The home season of Sri Lanka was a treat to watch as there was jam-packed action. Amidst the economic crisis, the Sports Ministry of Sri Lanka made sure that Australia and Pakistan tours happen without any problem. They would be disappointed that their 2nd edition of Lanka Premiere League was postponed and the Asia Cup 2022 also got shifted to UAE. But nevertheless, two quality teams came and displayed scintillating Cricket which was spellbound.
Sri Lanka’s Successful Triumphs
Sri Lanka had a poor start as they lost the T20I Series by 2-1 against Australia. Aussies as usual were looking to run away with the ODI Series by winning the 1st ODI match. Then Sri Lanka led by Dasun Shanaka won 3 back to back matches and won the ODI Series. They defeated Australia at home after 3 decades which says a lot about Sri Lanka’s hard work.
The Test Series was going to be a tough nut to crack as the Aussies had Smith, Khawaja, and Labuschagne who can play long innings. The spinners spurn a web in the 2nd Test Match to hand the Kangaroos an inning defeat. That victory just spurred and reignited the old Sri Lankan Team who used to be fearless and immaculate.
Sri Lanka achieved something out of the box by defeating Australia by an innings in the 2nd Test Match. The spinners Prabath Jayasuriya and Ramesh Mendis continued to fox the Pakistani batters where they squared the Test Series by 1-1. Under Head Coach Chris Silverwood the team has started to exceed everyone’s expectations.
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What lies ahead for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka currently is placed at the No.3 position in the WTC Table with a percentile of 53.33. They are due to face New Zealand in their WTC. They have an uphill task but an attainable one. Regardless of the result in the upcoming series, the team has shown that they are more than a dark horse.
The likes of Mathews and Chandimal are playing their role of senior batters next to perfection. The credit for this revival must go to ex-Head Coach Mickey Arthur who built this team from scratch. All in all, the Cricketing World must be happy to see a Resurgent Sri Lanka rather than a weakened one.
“Written by Varad Vaichal”
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