Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 246 runs and leveled the series 1-1.
Dhananjaya De Silva and Prabath Jayasuriya played essential roles in Sri Lanka’s victory. De Silva’s ton in the second innings helped to set a massive target for Pakistan. Jayasuriya continued his dream start of Test cricket and bagged 9 wickets in a match.
Sri Lanka’s victory took them to the 3rd spot in World Test Championship 2021-23 Points Table. Whereas Pakistan has slipped to 5th place due to Sri Lanka’s victory.
Prabath Jayasuriya picked his 4th five-for in 6 innings only.
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Jayasuriya’s dream start in Test cricket
Prabath Jayasuriya has been sensational in Test cricket. Jayasuriya has picked 29 wickets in his first 3 Tests. Prabath has picked 4 five-fors so far. Left Arm Spinner made his debut against Austalia at Galle. And he grabbed 6 wickets in both innings. His best bowling figures are 6/29.
Jayasuriya has joined the elite list of Most Wickets in the first three Tests. Prabath has joint-most 29 wickets with Charles Turner. Narendra Hirwani tops the list with 31 wickets in the first three Tests.
Prabath Jayasuriya has now joint-most wickets in Tests this year. Jack Leach has picked 29 wickets in 8 matches. But impressively Jayasuriya has picked 29 wickets in 3 tests only. Prabath Jayasuriya has created many records and it’s just the beginning of his Test career.
Left Arm spinner Jayasuriya has performed well in the absence of Lasith Embuldeniya and Praveen Jaywickrama. It would be very difficult for Team management to pick any one of them now.
Prabath Jayasuriya shares his journey
Left Arm Spinner Prabath Jayasuriya shared his journey after the Test series with Pakistan. He has shared his struggle story to play for Sri Lanka.
Prabath Jayasuriya said, “It hasn’t been an easy journey. It was tough to come (from the inland town Matale, just north of Kandy), because I had no family there and I was alone. Lots of people helped me. Coach Dinesh Weerasinghe helped me, and I played for Colts and SSC.”
Jayasuriya added that it was tough. He had financial problems as well. Prabath added, “I had to balance all that, and didn’t want to put pressure on my family either. I had opportunities to play outside the country, but my motivation was to play for my country and play Tests. I gave my everything towards that goal and have some success now.”
“I’ve been taking wickets from school level with my arm ball,” Jayasuriya said. “On any pitch that turns, you can often get a lot of wickets with the ball that’s hitting the stumps. The batter is looking for the one that turns, and you’ve got a big opportunity to get him with the straighter one. You can’t bowl it all the time. You’ll get more out of the straight one if you show the batter how much it spins first, and put that doubt in their minds. Then you can use the straight one.”
Jayasuriya even said, “With that Rizwan delivery I came close to the wicket to bowl it. Usually I have been bowling wide of crease. When I pitched it wide of him, he probably figured that it was going to turn away but it didn’t.”
Prabath while talking with Off Spinner Ramesh Mendis said, “What he and I talked, with the coach and the captain, was to make sure we keep the pressure on from both sides. When that happens an end opens up. If you’re leaking boundaries from one side, it’s tough to get wickets. I think we kept the pressure on really well, and when Ramesh was getting wickets, I made sure to bowl tightly.”
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