Dinesh Chandimal confident ahead of series against India
Veteran spinner Rangana Herath was rewarded with the Man of the Match for his stellar performance with the ball.
by Soham Author
Published - Jul 18, 2017 6:02 pm | Updated - Jul 18, 2017 6:02 pm
Sri Lanka made their way into the history books today as they clinched the victory in the only Test against Zimbabwe on the 5th day. Chasing a mammoth target of 388 runs successfully, the Lions recorded the biggest ever run chase in Asia which is surely a tremendous achievement for the side.
Considering Zimbabwe’s gutsy stand with the bat, the Sri Lankans were ruled out by most of the people and were expected to end up on the losing side. But heroics with the bat from Niroshan Dickwella and Asela Gunaratne rode the Lankans home in Colombo.
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After bagging the victory, Sri Lankan Test captain Dinesh Chandimal stated that the team was hungry for the win. According to the captain, the win was a must win for them as they wanted to carry on the momentum into the India series scheduled to kick off on 26th July. Chandimal also claimed that the boys are fully prepared for the battle against the Indians, who are the number one Test team in the world at the moment.
“It’s been a really good five days,” said Chandimal about the win. “Credit goes to all the players, they stuck to their plans and gave it their best. It is always tough when you are batting in the fourth innings, but all the batters stuck to their game plan, credit goes to Asela and Dickwella, they played some really good cricket. It is always a challenge to captain the side. The India series is going to be a tough challenge for us and hopefully, the guys will do their best.” said Chandimal.
Veteran spinner Rangana Herath was rewarded with the Man of the Match for his stellar performance with the ball. The senior cricketer picked up 11 wickets in the match which contributed hugely in Sri Lanka’s win.
“All in all it was a very good Test match. Zimbabwe played really well, especially Ervine and Raza, put our bowlers off with sweeps and reverse sweeps. Our batsmen played better than them, that’s why I am here. Looking forward to the India series,” Herath said.