Chamika Karunaratne (Image Credit: Twitter)
Chamika Karunaratne (Image Credit: Twitter) (Photo by LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP via Getty Images)

Chamika Karunaratne, a Sri Lanka bowling all-rounder who scalped three wickets in the second ODI against Australia, revealed that he thinks like a batter while he is bowing.

Three-wicket haul by Chamika Karunaratne, which was followed by two wickets each by Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dunith Wellalage, helped Sri Lanka to restrict Australia at 189 and register a victory by 26 runs, in the second ODI, here at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Chamika Karunaratne
Chamika Karunaratne of Sri Lanka (Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

Chamika Karunaratne Reveals He Thinks As A Batsman While Bowling

Sri Lanka’s pacer Chamika Karunaratne picked up three wickets, including the crucial one of Glenn Maxwell, to trigger an Australian collapse as the hosts won the rain-hit second one-day international by 26 runs on Thursday (June 17) to level the series.

Australia was cruising at 123-3 in pursuit of a revised target of 216 in 43 overs when spinner Dunith Wellalage (2-25) removed Travis Head (23) and Marnus Labuschagne (18) in quick succession before Chamika Karunaratne (3-47) and Dushmantha Chameera (2-19) ensured a Sri Lankan victory in front of a packed house in Pallekele.

Chamika Karunaratne (Image Credits: Twitter)
Chamika Karunaratne (Image Credits: Twitter)

“I was waiting for this moment for a long time. I knew I could do more for the team and my 100 percent has come today. Malinga and our head coach are fast bowlers, and they were giving input. I think as a batsman while bowling,” said Karunaratne in a post-match presentation.

Australia’s top seven all got into double figures but failed to kick on, with Dunith Wellalage and Dhananjaya de Silva (2-26) both doing a fine job of stifling them in the middle overs on a slowish pitch.

Chamika Karunaratne scored 18 runs off 17 balls in the 2nd ODI, including one six, while batting, and then he bagged 3 wickets, including the wickets of Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, and Mitchell Swepson. He also won the Player of the Match award for his brilliant performance.

Chamika Karunaratne Reveals Reason For Celebrating For Universe

Put to bat first, Sri Lanka had a mediocre outing and could manage only 220 runs at a loss of nine wickets, after their innings got cut short by 2.2 overs due to rain. Pat Cummins was the pick among the bowlers from Australia as he scalped four wickets, while Glenn Maxwell and Matthew Kuhnemann took two wickets each. Kusal Mendis top-scored for the hosts with 36 while Pat Cummins returned figures of 4-35.

“I look to bluff sometimes and it is nice when it comes off. My celebration is for the universe. My Test debut was in Australia and I got injured. I came back after two and a half years and that is why my celebration is for the universe,” he added.

Kusal Mendis AFP
Kusal Mendis AFP

In the second innings, the target got revised to 216 in 43 overs. Australia was never able to get par at Sri Lanka’s score and got bundled out at 189. David Warner and Glenn Maxwell were the only batters who could manage more than 30 runs each. The five-match ODI series now stands at 1-1. Both the teams will be squaring off for the third ODI on Sunday at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

Brief Scores: 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka 220/9 (Kusal Mendis 36, Dhananjaya de Silva 34, Dasun Shanaka 34; Pat Cummins 4/35, Glenn Maxwell 2/35, Matthew Kuhnemann 2/48) beat Australia 189 in 37.1 overs (David Warner 37, Glenn Maxwell 30; Chamika Karunaratne 3/47, Dushmantha Chameera 2/19, Dunith Wellalage 2/25, Dhananjaya de Silva 2/26)