Sri Lanka ended Zimbabwe’s day-long resistance seven overs from the end of play to grab victory by 225 runs on the final day of the first test at the Harare Sports Club.
After declaring on their overnight total of 247 for six to set Zimbabwe 412 for victory on the final day, Sri Lanka were under threat of being held to a draw as Graeme Cremer once again proved to be the thorn in their side with his stubborn 43.
But Herath finished with figures of 3 for 38, which included the key wickets of Cremer and Sean Williams, and Perera took 3 for 34 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 186 with just 7.3 overs left in the game.
Sri Lanka 537 (Kusal Perera 110, Upul Tharanga 110 –
Graeme Cremer 142/4) and 247/6 dec. (Dimuth Karunaratne 110 – Carl Mumba 50/4)
Zimbabwe 373 (Graeme Cremer 102 – Suranga Lakmal 69/3, Rangana Herath 97/3) and 186 (Graeme Cremer 43 – Rangana Herath 38/3, Dilruwan Perera 34/3).
Toss – Sri Lanka
Result – Sri Lanka won by 225 runs
Series – Sri Lanka led the 2-match series 1-0
Player of the match – AG Cremer (Zimbabwe)