SL vs Ban 2nd Take a look at – Dimuth Karunaratne
Sri Lanka’s captain additionally had phrases of reward for Ramesh Mendis, although he felt he might enhance his strains and lengths
Jayawickrama, 22, was particularly spectacular, claiming match figures of 11 for 178, which aren’t solely a file for a Sri Lanka debutant, however the tenth-best by any Take a look at debutant. It was his accuracy that his captain Dimuth Karunaratne was particularly impressed with.
“Praveen does the straightforward issues properly,” Karunaratne stated after the match. “He pitches the ball in the fitting spot. That is one thing we noticed from Rangana Herath as properly. He makes the batsman play, and offers the ball an opportunity to do one thing. If you play at this degree, you need to have that consistency in line and size. He did his job 100%, and performed like a bowler who had greater than his ten first-class matches. It is an important signal for the way forward for our Take a look at cricket.
“The seniors simply gave each bowlers confidence. Some gamers can panic at instances once they come into the Take a look at area, as a result of they struggle lots of issues. What we tried to inform them was to play as if they’d a daily first-class sport, and to deal with the stress that approach. Praveen absorbed stress very well.”
Mendis’ match haul was 6 for 189, and he was significantly efficient within the second innings, claiming the wickets of Bangladesh’s most senior batters – Tamim Iqbal (caught behind), Mominul Haque (bowled off an inside edge), and Mushfiqur Rahim (caught at leg slip). Whereas Mendis has been a batting allrounder on the decrease ranges, Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur even earlier than this collection had recognized his bowling as a possible asset to the Take a look at facet.
“At a time once we did not have anybody skilled, each bowlers got here and bowled like skilled gamers,” Karunaratne stated. “I believe Ramesh additionally gave Praveen lots of assist from the opposite finish, when it comes to constructing stress. That bowling partnership was good, they usually had an understanding as a result of in addition they play for a similar membership [Moors Sports Club].
“Ramesh can enhance just a little bit extra when it comes to his strains and lengths, but it surely’s additionally his second Take a look at, and when he will get to 15-20 Assessments, he’ll be capable to get the cling of all that.”
Karunaratne additionally praised Sri Lanka’s batting line-up, which put up an imposing 493 for 7 within the first innings, with Karunaratne himself and Lahiru Thirimanne hitting a whole bunch, earlier than Oshada Fernando made 81 and Niroshan Dickwella produced 77 not out. For Karunaratne, this was a continuation of the progress the batters had made within the West Indies, the place Sri Lanka performed out two attracts.
“Within the West Indies we did lots of good issues. It is not a simple place to bat, with the Dukes ball getting used. However we fastened our mindset and labored on our temperament and persistence. I believe that is why we have been in a position to make massive scores on this collection – Dhananjaya de Silva’s 166 [in the first Test], and Thiri’s 140. We knew that we wanted a giant rating on the board within the first innings to win a match, in order that was enjoying on our minds. We took accountability.”
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf