Dimuth Karunaratne, who’s also the player of the series: “I was short of runs before this series, and I had to put my hand up here. I did well here, and so did all the other batters. After the West Indies tour, I spoke to the coach, and he said you have to respect the bowling for the first few overs, and that was the secret behind my form here. They batted really well in the first Test, but we had faith that if we put a good score on the board, I felt our youngsters were going to do well. Everything went well, winning the toss, batting first, the spinners bowled really well. Praveen was fantastic and Ramesh too, but I think they need to play Test matches regularly, build confidence, and if they do that, they will fill the shoes of Dilruwan and Rangana for sure.”
SL vs BD Highlights today Monday, 3-5-2021 – 2nd Test, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka from Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Mominul Haque: “I think the most important thing in this Test match was the toss, in my view. First two days there wasn’t anything for the bowlers. Almost 50% of the Test match was decided by the toss. Conditions are similar to Bangladesh, other than the humidity, with which we were struggling a bit. When you play international cricket, there will be pressure, and you have to embrace it. We lost this Test in the first innings when we were bowled out for 250. We should have batted better then.”
Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and chose to bat first.
Sri Lanka team: Dimuth (capt), Thirimanne, Oshada, Mathews, Dhananjaya, Nissanka, Niroshan, Ramesh, Lakmal, Vishwa, Jayawickrama.
Bangladesh team: Tamim, Saif, Najmul, Mominul (capt), Mushfiqur, Liton (wk), Mehidy, Taijul, Taskin, Shoriful, Jayed.
Match Timings: 04:30 GMT | 10:00 Local
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Ruchira Palliyaguruge
TV Umpires – Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Prageeth Rambukwella
Match number – Test no. 2419