Prabhat Jayasuriya and Dinesh Chandimal steal the show as Sri Lanka level Test series 1-1 against Pakistan: Player Ratings for the hosts

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Sri Lanka levelled the two-match series 1-1 against Pakistan

With a tremendous performance after losing the first test, the Sri Lankans bounced back in the second test to defeat Pakistan by 246 runs and level the 2-match cricket series 1-1. 

Chasing 507 was always gonna be a task for any team on day 5 of a test match in subcontinent conditions. Captain Babar Azam put up a fight with 81 runs while Imam-u-Haq contributed with 49 runs.

However, Sri Lankan spinners spun a web and restricted Pakistan to 261/10 in the 4th innings. Prabath Jayasuriya picked up 5 wickets while Ramesh Mendis grabbed 4 wickets. 

Earlier, Abdullah Shafique held his end strong with an unbeaten 160*, which guided Pakistan to their second-highest successful run-chase in Tests, in the series opener against Sri Lanka in Galle.

The first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at the Galle International Stadium had its twists and turns throughout and was well placed with the visitors needing a further 120 with seven wickets in hand in their run-chase of 342 at the start of the final day’s play.

Here, we rate how every Sri Lankan players performed in the two-match Test series against Pakistan –

Batters

Oshada Fernando – 7/10

In a rare series where Dimuth Karunaratne failed as an opener, Oshada Fernando performed exceedingly well averaging 42 from the four innings he batted in this series. With two fifties plus scores in the series, he often laid the foundation for Sri Lankan middle-order batters to come in and score runs.

Dimuth Karunaratne – 6/10

It was a pretty average series from the dependable batter from Sri Lanka who did nothing in the first Test. However, he came back strong in the second game to score 40 in the first innings and most importantly scored in the match-defining partnership of 126 runs along with Dhananjaya de Silva amidst his back spasm in the second innings of the second Test that ultimately led Lanka to victory.

Kusal Mendis – 5/10

Apart from one good innings in the first Test where he scored 76, Kusal Mendis failed to do much with the bat in the series. He needs to be consistent if he wants to cement his place in this improving Lankan side.

Angelo Mathews – 4/10

The backbone of Sri Lankan batting, Angelo Mathews had a quiet series against Pakistan. He failed miserably in the first Test scoring 0 and 9 in the two innings of that Test. He however did start the next test, scoring 42 in the first innings and followed that up by scoring 35 in the next innings.

Dinesh Chandimal – 9/10

Dinesh Chandimal was consistent throughout the series scoring 272 runs

Dinesh Chandimal was consistent throughout the series scoring 272 runs

The man in form, Chandimal scored 272 runs in the series at an average of 68 and registered three consecutive half-centuries before failing in the fourth innings of the second Test. He was clearly one of the favourites to land the player of the series trophy and was maybe just the second best to Prabath Jayasuriya.

Dhananjaya de Silva – 7/10

Hero of the second Test, De Silva had a pretty bad first game of the series scoring mere 34 runs while scalping one wicket. But it was his heroics in the second Test, wherein he scored 33 in the first innings and picked up one wicket while bowling and then followed up with his match-defining knock of 109 runs in the second game that sealed the game for the home side.

Niroshan Dickwella – 4/10

A series to forget for Niroshan Dickwella who had just one score of 50 plus runs from the four innings he batted in this series. He needs to be back at his usual best or else he might soon lose his place in the squad to Pathum Nissanka who has been touted as the next big thing in Sri Lankan cricket.

Bowlers

Ramesh Mendis – 7/10

The fact that Sri Lanka did not end up winding up Pakistan in the first test was due to the reason that Prabath Jayasuriya did not receive any support from any other bowlers. But in the second Test, courtesy of a five-wicket haul from Ramesh in the first innings and following that up with a four-wicket haul in the second innings, Sri Lanka did manage to wrap up the Pakistani innings quickly and hence win the game.

Prabath Jayasuriya – 9/10

Prabath Jayasuriya scalped 17 wickets in this series

Prabath Jayasuriya scalped 17 wickets in this series 

Since his debut against Australia in the second Test, Prabath Jayasuriya has taken the game by storm. He now has scalped 29 wickets from six innings including five fifers and one four-fer. In this series, he scalped 17 wickets and was quite obviously adjudged the player of the series.

Maheesh Theekshana – 2/10

Maheesh Theekshana was pretty abysmal in the lone match he played in the series, scalping just two wickets. With the emergence of Wellage, his Test career might come to an abrupt halt unless he rejuvenates himself.

Dunith Wellage – 1/10

Wellage scalped no wickets in the lone game he played in the series. He and Theekshana will compete against each other for a place as a third spinner in the squad in the home series.

Kasun Rajitha – 1/10

On a pitch where Shaheen Shah Afridi wreaked havoc and scalped four wickets, Kasun Rajitha picked a lone wicket. This was enough for him to get replaced by Asitha Fernando in the second Test.

Asitha Fernando – 1/10

Asitha Fernando scalped just one wicket in the game and although all pacers struggled on a spin-friendly pitch, still he was expected to at least grab one or two wickets for his team just like what Naseem Shah did for the visitors.

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