Happy Sri Lanka ‘Playing Well As One Unit’: Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne | Cricket News

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Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne delighted with his victory against the West Indies© UKTN

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne expressed his joy after his side beat the West Indies in the first test of the two-match series. Ramesh Mendis scalped five wickets as Sri Lanka beat the West Indies by 187 points in the first test of the two-game series here at Galle International Stadium on Thursday. “It’s a great test for me. I’m playing after a long time and haven’t even played club cricket recently. I think young people get experience from experienced guys and we have guys like Mathews and Chandimal and the spinners did a good job The fast bowlers didn’t have a lot of overs but they got the job done with the ball, ”Dimuth Karunaratne said in a post-game presentation.

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“The last two months it has been heavy rains and we didn’t know how the wicket was going to behave and that’s why we chose two leaders. We will see what the conditions are for the next one before thinking about the selection. We have to keep up the good work and I have goals to achieve and I am happy that we are playing well as a unit, “he added.

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As the game approached, resuming Day 5 on 52/6, overnight hitters Joshua Da Silva and Nkrumah Bonner pulled it off and the duo added 66 more points overall, leading the visitors’ retaliation.

However, just on the cusp of the lunch break, Lasith Embuldeniya took over Joshua Da Silva (54) and Windies was reduced to 118/7, he needed another 230 to win.

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After the lunch break, Praveen Jayawickrama got the better of Rahkeem Cornwall (13) and Sri Lanka was only two wickets away from victory.

The last two batters were laid off cheap and in the end Sri Lanka recorded a 187-point win to take a 1-0 lead in the two-game series.

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