Sri Lanka set up many records in Test series against WI at Antigua | Daily News

Sri Lanka set up many records in Test series against WI at Antigua

Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Tirimanne
Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Tirimanne

The two-Test series between Sri Lanka and the West Indies ended in a 0-0 draw at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

However, during this Test series Sri Lanka players were able to set up many records on the field.

 Suranga Lakmal     
Pathum Nissanka   

After losing the Twenty20 series 1-2 and the One Day International series 0-3, Dimuth Karunaratne’s team put up a better display during the Test series to finish the tour on a high note.

Pceman Suranga Lakmal was named Player of the Series and finished with 11 wickets including a career best five for 47 in the first test.

Lakmal took four for 94 and two for 62 in the second Test.

“I really wanted to win the game and always bowled according to a plan,” said Lakmal after the second Test.

“The Antigua wicket was helping bit more for the paceman and I really enjoyed bowling in this wicket and I know how to bowl in this type of wickets with my experience,” said Lakmal.

“It was not easy to take wickets in this two match series. I think both teams did really well during this series and we saw both teams working hard to get a decision,” Karunaratne said after the second Test.

“The seam bowlers had to do some hard work but we need to improve out batting. Anyway overall we can be satisfied with this performance,” said Karunaratne.

“Sometimes, we were missing one bowler but Dhananjaya de Silva came forward and did a good job.”

“The way Oshada Fernando and debutant Pathum Nissanaka batted they were very calm and that is very good for the future.”

“We were taking wickets in patches but need to improve our line and length.”

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka opener Lahiru Thirimanne was the most successful batsman in this Test series scoring 240 runs with three back-to-back half-centuries.

Karunaratne scored a match-saving 75 in the second innings of the second Test and his knock of 75 broke Arjuna Ranatunga’s 24 year old away record of most runs scored by a Sri Lankan Captain in a fourth innings of a Test match. Ranatunga scored 72 not out against the West Indies in 1997. Thirimanne and Karunaratne also became the second opening pair to score two successive century partnerships in the fourth innings of a Test match. Karunaratne and Thirimanne put on 161 against New Zealand at Galle in 2019 and added 101 against the West Indies at Antigua.

Earlier Geoff Boycott and John Brearley (England) put on 154 against Australia at Nottingham in 1977 and added 185 against Pakistan at Hyderabad in 1978.