Zimbabwe's number four batsman Craig Ervine smashed a career best 151 not out on day one of the one off Test against Sri Lanka at R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday (July 14). The tourists finished on 344 for eight after Ervine added 62 runs for the ninth wicket with Donald Tiripano, who was unbeaten on 24.
The partnership hurt the Sri Lankans, who took four wickets in the first session after being put into field. The centurion was pleased with his side's comeback post the first session. "At the start, the wicket was little bit damp. But once it dried out, it's nice wicket to bat on. We wanted a good rate throughout the day. I was thinking we may have given away a couple of wickets. Other than that, we fought back nicely towards the end of the day. Hopefully, tomorrow, we can put on another 50-60 runs on the board," Ervine told journalists after the day's play.
"Donald Tiripano can bat and he can stick around. I have lot of faith in him. Again, we have got to come back and start again," Ervine added.
Ervine had struggled away from home and in five Tests prior to this game, he had a top score of 34. His 151 not out was only the fifth time a Zimbabwe batsman had scored more than 150 away from home.
"The knock was very satisfying. You have to keep gloves and stuff dry as you sweat a lot. You feel quite exhausted in the end," noted Ervin. "I have scored few hundreds but they were all at home. To get one, in Sri Lanka and in a Test match, means lot to me," he added.