Sri Lanka wrap up Zimbabwe Test series

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Sri Lanka won the second cricket Test match against Zimbabwe at Queens Sports Club by an innings and 254 runs.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Sri Lanka completed a whitewash over Zimbabwe when they won the second cricket Test match at Queens Sports Club today by an innings and 254 runs. This was marginally better than their victory in Harare last week when the margin was an innings and 240 runs. Sri Lanka had earlier won the one-day series 5-0. Zimbabwe, without most of their senior players who are at odds with the cricket authorities, were bowled out for 228 in their first innings and 231 in the second. Sri Lanka bludgeoned the young Zimbabweans with 713 before declaring with only three wickets down. Sri Lanka captain Marvan Atapattu was named man of the series and Kumar Sangakkara man of the match. These two had put on 438 runs for the second wicket, which sealed the match well before the token finish here today. Both recorded their career best innings, Atapattu with 249 and Sangakkara with 270. Muttiah Muralitharan took his career total to 527 wickets by capturing four Zimbabweans. This leaves him 10 ahead of Shane Warne, who will begin to overhaul him during the two Tests Australia play against Zimbabwe in the next three weeks. Zimbabwe began the day on 44-2 and in the first hour-and-a-half Brendan Taylor and Dion Ebrahim moved the score to 125 in a show of defiance before Taylor fell, almost inevitably, to Muralitharan. The Sri Lanka spinner would have preferred the wicket of Dion Ebrahim, who had doubted the legality of his delivery in an interview and paid for his opinion with a one-match ban. Ebrahim made 42 before falling to Sanath Jayasuriya. After the early partnership between him and Taylor, wickets fell frequently as the Sri Lankans resumed their customary dominance. Zimbabwe will now have to face Australia over two Tests and three ODIs starting next week. Sri Lanka will then travel to Australia for a series. (PTI)

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