Cricket: Houghton fights back

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(First Edition) Zimbabwe. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .213-4 Sri Lanka DAVE HOUGHTON hit an unbeaten century to lead a Zimbabwe fightback on the opening day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo yesterday.

The former captain of his country hit an unbeaten 116 off 222 balls, including 12 fours and two sixes, to steer his side to 213 for 4 at the close, after they had slumped to 5 for 2.

Houghton dominated stands of 60 for the third wicket with Alistair Campbell and 121 for the fourth wicket with the current captain, Andy Flower, to put him on course to beat his highest Test score of 121. Prior to Houghton's display, however, Sri Lanka had removed both openers promptly. Grant Flower was caught behind off Pramodya Wickramasinghe and Mark Dekker was caught at slip by Roshan Mahanama after edging an off-cutter from the lively Kumar Dharmasena.