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Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 15:25 GMT 16:25 UK
Sri Lanka seize control
Second Test, Bulawayo, day one:
Zimbabwe 228; Sri Lanka 18-0 (close)

Tatenda Taibu
Taibu edges the ball wide of the Sri Lankan wicket-keeper

Sri Lanka ended day one of the second Test against Zimbabwe with the upper hand after bowling the home side out for 228 in Bulawayo.

Dion Ebrahim made a fighting 70 but Zimbabwe lost their last six wickets for only 52 runs.

Left-arm swing bowler Chaminda Vaas was the pick of the Sri Lankan attack, taking two wickets with the new ball and returning figures of 3-41.

The tourists crawled to 18-0 from 13 overs in reply by the close.

Sri Lanka lead the two-match series 1-0 after winning by an innings and 240 runs in Harare.

Unsurprisingly, they named an unchanged side, while Zimbabwe brought in Vermeulen and Tawanda Mupariwa for Prosper Utseya and Blessing Mahwire, whose bowling action has been reported to the International Cricket Council.

Sri Lankan skipper Marvan Atapattu spoiled opposite number Tatenda Taibu's 21st birthday by winning the toss.

He opted to put Zimbabwe in and Vaas struck in successive overs to reduce them to 31-2.

Brendan Taylor was first to go, caught behind for nine off a thin edge and Mark Vermeulen followed for nought when he drove to mid-off.

We need to be a lot more disciplined in our shot selection and the way we go about playing the bowlers
Dion Ebrahim

Vermeulen is the only established white player in Zimbabwe cricket who has not aligned himself with the 15 so-called rebels currently at loggerheads with the country's Cricket Union.

But it was a disappointing return to Test cricket for the 25-year-old, whose skull was fractured by a ball from India's Irfan Pathan in January.

Stuart Matsikenyeri responded with seven boundaries in a stand of 51 with Ebrahim and a second Test fifty was there for the taking when he attempted a risky single to Farveez Maharoof at mid-on and was run out.

Taibu, who made 27 after being dropped at slip before he had scored, and Alester Maregwede (24) also made useful contributions but wickets fell steadily once the latter had become the second run out victim of the innings.

Ebrahim's vigil came to an and after three hours and 20 minutes when he was caught by TM Dilshan off Maharoof and Muralitharan increased his world record Test wickets tally to 523 by removing Mluleki Nkala (19) and Doug Hondo (11).

Most Sri Lankan batsmen are known for their stylish strokeplay but it was held in check as Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya failed to register a single boundary at the start oif their innings.

Hondo and Tinashe Panyangara both bowled tidi9ly without success as Jayasuriya ended the day on 11, with Atapattu seven not out off 40 deliveries.

Zimbabwe: DD Ebrahim, MA Vermeulen, BRM Taylor, T Taibu (capt), S Matsikenyeri, E Chigumbura, A Maregwede, ML Nkala, DT Hondo, T Panyangara, T Mupariwa.

Sri Lanka: MS Atapattu (capt), ST Jayasuriya, KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene, TM Dilshan, TT Samaraweera, HAPW Jayawardene, WPUJC Vaas, MF Maharoof, DNT Zoysa, M Muralitharan.

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