Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka 2017: Worked Really Hard For The Win – Dinesh Chandimal
Not too long ago, Sri Lankan cricket was riddled with colossal pessimism. The side had been battered in all forms by India at home, and the near future displayed no signs of a recovery for the once Asian powerhouse. Probably this is exactly why the Test series against another side in transition, Pakistan, in the UAE was going to be such a massive affair.
As it turns out, Sri Lanka have found a way to surprise themselves, after it was their old workhorse who came to the rescue on the final day. Rangana Herath bowled his heart out to defend the small target of 136 in the fourth innings as his five-wicket haul spun a web around the ever fragile batting lineup of Pakistan.
Post the win; skipper Dinesh Chandimal was delighted as he mentioned about the hard work his side had put in for the game.
“We are over the moon, we have waited for this win. Credit goes to all the guys, lots of hard work before this Test. Credit should also go to the management and the selectors,” said Chandimal.
“It’s difficult in the middle, Dickwella and Karunaratne were very good in the first innings, Dickwella was unbelievable in the second innings to get us to the 140-run mark. As soon as we got there, we knew Rangana would lead us in the defence of the target. On a personal front, I am very happy with the way I batted in the first innings,” Chandimal added.
Man of the Match Rangana Herath too was ecstatic, as he became the first bowler to take 100 Test wickets against Pakistan.
“Remarkable achievement, all the credit goes to my parents, family, the team and the management. I don’t have any pressure, just play my game. There was some assistance from the surface, there was something for the spinners and it helped me,” he said.
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