Sri Lanka didn’t take too long to register a victory on the fifth day of the first Test against New Zealand. The team just required 135 runs more to win the match. Given the kind of start the openers provided, it wasn’t a difficult task at all. Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne continued with their good work on the fifth day as well. They added 161 runs for the opening wicket before Thirimanne fell.
He was dismissed by William Somerville for 64 runs. However, it was too late by then for New Zealand to make an impact and turn things around. Sri Lanka was in a commanding position by then and the loss of timely wickets after that hardly affected their chances. Kusal Mendis tried to play aggressive cricket. He smashed a six and four after he walked out to bat. However, he couldn’t stay in the middle for too long and Ajaz Patel got the better of him when he was on 10.
Dimuth Karunaratne gets his 9th Test century
It has been quite a turnaround for Sri Lanka ever since Dimuth Karunaratne has taken over the reins. On this occasion, he led his team from the front and registered a fabulous century. He continued batting with an overnight score of 71 and only went from strength to strength. The left-hander got to his ninth century in Test cricket and ensured that his team got as close as possible to the target.
Though, he couldn’t stay till the end and finish things off. Karunaratne was dismissed for 122 runs by Tim Southee. The pacer managed to find his edge which carried through to the keeper. Then, Kusal Perera was also dismissed for 23 runs by Trent Boult. However, the experienced Angelo Mathews in the company of Dhananjaya de Silva helped them get over the line with 6 wickets to spare. The Kiwis will regret the fact that they took too long to break the opening partnership.
The Sri Lanka fans were thrilled to bits after this emphatic victory. They hoped that the team repeats what they did in South Africa by playing good cricket in the second Test as well. They were all praise for Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne for their batting efforts. The bowlers were also applauded for their heroics.
Here is how Twitterati reacted to Sri Lanka’s win:
Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in Galle with a record chase to start the World Test Championship with 60 points. 🏏 pic.twitter.com/PA5qeWAuDp
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) August 18, 2019
NZ 249 & 285 v SL 267 & 268/4 (D Karunaratne 122, L Thirimanne 64, A Mathews 28*) SL won by 6 wickets! pic.twitter.com/ybeRXMDszy
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) August 18, 2019
Excellent stuff, Sri Lanka. To chase down 268 in the fourth innings, in Galle, tremendous job. Well led by Dimuth Karunaratne. #SLvNZ
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) August 18, 2019
New Zealand being such nice guys post the WC that they basically handed the game on a platter here. #SLvNZ
— Manya (@CSKian716) August 18, 2019
There hasn't been a single drawn Test in Sri Lanka in five years. 25th straight match today with an outright result. #SLvNZ
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) August 18, 2019
Srilanka chase down 268 runs in the 4th innings against New Zealand in the first test match and go 1-0 in the two match series, more importantly gets 60 points in world test championship.#SLvNZ pic.twitter.com/kgJEZ232Lk
— Johns (@CricCrazyJohns) August 18, 2019
'Captain Lloyd' @IamDimuth with a fantastic 122 🏏 leads Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 to a record win in Galle. 3rd successive Test win for him as Captain maintaining a 100% winning record. Now he averages 101 in the 4th innings in Galle. pic.twitter.com/YSPVKzkqw0
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) August 18, 2019
In 14 months SL have pulled off challenging chases in: Bridgetown, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and now Galle.
Plus Kusal and Angelo batted a full day to save a Test in Wellington.
They are far from being the best Test team, but SL have been the most unpredictable. Joyously so
— Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (@sidvee) August 18, 2019
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 18, 2019
Highest successful 4th inngs run chases since 2016:
388 SL v Zim Colombo 2017
322 WI v Eng Headingley 2017
304 SL v SA Durban 2019
268 SL v NZ Galle 2019
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) August 18, 2019
Congratulations to @IamDimuth and the team. Great stuff boys. Keep going. Wel batted @IamDimuth( leading from the front) @thiri66 @Angelo69Mathews @KusalMendis1 @NiroshanDikka and Suranga. Wel bowled @akila4Dananjaya , Suranga, lasith, Lahiru.@dds75official 👏👏👏👏👏👏
— Dhammika Prasad (@imDhammika) August 18, 2019
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