‘It wasn’t easy to bat on after losing a couple of wickets’ says Sri Lanka’s top-scorer Chandimal

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Dinesh Chandimal narrated difficulties to bat on after Sri Lanka lost two early wickets at day’s start against Pakistan’s aggressive pace attack consists of Naseem Shah, Mohammad Abbas, and Shaheen Shah Afridi.

“It wasn’t easy to bat on after we lost a couple of wickets. However, my focus was to stay calm and make the most of every good ball. The track here gives you solid chances to score runs once you keep going,” said Chandimal who notched unbeaten 74 runs for the visitors.

The right-handed batsman, making a comeback in Test cricket after February this year, is happy to gain rhythm quickly. “Yeah, I felt immensely comfortable batting on this track. A hundred here would have more value, anyways I hope we get things right tomorrow,” he maintained.

Chandimal is looking forward to his bowlers taking early wickets when play resumes on Day 3. Pakistan are 57-0 with Abid Ali (32) and Shan Masood (21). “I think a couple of early wickets tomorrow will put us back on track,” he said.

For Chandimal, if Sri Lanka gets Pakistan out below 250 it would be a chasable score for them on Day 4. Pakistan are currently trailed by 23 runs. “If we get them out probably below 250, I think the target then will be chase able following our strengthful batting line-up,” he concluded.

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