Pakistan performed into our arms: Dilruwan Perera

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SRI LANKA TOUR OF UAE 2017

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“For those who see in Abu Dhabi, Rangana was taking the wicket and I used to be containing from the opposite finish. In Dubai the roles had been reversed.” AFP

Offspinner Dilruwan Perera, who scripted Sri Lanka’s 68-run win over Pakistan in Dubai on Tuesday, says that Pakistan’s over-cautious strategy to disclaim Rangana Herath any wickets within the second Test backfired. Veteran Herath, who took 11 wickets within the first Test in Abu Dhabi, which Sri Lanka received by 21 runs was effectively negotiated in Dubai, however Perera brought about issues ending with eight wickets together with a five-wicket haul within the second innings.

“Pakistan concentrated an excessive amount of on Rangana and tried to stop him from taking wickets. They got here with a plan find out how to play him and did not anticipate me to be a risk. I knew that Dubai would flip greater than Abu Dhabi and simply focused on touchdown the ball in the fitting areas,” Perera informed .

Perera’s efforts ended Pakistan’s unbeaten run in UAE stretching to seven years throughout 9 sequence. The Dubai Test was additionally Sri Lanka’s maiden pink-ball expertise. Perera mentioned that bowling with the pink ball was tougher than the purple ball. “The one distinction within the pink ball is that when the ball will get older, it will not grip a lot. Then as soon as the dew is available in within the evening, it will get more durable to show the ball. That is what occurred to us on day 4 as Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed batted via the final session. They had been very snug. We knew what was occurring and it was vital to not panic and keep calm and stick with our plans. We knew as soon as the brand new ball is on the market on the ultimate day, we’d get the required grip and the help from floor. That precisely what occurred,” famous Perera.

Perera made the breakthrough to finish the 176-run stand between Sarfraz and Asad when the Pakistani captain high edged a sweep shot to Nuwan Pradeep within the deep. “In Abu Dhabi, the wicket was good for batting on the primary 4 days and it solely turned on the ultimate day. However In Dubai, the ball was spinning from day two and by the point we got here to day 4, we knew a goal of 317 was going to be robust. We knew we had the sport within the bag. Simply wanted to be affected person,” Perera elaborated.

The Herath-Perera mixture has labored effectively for Sri Lanka. The duo performed a serious function within the Three-Zero whitewash of Australia in 2016 taking 43 wickets between them – 28 for Herath and 15 for Perera. As soon as once more, they did the job towards Pakistan, this time taking 28 wickets within the two-match sequence – 16 for Herath and 12 for Perera.

“We adapt based on the match scenario. For those who see in Abu Dhabi, Rangana was taking the wicket and I used to be containing from the opposite finish. In Dubai the roles had been reversed. We complement one another effectively.”

Perera had a troublesome time within the latest sequence towards India. He performed all three Tests however managed solely two wickets. “In opposition to India, I didn’t have the fitting rhythm. For this sequence, I made a number of changes to my bowling. That helped me to achieve success. Additionally my batting clicked on this sequence and that gave me lot of confidence. Our tour to India is one month away and I’m concentrating on doing effectively there. Enjoying India is all the time a problem as they’re world’s primary ranked workforce,” Perera mentioned.

An old-school sort spinner, Perera depends closely on his inventory supply and desires seven extra wickets to develop into solely the sixth Sri Lankan to take 100 Test wickets. “I solely bowl the off-beak, however my largest plus issue is that I’ve obtained good management and sometimes bowl the arm ball. Most of my wickets, nevertheless, come from the off-spin, which drifts.”

Why he would not wish to attempt a doosra? “If I bowl the doosra, that would be the finish of my cricket,” Perera mentioned tongue in cheek.

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