Karunaratne dedicates Sri Lanka's Test series win over Bangladesh to fellow countrymen

Vishal Mehra

| May 28, 2022 12:42 PM

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The Sri Lankan Test captain has dedicated his side's Test win over Bangladesh to his fellow citizens back home. Sri Lanka is currently facing an economic crisis and is reeling under internal turmoil due to a lack of food and ever-rising fuel prices.

On Friday, the Test side won the second and final Test in Dhaka comprehensively against the home side by ten wickets. Speaking in the post-match presentation, the Lankan skipper thanked his fellow citizens for supporting the side, despite the problems.

"We would like to thank the Sri Lankans back home, this win is for them, the country is going through troubled times at the moment. We have done well as a Test team over the last few years, a lot of performances and we'll need to continue in the same way," Dimuth explained.

The left-hander lauded the efforts of his fast bowlers to make sure Sri Lanka kept their 100 percent win record in Bangladesh intact.

"We knew we needed a couple of wickets to go our way (on the final day). The fast bowlers did the job for us, both in the first innings as well as the second. We do get good wickets for spinners in such conditions, they did well in patches, but I'm a bit disappointed at how they bowled. They'll have to do a lot better in the next series," Karunaratne clarified.

The first Test at Chattogram ended in a draw. Former skipper Angelo Mathews was awarded the man of the series trophy for amassing 344 runs across two Tests, averaging 172.

Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella also expressed similar intentions to that of Karunartane.

"It's hard time for us as Sri Lankans so actually we kept it (what is happening back home) behind us as we came here to play good cricket and win the series. We want to bring home whatever we could do for them and I think we did it and it's a good positive thing for us," he told reporters.

Sri Lanka are scheduled to host Australia for a full-fledged tour comprising of 2 Tests, 5 ODIs, and 3T20Is starting on June 7.

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