Sri Lanka openers have made a good start after the hosts dismissed Zimbabwe for 356 on Day 2 of the one-off Test after Craig Ervine was out for 160. Upul Tharanga's delectable half-century led Sri Lanka as a Khettarama pitch remained flat through the morning session on day two.
Upul Tharanga and Dimuth Karunaratne were on the crease scoring 53 and 23 respectively.
Earlier, Sri Lanka had opened the bowling with Lahiru Kumara - the wilder, but more aggressive seam option in their team - and, thanks in part to the early pressure he created, closed Zimbabwe's innings out smartly.
It was Herath, however, who made the first breakthrough. Donald Tiripano attempted the reverse sweep that had brought him success on the first afternoon, but managed only to send the ball to Karunaratne at slip. That dismissal gave Herath figures of 5 for 116, and was the 378th in his career, meaning he had passed the wicket tallies of Malcolm Marshall and Waqar Younis during this innings. This 30th five-wicket haul, puts him clear at fifth on that particular all-time list as well, behind four bona fide greats of the game.
Nine of Zimbabwe's 12 runs on Saturday went to Craig Ervine. After he lost Tiripano's company, he attempted to farm he strike, and was caught sharply by Dilruwan Perera at third man, having attempted to carve a Kumara short ball over that boundary.