Beaming Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews praised Dilruwan Perera and called him a silent hero of the match against Australia.
Regardless of a poor start at Pallekele, the hosts managed to go 1-0 up against Australia in the Warne Murlitharan Trophy. They carried their momentum at Galle International Stadium and not only displayed brilliant skills in the batting side but their bowlers also bowled spectacular deliveries. As a result the number one Test ranked team not only recorded their lowest total of 106 in the first innings against the hosts but also suffered a heavy defeat.
RanganaHerath grabbed a hat-trick in the match and stole the limelight in the match. However, according to the Sri Lanka captain Perera was a silent hero in the match as he played important role as well. He collected 10 wickets after giving away only 99 runs, registering a brilliant economy rate in the match. He also became the first person from his nation to claim 10 wickets and score a half century in a Test match. The rising star also bagged the accolade of fastest to 50 Test wickets from just 11 Test matches. AjanthaMendis carried the previous record from 12 Test matches.
Spicing his performance further, Perera’s score of 64 in the second innings was better than any of the tourists’ batsmen throughout the series.
The hosts’ skipper admitted that Perera didn’t click in the previous match but at Gelle he was at his best. He highlighted that Perera did lot of training after the first match and it paid off. Mathews added that the 34-year-old is now one of the most important player from his side and Sri Lanka team will benefit from him a lot in the future.
Mathews stated in an interview to media, “He’s a silent hero.After having a quiet first Test, he backed his potential and came back really hard. He was one bowler who the Australians found it really hard to score off, especially on this track.”
This was Australia’s eighth straight loss in Asia and if Pakistan win against England in the Test match at Edgbaston, the Aussies can lose their top rank spot.
Sri Lanka will be going to Colombo for the third and final Test match with an unassailable 2-0 lead against Australia.