“Our team will definitely take the lessons learnt from the first Test match played in Chittagong said Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne. The experienced left-hand opener Karunaratne further said if you take the first innings we could have done much better. As a side, we should have put up a big score to put more pressure on the opponent. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that added Karunaratne.
However, thankfully our bowlers turned it around. If you take the bowlers, the two fast bowlers did really well. Actually, in this heat, it’s not easy but they put their hands up and did really well.
The left arm paceman Vishwa Fernando, who was suffering from dizziness after bowling on the third day of the first Test and he has withdrew from the first Test again following medical advice.
However, replacement Rajitha bowled well to pick his career-best figures of 4 for 60.
Dimuth Karunaratne further said Our spinners Ramesh Mendis, Lasith Embuldeniya, and Dhananjaya de Silva did well in patches but were guilty of bowling too many loose balls. However, I am sure they will definitely take the lessons from the first test to play the next second and final test in Minpur which is scheduled to be played from May 23. If you play positively you can try and win a match. We tried to do differently and put them under pressure, but we played some poor shots and then we had to change tactics. We, unfortunately, couldn’t put pressure on Bangladesh on the last day said Sr Lankan skipper Karunmaratne.
Meanwhile, former Skipper Angelo Mathews who played a superb knock of 199 was adjudged man of the match for his fighting knock under pressure Matthews, who completed 6500 runs test runs in his 95th test match, said it was disappointing to get out at 199. But once again it’s cricket and you got to take what God gives you. I just wanted to get one run and get off the strike.
Mathews also said Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dinesh Chandimal all gave good support to make a successful partnership to build up the innings. Without their support, I couldn’t make 199 runs. Actually, It was a friendly batting wicket but Bangladesh made us work really hard. Credit should go to them, they don’t’ give us freebies and made us work for our runs added Mathews the most experienced player on the Sri Lanka side.