Sri Lankan Captain Dimuth Karunaratne utilized the lesson from Australia and New Zealand. As Sri Lanka beats South Africa by 8 wickets that whitewashed the hosts on the two matches series.
Sri Lanka second inning of the third day
Sri Lanka second inning of the third day for the need of 137 runs from 8 wickets. Two unbeaten batsmen Oshana Fernando and Kusal Mendis brought the target without any trouble from Protea bowlers. Oshana Fernando scored debut fifty on his debut test series. His 75 runs inning came from 10 fours and couple of sixes as well.
On the other hand, Kusal Mendis picked his 9th fifty and won the man of the match as well. His 84 runs inning came from 110 balls with 13 fours. Kusal Mendis left the match with the stamps as well, which brought a history of whitewashing on the test series in South Africa for the first time. Sri Lankan Captain Dimuth Karunaratne utilized the lesson from Australia and New Zealand.
Dimuth Karunaratne learned from Australia and New Zealand
Dimuth Karunaratne learned from Australia and New Zealand, “It is a great feeling for us as a team. It isn’t easy coming to South Africa and winning 2-0. The guys played really well, they enjoyed themselves a lot and that’s why we have created history. We learned a lot of things in Australia and the players wanted to do something special. They stuck to the basics and executed it well because of which we are here.”
The captain doesn’t forget to thank the young stars, “The youngsters, in particular, did really well; so did the bowling lineup. The only concern was the batting in the first innings, but the bowlers did a great job in keeping us in the game. I would like to dedicate this win to all the Sri Lankan fans who supported us when we were losing.”
Some milestones in this test series
Some milestones in this test series have obtained as well. Sri Lanka won the series in South Africa for the first time as any Asian team. The rests are England and Australia. Team Sri Lanka chased 4th and 6th highest run on this series as well. Oshana Fernando and Kusal Mendis made third highest partnership on the fourth inning for Sri Lanka.
Man of the match
Scoring an unbeatable inning of 84 runs brought Kusal Mendis the man of the match, “I am very happy that I did well in this game and would like to continue my form from 2018. Would also like to thank the support staff, the physio – since I had twisted my ankle – and would like to thank the entire team”
Man of the series
Kusal Perera picked the man of the series for his superheroic inning on the first test, “I had a lot of good comments about my innings in the last game and it makes me feel really good. Fernando did really well for us, but credit goes to every single player. Normally coaches tell me to back myself and play my normal game. I play to my strengths and know that I will get the results if I do that. I am really happy to have won 2-0.”
Therefore, Sri Lankan Captain Dimuth Karunaratne utilized the lesson from Australia and New Zealand. Definitely, Dimuth Karunaratne obtained one of the best captains to break the chain in South Africa.