Dimuth CronartneySri Lanka will be looking to maintain their winning streak in Galle as the hosts face Pakistan in a possible spin battle in the preliminary Test starting on Saturday. Cricket has been a welcome distraction for Sri Lanka due to the peninsular country’s political instability and unprecedented economic crisis.
After two contradictory results in Galle, Sri Lanka entered the Pakistan series where they first lost to Australia in a vicious circle and then bounced back on Monday to give a hammer to the tourists.
Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail said the visiting batsmen would have to overcome their weakness against left-arm spin to win the two-match series.
“Both teams have grown up on spin wickets and have such pitches,” left-arm batsman Sohail, who played a key role in Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup victory, told AFP.
“But I believe that if Pakistan is to make an impact and win this series, it has to work hard.
“We know historically that Pakistani players have weaknesses against left-arm spinners, so they have to deal with it. So they have to prepare well and the batsmen have to take responsibility.”
Sohail’s analysis came as debutant left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya took 12 wickets in the match to beat Australia by an innings and 39 runs in the final.
Jayasuriya, 30, was one of three Sri Lankan players, including a mystery spinner. Mahesh Thakshna. And all-rounder Commando Mendes To get the first Test cap in the last match after the team’s coveted spread.
Kamando also scored 133 runs in his 61-run series-winning victory. Dinesh ChandimalWho scored his first Test double century – 206 not out.
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Babar himself is in thunderous form with the bat and recently scored 196 runs in the team’s home series against Australia, in which he lost 1-0 in March.
“Imam-ul-Haq was very consistent in the previous series. Abdullah Shafiq showed his ability. Rizwan is there and he has given a good answer. Azhar AliSohail said.
“So I wouldn’t say that (Babar) is more trusted, but since Babar has become such a big name, expectations have increased that he does something special in every match.”
Cronartney acknowledged that Pakistan would be a tougher opponent than Australia in the two Tests, but said it would be beneficial for the hosts to play for the third time in a row.
“Pakistan is a strong team. (But) it is good for the team to play three matches in Galle. We know the situation in the last few matches,” said Cronartney.
“Pakistan does not have this opportunity. It is a great benefit for us. We have to turn it in our favor.”
Sri Lanka team: Dimuth Krunartne (captain), Patham Nisanka, Oshada Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kosal MendesDhananjaya de Silva, Kamando Mendis, نروشن ڈکویلا (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Ramesh MendisMahesh Thekshna, Kisan Rajitha, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando, دلشان مدوشنکاParbat J Surya, Dunith WellalageFrom Jeffrey Venders
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