I Want To Play Positively, Says Man Of The Match Dimuth Karunaratne

Written by N Krishnamurthy

On Galle, Dimuth Karunaratne single-handedly outclassed South Africa. 19 Runs by which Dimuth Karunaratne outscored the entire South African team in the Test. Karunaratne scored 218 runs in two innings, while South Africa made a combined total of 199.

After winning man of the match award for his superlative performance, Dimuth credited his time with A Team for his success against Proteas.

“After I got injured, I worked really hard in the A team to get my form back. I had to work really hard on this wicket. I think I always want to play positively and back my strengths. That’s what I always do on turning tracks” he said after the match.

Another Hero of the match was off spinner Dilruwan Perera, who registered his second 10-wickets haul to dismantle South Africa in thumping style.

“Every spinner likes to bowl in Galle. I get a lot of drift here. It’s very easy to bowl with Herath at the other end. South Africa have struggled in the past against offspinners. Rangana created pressure from one end, and I got the wickets” he said after the match.

Sri Lanka registered a thumping 278-run win over South Africa inside three days of the opening test on Saturday.

South Africa were all out for 73 in their second innings, the worst for them in Sri Lanka. They were bundled out for 126 in the first innings on Friday, their previous lowest total in the island nation.

South Africa were set a target of 352 runs to win the first Test on the third day after the hosts were bowled out for 190 runs in their second innings.


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