Niroshan Dickwella, the wicketkeeper-batsman, said the 1-0 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 economic 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 (27 May) that helped them clinch the series 1-0.
“It’s a 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 wanted 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 Asitha 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 nerve. 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.