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4 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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SL keeper advises Tigers to bat positively to save Test

Sports Reporter, Ctg
SL keeper advises Tigers to bat positively to save Test

With Bangladesh fighting for survival being reduced to 81 for three, Sri Lanka wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella perhaps couldn’t resist him to come up with some advice for the home side.

He said Bangladesh couldn’t survive with a strategy to save their wickets and defend the balls as what was evidenced in the dismissal of Mushfiqur Rahim who was out on what happened to be the last ball of the day.

He also advised Bangladesh to bat positively if they want to save the game.

“They went into a negative position to save their wickets and defend the balls. I don’t think it is the way to bat in this wicket. The ball is turning from the rough. I think positive approach is the best way to play in this wicket,” Dickwella said.

But at the same time, he reminded Bangladesh that they are the only team to win the game.

“We have a pretty good chance to win the Test. It is a pretty good wicket. It is all turning from the rough, and outside the stumps. We are hoping to start the day well. We are bowling in good areas, line and length,” he remarked.

According to Dickwella, however, their patient batting paid the rich dividend for them as they are in the full control of the Test.

“It is 100 per cent satisfaction. We would like to stay in the dressing room and watch our teammates bat for two days. It has been great two days for us. We enjoyed watching our friends batting. I am glad to have made some runs in the end of the innings. Specially, Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva had an amazing approach,” he said.

But Dickwella who also stood on a chance to hit a century was frustrated not to materialise it.

“I missed out on a century again. I have been getting these starts for the past few innings, but I couldn’t convert them into centuries. I have been playing to my strength which were sweeps and reverse sweeps. They were bowling in the rough as well. I think I did a pretty good job,” he believed.

 

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