Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by an innings and 240 runs in the first cricket Test today.
updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
Harare:Muttiah Muralitharan became the highest wicket-taker in Tests as Sri Lanka inflicted the worst defeat on Zimbabwe by an innings and 240 runs in the first cricket Test today. Mahela Jayawardene caught Tinashe Panyangara at deep mid-on in Sanath Jayasuriya's first over to complete Zimbabwe's rout for 102 in the second innings 15 minutes before tea on the third day. Zimbabwe scored 199 in the first innings, and Sri Lanka finished its reply of 541 an hour into today's play at Harare Sports Club. The total was set up by captain Marvan Atapattu's 170 and Jayasuriya's 157. Zimbabwe, which has never beaten Sri Lanka in 14 meetings, surpassed its previous heaviest defeat by an innings and 219 runs against South Africa in November 1999 at the same ground. (AP)