Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne revealed that they had specific plans to face Pakistan captain Babar Azam during the two-match Test series. Dimuth Karunaratne expressed optimism that his strategies would be effective in keeping Babar Azam quiet.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan kicked off their campaigns in the current World Test Championship cycle, with the first Test at the Galle International Stadium in Galle on Sunday 16 July. The Dimuth Karunaratne-led tam won the toss and opted to bat first in the series. can opener.
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Babar Azam is a great hitter – Dimuth Karunaratne
Speaking ahead of the first Test, Sri Lanka’s captain Dimuth Karunaratne outlined his strategy to press Babar Azam and limit his performance during the series.
“Everyone knows that he [Babar] he’s a big hitter, and he was in the top five in every format. The thing is the way he hit [on last tour]; he knew how to head the conditions and the grounds”, Karunaratne said.
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“So we knew what we had to do against him. We have some plans and hopefully we can narrow it down in the first test and also in the second test. We have some plans for him, hopefully it will work out.” added.
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The Babar Azam-led team made a breakthrough early in the second innings for Sri Lanka by dismissing Nishan Madushka for just 4 runs. Shaheen Afridi achieved the significant milestone of 100 wickets in red-ball cricket.
Playing the Sri Lanka and Pakistan XI
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne(c), Nishan Madushka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Sadeera Samarawickrama(w), Ramesh Mendis, Prabath Jayasuriya, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha
Pakistan: Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam (c), Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed (w), Agha Salman, Nauman Ali, Abrar Ahmed, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah
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