Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka chase down 268 against New Zealand courtesy Dimuth Karunaratne’s ton

Twitter Reactions: Sri Lanka chase down 268 against New Zealand courtesy Dimuth Karunaratne’s ton

Dimuth Karunaratne led his troops from the front with a spectacular ton.

Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka didn’t take too long to register a victory on the fifth day of the first Test against New Zealand. The team just required 135 runs more to win the match. Given the kind of start the openers provided, it wasn’t a difficult task at all. Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne continued with their good work on the fifth day as well. They added 161 runs for the opening wicket before Thirimanne fell.

He was dismissed by William Somerville for 64 runs. However, it was too late by then for New Zealand to make an impact and turn things around. Sri Lanka was in a commanding position by then and the loss of timely wickets after that hardly affected their chances. Kusal Mendis tried to play aggressive cricket. He smashed a six and four after he walked out to bat. However, he couldn’t stay in the middle for too long and Ajaz Patel got the better of him when he was on 10.

Dimuth Karunaratne gets his 9th Test century

It has been quite a turnaround for Sri Lanka ever since Dimuth Karunaratne has taken over the reins. On this occasion, he led his team from the front and registered a fabulous century. He continued batting with an overnight score of 71 and only went from strength to strength. The left-hander got to his ninth century in Test cricket and ensured that his team got as close as possible to the target.

Though, he couldn’t stay till the end and finish things off. Karunaratne was dismissed for 122 runs by Tim Southee. The pacer managed to find his edge which carried through to the keeper. Then, Kusal Perera was also dismissed for 23 runs by Trent Boult. However, the experienced Angelo Mathews in the company of Dhananjaya de Silva helped them get over the line with 6 wickets to spare. The Kiwis will regret the fact that they took too long to break the opening partnership.

The Sri Lanka fans were thrilled to bits after this emphatic victory. They hoped that the team repeats what they did in South Africa by playing good cricket in the second Test as well. They were all praise for Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne for their batting efforts. The bowlers were also applauded for their heroics.

Here is how Twitterati reacted to Sri Lanka’s win: