'Upset' Cremer takes positives from loss

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Graeme Cremer was left to reflect on a valiant effort that ultimately came up short as Zimbabwe lost the first Test by 225 runs against Sri Lanka.

The heavy margin of the defeat only tells half the story, with the hosts - competing in their 100th Test - having threatened to bat out the final day in Harare for an unlikely draw.

Captain Cremer, who scored his maiden Test century in the first innings, was key to the hosts' second-innings resistance, soaking up 175 deliveries in his 43-run knock.

But Sri Lanka stuck firm to their task and when Cremer's stubborn spell ended in the 88th over, the writing was on the wall.

"Yes, definitely upset that we couldn't last," he said. "But to last that long was good for Test cricket and [there are a] lot of positives to take from it.

"Sri Lanka is a quality unit, but I'm just happy to score some runs for the team when they were in a bit of trouble.

"It was very tough. I thought it [batting] was a lot tougher today. They were bowling well."

Zimbabwe have a chance to level the two-Test series when the next match begins on Sunday.