Fast Bowlers played an important role to win the series – Dimuth

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After registering a 10-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second Test, Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne believes fast bowlers played a vital role to win the series. He said this upon their arrival to
Sri Lanka on Saturday (28).

Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh in the second Test of the two-match series at Shere Bangla Stadium on Friday.

“The ground conditions were more different than on which we played earlier. Fast bowlers played a vital role in the series and I should thank them for a such performance in those conditions”, said the skipper.

Commenting on the spinners’ performance, the skipper went onto say:    

“We knew Chittagong pitch will be a flat wicket, but in Mirpur we expected the pitch to spin later, but that did not happen even though our spinners had to work hard to pick wickets. Overall, our spinners did not impress with the ball and I’m looking forward to see them bounce back in the Australia and Pakistan series, which we will play in spin-friendly conditions”.

“We are coming off a series win and a winning mentality. We played well against Australia in the previous outing, but we had players like Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera at the time. Even though I don’t have their service now, I’m expecting a dominant performance from players like Lasith Embuldeniya, Ramesh Mendis and Praveen Jayawickrama,” said the skipper when asked about preparations for the upcoming Australia series.

Coming to the match, Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first. Mushfiqur Rahim and Litton Das were the highest run-getters in the first innings. They scored 175* and 141 respectively, and the partnership yielded 272 runs for the 6th wicket. Shakib Al Hasan scalped a five-wicket haul in the first innings, while Ebadot Hossain took four.

In reply, SL batters scored 506 runs and took a lead of 141 runs. Angelo Mathews scored 145 and Dinesh Chandimal 124. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne gave a good start scoring 80 runs with his opening partner Oshada Fernando contributing 57. Kasun Rajitha had a five-wicket haul and Asitha Fernando chipped in with four wickets.

In the second innings, Bangladesh were bowled out for a below par 169. Litton Das (52) and Shakib Al Hasan (58) scored half centuries.

Sri Lankan batters easily chased down the target of 29 runs in a mere three overs, with Oshada Fernando doing the bulk of the scoring with 21*.