Dimuth Karunaratne Hoping for Nuwan Pradeep to Show the Four-fer Confidence in World Cup
Before heading to the World Cup warm-ups, Sri Lanka has been busy defeating Scotland with its key players. Their win over Scotland has boosted the team’s confidence. The opening trio of the team led them to build a massive of the 300-plus score during the match. But it was their pacer Nuwan Pradeep to whom the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne praised. Pradeep helped in rattling Scotland at 199 in 33.2 overs with his bowling figures of four for 34.
Sri Lanka gave Scotland a good score of 322 runs to chase, and they obeyed till Pradeep following the instructions of his captain dismissed Kyle Coetzer. After that, Scotland came under pressure losing Calum Mcleod on Pradeep’s in-seamer and Craig Wallace falling for Isuru Udana.
“When Scotland were going quite well, I spoke to Nuwan Pradeep and asked him to try a couple of bouncers. He did that really well and we were able to squeeze them through that middle period,” Karunaratne said on Tuesday (May 21).
Meanwhile, the one-and-half-an-hour long rainfall made it a bit easy for Scotland. Now, Scotland had to make 103 runs from seven overs through DLS calculations. George Munsey stood up to lead his team to hunt down the target. But unfortunately, at the other wickets kept tumbling.
However, Munsey perished on 61 runs off 42 balls following a remarkable yorker from Pradeep. And the wicket of Tom Sole became Pradeep’s fourth target with just five runs.
“It’s not easy to bowl yorkers, especially with the ball getting wet because of the rain. If you don’t execute it well it will go for a six. But Pradeep knows how he has to bowl, and he went for the straight yorker. I hope he takes that confidence into the World Cup,” Karunaratne said on this.
The 35-runs Victory Put Pressure off of Karunaratne:
However, the win helped Karunaratne, who has recently taken over as a leader in ODI cricket. The top three batsmen of the team, also, contributed with half-centuries to improve victory of the team.
“Playing an international one-dayer after such a long time is not easy. I was under pressure early on and was struggling a little bit. But once I got set and thought about how to play – which bowlers I should target – I felt better. Fortunately, I got a couple of chances. But thanks to the runs I got, I got some confidence,” Karunaratne revealed.
With hopes of breaching the three-figure mark in the World Cup, the skipper also praised 21-year-old Avishka Fernando. Karunaratne informed that the opener Fernando had been made aware of the expectations from him in the World Cup.
“Avishka was excellent as well. We know how capable he is. He can hit hard and rotate the strike as well. We talked to him about what we needed from him. Unfortunately, he couldn’t get a hundred, but I think he can get a big hundred in the World Cup,” Karunaratne said.
Fernando had made his ODI debut in 2016, but it is now slowly establishing himself in the national team. Meanwhile, Karunaratne also praised finisher Lahiru Thirimanne, who saw the team through when they wobbled in the middle overs.
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