Sri Lanka have kicked off their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship strongly as the Islanders recorded a strong batting effort in a record run-chase to win the Galle Test by 6 wickets. Coming to the final innings of the opening Test match, the home team was expected to falter facing a tough task.
However, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne lead from the front to score a special Test century to allow his unit bag an important 60 points. The 31-year old tackled Kiwi bowlers extremely well to register 122 runs – an innings which saw him smashing 6 fours and a solitary six.
It is important to mention the contribution of his opening partner Lahiru Thirimanne who scored a gritty 64 to form a 161-run opening stand with Karunaratne. Other batters also chipped in with cameos which saw Sri Lanka taking a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Without any surprise, the Colombo born claimed the player of the match award. The second game of the series will get underway from August 22 in Colombo.