Kusal Perera‘s well-paced lass ODI century helped Sri Lanka bind a ODI array 3-0 and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews pronounced a opener had shown majority to set adult a win in a deficiency of a team’s comparison players.
“Kusal Perera showed lot of majority today,” Mathews said. “We didn’t have comparison guys and someone had to step up. we am blissful that he and Dinesh Chadimal did. He doesn’t change his game, during any point. We have always told him to trust in himself and he batted brilliantly.
“We never contend anything to any of a batters unless it is positively needed. We always told him [Perera] to suffer and bat a approach he does since if he gets a start, he will win some-more games for us.”
The opener began sensitively though non-stop adult with a 4 and dual sixes. However, he did not strike a range between a 10th and 23rd overs when Sri Lanka indispensable to reconstruct after discerning wickets. Along with Dinesh Chandimal, Perera ensured Sri Lanka were means to control a compulsory run rate in annoy of a few still overs.
While his initial 50 came off 80 balls, a subsequent fifty runs took 38 balls as a batsman surpassed his prior best of 64 opposite Pakistan. It was also his second fifty-plus measure opposite Bangladesh.
Sri Lanka were also helped by Suranga Lakmal, who bowled a many careful spell of his 21-match ODI career. He gave divided 24 runs and took dual wickets, and his use of a crease, lengths and change of gait were good in all situations.
“Suranga [Lakmal] was shining today. we suspicion he bowled 8 overs for 8 runs. We didn’t have Lasith Malinga so he had a weight of bowling good and he did accurately that,” Mathews said. “I am unequivocally gratified with a approach he bowled today, as good as Dinesh Chandimal who ran into good form today.”
According to Mathews, Sri Lanka’s convene from 67 for 8 to an eventually match-winning sum of 180 in a initial ODI was a branch indicate of a series.
“We had a fighting spirit,” Mathews said. “When we were 67 for 8, many of we guys would have suspicion we would have given adult a diversion though we hung in there.
“Thisara [Perera] played a unequivocally good hit and from there onwards it was only going on. We always believed in ourselves, believed in a group spirit. We never give up. We are unequivocally gratified with a guys.”