but a positive Williams brought up his half-century by guiding Lahiru Kumara over the slips to the third man boundary.Williams’ dismissal soon after sparked a Zimbabwe collapse from 253-5 to 272 all out in the space of just seven overs, with Herath matching a feat achieved by only South Africa paceman Steyn and former team-mate Muralitharan by trapping Carl Mumba leg before.Mumba took 3-31 to reduce the tourists to 84-4, but there was no shifting Karunaratne despite a couple of mix-ups with suspect running between the wickets as he made a third half-century in four innings to strengthen Sri Lanka’s grip on the Test (Omnisport.com).SRI LANKA 1st innings 504 (D. de Silva 127, A. Gunaratne 116, U. Tharanga 79) Zimbabwe 1st innings (Overnight: 126-2)T. Mawoyo lbw b Herath 3B. Chari b Herath 80H. Masakadza c D. de Silva b Herath 0C. Ervine c Karunaratne b Lakmal 64S. Williams lbw b D. Perera 58M. Waller c K. Silva b Herath 18P. Moor lbw b D. Perera 33G. Cremer c Karunaratne b D. Perera 3D. Tiripano c Herath b Lakmal 3C. Mumba lbw b Herath 2C. Mpofu not out 0Extras (b-2 lb-6) 8Total (all out, 82.1 overs) 272Fall of wickets: 1-17 T. Mawoyo,2-17 H. Masakadza,3-134 C. Ervine,4-173 B. Chari,5-210 M. Waller,6-253 S. Williams,7-265 G. Cremer,8-268 P. Moor,9-272 C. Mumba,10-272 D. TiripanoBowling: S. Lakmal 21.1 – 5 – 55 – 2,R. Herath 26 – 4 – 89 – 5,L. Kumara 14 – 0 – 60 – 0, 0D. Perera 18 – 2 – 51 – 3,A. Gunaratne 2 – 0 – 5 – 0, D. de Silva 1 – 0 – 4 – 0.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsD. Karunaratne not out 54K. Silva c Waller b Mumba 6K. Mendis c Mpofu b Mumba 0U. Tharanga lbw b Cremer 17D. de Silva c Chari b Mumba 9A. Gunaratne not out 6Extras (b-6 lb-4) 10Total (for 4 wickets, 40 overs) 102Fall of wickets: 1-14 K. Silva,2-16 K. Mendis,3-44 U. Tharanga,4-84 D. de SilvaTo bat: K. Perera, D. Perera, R. Herath, S. Lakmal, L. KumaraBowling: C. Mpofu 9 – 2 – 17 – 0, C. Mumba 11 – 3 – 31 – 3,G. Cremer 8 – 1 – 21 – 1, D. Tiripano 6 – 3 – 4 – 0,S. Williams 5 – 0 – 16 – 0, B. Chari 1 – 0 – 3 – 0.last_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich pulled off a stunning 3-0 victory over Barcelona at the Nou Camp to complete a record Champions League semi-final aggregate win.Arjen Robben opened the scoring shortly after half-time when he cut in from the right and found the top corner.Gerard Pique turned Franck Ribery’s cross into his own net before Thomas Mueller headed in at the far post to complete the 7-0 aggregate rout.Bayern now meet fellow German side Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on 25 May.Jupp Heynckes’ side were beaten by Chelsea in last season’s Champions League final but, on the evidence of their two performances against the Catalan giants, it will take an almighty effort from Dortmund to prevent them winning their fifth European Cup.Barcelona, who left injured talismanic playmaker Lionel Messi on the bench, were once again outplayed by the brilliant Bavarians. And if Bayern’s first-leg demolition shook Europe, their second-leg dominance should ensure even bigger reverberations – such was the magnitude of their dominance in the Nou Camp.From Mario Mandzukic’s selfless work as the lone striker, to the slick pass and move skills of those behind him, the visitors outplayed Tito Vilanova’s side.Their ruthlessly efficient counter-attacks always carried a goal threat, to the extent that Barcelona were reluctant to commit enough men forward to seriously test the stout Bayern defence.Perhaps lifted by the absence of Messi, who is still struggling with a hamstring injury, Bayern started brightly and Pique had to be alert to deny both Robben and Philipp Lahm.Despite the onus being on them to score, Barca were not able to test Manuel Neuer until the 23rd minute – the Germany international goalkeeper tipping Pedro’s 25-yard shot over the bar. Content to let the Spanish side pass the ball about in their own half, Munich sat back and pounced on loose passes to mount dangerous counter-attacks on the beleaguered Barca backline.Xavi fired over for the hosts while, at the other end, Robben had a shot charged down.Something had to give, and it was Barcelona’s slim chances when, three minutes into the second half, David Alaba switched play to Robben, who expertly cut inside and curled a left-footed shot into the top corner.Not content with their commanding advantage, Bayern continued to counter and Pique summed up Barcelona’s evening when he failed to deal with Ribery’s cross from the left and shinned the ball past his own keeper Victor Valdes.The record aggregate victory was completed when Mueller rose highest at the far post to head home another super Ribery cross. It means their victory eclipses Manchester United’s 6-1 aggregate rout of Schalke in 2011, and while Sir Alex Ferguson’s side lost to Barcelona in the final that year it is difficult to see a similar fate befalling this mighty Munich side.last_img read more