Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Test series win a positive for Sri Lanka during tough times - Dickwella. Sri Lanka registered a 10-wicket victory in the second Test
Sri Lanka registered a 10-wicket victory in the second Test
Niroshan Dickwella, the wicketkeeper-batsman, said the Test series victory against Bangladesh has come as a relief for Sri Lanka who have been facing hardship back home. Sri Lanka arrived in Bangladesh amidst political and economical turmoil in the Island Nation, with the hopes of bringing smiles on the faces of their countrymen going through trying times with a series win. The visitors managed to accomplish their goal by earning a 10-wicket win in the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Friday (May 27) that helped they clinch the series 1-0.
“It’s hard time for us as Sri Lankans so actually we kept it (what is happening back home) behind us as we came here to play good cricket and win the series,” Dickwella told reporters.”We want to bring home whatever we could do for them and I think we did it and it’s a good positive thing for us.”
Dickwella said Sri Lanka were aware of Bangladesh’s struggles with the bat in the recent past and the focus was on not to leak any runs. He also credited Astitha Fernando for taking a brilliant return catch to dismiss Litton Das, which Dickwella felt was the turning point of the game.
After losing Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan (58) and Litton (52) added 103 runs for the sixth wicket. But Fernando delivered a key strike and ended up with six wickets in the innings which helped him become only the third pace bowler to bag 10 wickets in a match in Bangladesh.
“We had a calm dressing room. We knew we were just one wicket away from the tail-enders. We kept our nerves. I think Asitha came up with a brilliant catch. It was the turning point,” said Dickwella. “We had our plans cut out in the second innings. We knew the top-order was struggling in the first innings. We wanted to bowl line and length first. With Asitha’s pace and tactics with the short ball, we knew it would be hard for them. We wanted to spread the field, not to give easy runs and then attack when possible.
Dickwella said he was surprised to see the kind of wickets on offer in this series while he praised Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal for laying the platform for the victory with their respective centuries.
“These are not the wickets we played on last time. The ball was spinning and turning. This time it was dead and flat tracks,” said Dickwella. “With their experience, Angelo and Chandimal are greedy for their runs. They knew this is the best opportunity to go for big scores. They did a great job. They are taking the pressure off the youngsters. They are doing their job properly.”