Dimuth Karunaratne is confident about their short ball problem against South Africa on the second test of two match test series. Winning the first one on Thisara Perera’s magic, Sri Lanka is leading the series by 1-0. As they found the problem, on the recently ended Australia tour, and they suffered much there and New Zealand as well against pace.

Dimuth Karunaratne is confident on the boys

Dimuth Karunaratne is confident about their short ball problem
Dimuth Karunaratne is confident on the boys

Dimuth Karunaratne is confident on the boys for short-ball and told, “Some of us can hit the bouncers really well; some of us can’t. So if you can’t, don’t think twice – just leave it. It’s that’s simple. The boys are practicing really hard in the nets. The coaching staff knew what kind of bowling attack we will face here, so the preparation was really good in those seven days before the Durban Test. That’s the main reason the boys did really well there.”

Memorizing the Australia tour

Memorizing the Australia tour, the opener emphasized, “If we see the Australian tour, they bowled a lot of bouncers, and when they saw we were uncomfortable, they kept doing it. Here, we played the bouncer more comfortably, so they don’t want to bowl the bouncer so much. They want to bowl good areas to get wickets.”

Claiming the Protea bowlers easier

Dimuth Karunaratne is confident about their short ball problem
Claiming the Protea bowlers easier

Claiming the Protea bowlers easier than Aussies, “We had a tough two games in Australia on fast and bouncy wickets. We consistently got pitches where bowlers were bowling 150kph. But I told my teammates that here it’s much easier than in Australia. You have to get better, from that experience. You have to keep your head clear and play positively. I think we saw that in the last game.”

Praising the pitch of Port Elizabeth

Praising the pitch of Port Elizabeth, being hopeful for something better, “This Port Elizabeth pitch is a pretty good wicket compared to the others, like Johannesburg, which is a fast and bouncy. We have a good batting wicket here.”
Emphasizing on the team-work

Dimuth Karunaratne is confident about their short ball problem
Praising the pitch of Port Elizabeth

Of course, this Sri Lankan Captain believes in teamwork as well, “ We have to support each other. The coach also did a really good job. All the time, he’s trying to give something to the players. That’s why the players also want to give something back as well.”

Sri Lankan Captain pointing out, “As a captain, I like to see everyone in the dressing room helping each other to get better and better. We have to support the coach as well, and the coach has to realize what our game plan is. That communication will be really good for Sri Lankan cricket”

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Therefore, Dimuth Karunaratne is confident about their short ball problem. Hope South Africa will come-back to the series through this test.

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