Day 2 action of the Sri Lanka versus Zimbabwe one-off Test match will be on July 15, 2017 (Saturday).
But left-handed Ervine, who hit his second test hundred, compiled two half-century partnerships with Sikandar Raza (36) and Malcolm Waller (36) to lead the fightback for Zimbabwe, who beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in the recent one-day global series. At stumps, Zimbabwe were 344 for eight all thanks to Ervine's unbeaten 151. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat pitch. The visitors then needed a partnership to put things back on the track, and that is what Ervine along with Sikandar Raza did. After losing their top-order cheaply, Zimbabweans were in a spot of bother at one stage at 78/4.
Wicketkeeper Peter Moor only made 19 before falling to Asela Gunaratne, but Ervine and Malcolm Waller stabilised the innings with a 65-run stand, during which Ervine brought up his hundred, before Waller was clean bowled by Herath for 36.
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For Sri Lanka, Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath picked four wickets for 106 runs. The left-handed batsman held on with Donald Tiripano (24 not out) at the end of play, putting on a frustrating 62-run stand for the ninth wicket.
Paceman Lahiru Kumara took the prized scalp of Ervine, whose second Test century lifted Zimbabwe from a precarious 70-4 on the opening day.