Sri Lanka to Play for Pride against England in Final Test

June 06 16:23 2016

slengNew Delhi, Monday, June 6 – Sri Lanka tour of England did not start in a way they wished before landing in the overseas. They missed the chance of bouncing back in the game with a bang in the second Test after losing the first one by an innings and 88 runs. Post being thrashed in a match at the hands of England at Headingley in Leeds, Sri Lanka looked keen to do well at Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street.  The second Test against England was an opportunity for them to level series and mark a comeback.

But that did not happen as English cricketers performed excellently during first few hours of the play totaling 498 runs for the loss of 9 wickets. James Anderson, Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Jonny Bairstow, Nick Compton, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Alex Hales, Joe Root and Jake Ball were parts of Playing XI.  Sri Lankan team had Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Pradeep, Shaminda Eranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Milinda Siriwardana, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis and Chaminda Bandara.

Sri Lanka first innings came to an end on 101 runs.  They tried to put best foot forward in the second innings and scored 475 runs, which weren’t enough to save them from not heading towards another defeat. The remaining runs required for another win were scored by England. When the host was at 80 runs for the loss of one wicket, game was over for the travelers, who are to play for pride against England in the third and final Test, which is to take place at Lord’s in London from June 9. Weather and pitch conditions are supposed to help players of the home side. But Sri Lanka can think of finishing Test series with a win if they pay focus to the match without getting worried about any other aspect.

Pitch plays a significant role in the team’s success but that does not mean that if that isn’t favorable, a Playing XI can’t think of emerging as a victor. If Sri Lanka would be able to take wickets quickly and compel the challengers to take a backseat in the first few overs of the match then ending series 1-2 is possible. The squad bowling first needs to understand that a lot of room can’t be given to the batsman who put a grand total on the scoreboard, feeling no pressure of the balls bowled in a different line and length. Captain of Sri Lanka must be wishing to lead his team from front.  Game plan, strategies and dedicated efforts make the task to attain victory at the end of the day a little bit easy.

To boost confidence of the teammates, the captain needs to make everyone remember their strengths and be aware about their weakness as well. Hopes are high from both young and experienced cricketers who can do well in the last Test matches of Sri Lanka tour of England. The host, on the other hand, eyes a whitewash. They can think of it thanks to good form of some players.  Job on the shoulders of openers, tail-ender batsman and middle order bowlers and all-rounders is going to be enormous. It will be interesting to notice whether it will be England to pull off in the last part or Sri Lanka who taste success what they have been looking forward to since the beginning of the series.

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