Cricket: Zimbabwe close in

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Zimbabwe 462-9 dec Sri Lanka 218 and 30-2 Heath Streak and Malcolm Jarvis put Zimbabwe in sight of their first Test victory yesterday with some splendid pace bowling on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Bulawayo.

At the close, Sri Lanka, forced to follow on, were 30 for 2 in their second innings, requiring a further 214 runs to avoid an innings defeat.

Streak made the early breakthrough in the second innings when the opener Roshan Mahanama gloved a lifting delivery to third slip. In the final over of the day, Gurusinha was superbly caught down the leg- side by the wicketkeeper, Wayne James.

An innings of 81 from 84 balls by Mohammed Azharuddin paved the way for India's four- wicket victory over the West Indies in the triangular one- day series in Madras yesterday. India reached their target with 10 balls to spare.

Pakistan cruised to a nine- wicket win over Australia in the second round of the triangular one-day series in Rawalpindi on Saturday.

(Zimbabwe won toss: Fourth day) ZIMBABWE - First Innings 462 for 9 dec (D L Houghton 266, A Flower 50; C Vaas 4-85).

SRI LANKA - First Innings (Overnight: 96 for 6) A P Gurusinha c Dekker b Peall 63 H P D K Dharmasena run out 54 C Vaas c Dekker b Whittal 14 G P Wickramasinghe b Whittal 7 M Muralitharan not out 15 Extras (lb4 nb12 w1) 17 Total 218 Fall (cont): 7-142 8-171 9-193.

Bowling: Streak 28-10-68-3; Jarvis 34-22-30-3 (1nb); Rennie 29-10-46-0 (11nb 1w); Peall 17-7- 35-1; Whittal 17.1-6-35-2; G Flower 1-1-0-0.

SRI LANKA - Second Innings * R S Mahanama c A Flower b Streak 4 A P Gurusinha c James b Jarvis 10 S Ranatunga not out 13 H P D K Dharmasena not out 0 Extras (nb3) 3 Total (for 2) 30 Fall: 1-4 2-30.

To bat: P A de Silva, A Ranatunga, H P Tillakaratne, P B Dissanayake, M Muralitharan, G P Wickramasinghe, C Vaas.

Bowling (to date): Streak 3-1-5-1; Rennie 5-1- 14-0 (2nb); Whittal 2-1-2-0 (1nb); Jarvis 3-1-4- 1; Peall 2-0-5-0.

Other scores, Sporting Digest, page 34

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