Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne. (Photograph Supply: Getty Photos)

Sri Lanka red-ball skipper Dimuth Karunaratne feels that the most recent win towards Australia has boosted their confidence forward of the upcoming Check sequence towards Pakistan. However he additionally believes that going through Pakistan will probably be tougher than Australia as the previous play spin effectively.

Pakistan are scheduled to play two-match Check sequence at Galle and Colombo, beginning on July 16. They’re already within the Island nation and are enjoying a follow match towards Sri Lanka XI. Within the current Sri Lanka-Australia, spinners from each groups dominated two Check matches in Galle and the sequence ended 1-1. Australian spinners took 18 out of 20 wickets within the first Check and registered a straightforward 10-wicket win.

Within the second Check, debutant Prabath Jayasuriya dominated with a 12-wicket match haul to information Sri Lanka to a win by an innings and 39 runs. Karunartne identified that enjoying one other match in Galle provides them an higher hand over Pakistan.

“I believe enjoying on the identical venue 3 times is a giant benefit for us and Pakistan haven’t that probability. Nevertheless, we are able to’t underestimate the Pakistan crew. They’re very gifted and we’re within the Asian area they usually have good groups in all codecs. Nevertheless, we’re in a very good place and hope to offer a very good problem to Pakistan,” Karunaratne stated after the second match at Galle.

“Pakistan is a powerful aspect, a superb crew. I believe will probably be tougher than Australia. They play spin effectively,” he added.

I do know that somebody will hearth for us: Dimuth Karunaratne backs senior gamers

Aside from Jayasuriya’s heroics, senior batter Dinesh Chandimal scored unbeaten 206 runs to information Sri Lanka to a 190-run lead within the first innings of the second match. Karunaratne scored 86 and Angelo Matthews contributed 52 runs of their reply to Australia’s 364-runs whole within the first innings. Sri Lankan skipper believes that this efficiency from the senior gamers is an effective signal for them forward of the Pakistan sequence.

“I informed Chandi to provide you with a giant knock. Previous couple of years he was not very profitable. When your senior participant provides a knock like that, as captain it makes issues simple for me. Angelo can fail, I can fail, however I do know that somebody will hearth for us. That may be a good signal for the sequence forward,” Dimuth Karunaratne added.