Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne believes that the series triumph over Bangladesh is the beginning of a fresh start for the side after the hosts completed a 3-0 ODI series win on Wednesday (July 31).
Angelo Mathews’ 87 anchored the Sri Lankan innings after Dimuth Karunaratne (46) and Kusal Perera (42) provided a base. Dasun Shanaka’s (30) blitz at the end pushed Sri Lanka’s scored to 294/8 at the end of the innings. Early inroads by Kasun Rajitha, followed Shanaka’s single-handed effort to remove the middle order eventually resulted in the visitors getting bowled out for 172.
The win meant that Sri Lanka had won a home ODI series for the first time in 44 months.
“Yes (it’s a new beginning for us),” Karunaratne said. “I think after the World Cup we had to start again, and this time, we have to find some new talents. We have a couple of tours both home and away and we are looking forward to giving the opportunities to the players and find some new talents. We want to form the best 15 players for the next World Cup.”
“We wanted to win and after a long time, we have won a series. And I think we need to celebrate it, and after that we have a tough challenge against New Zealand and we have to focus on that. For now, we will be celebrating.”
The skipper also complimented the senior players for their assistance in captaincy and stepping up to the plate and performing when required.
“They have given me suggestions sometimes and that’s what I want to do, to involve everyone and do the right things. All the players and supporting staff have supported me and I am trying to do my job properly and trying to keep things nice and easy.”