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Spin vs spin as Sri Lanka meets Pakistan in the opening match

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– AFP / File

GALLE: Dimuth Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka will look to build on their winning momentum at Galle when the hosts meet Pakistan in a likely pivot battle in the Opening Test starting Saturday.

Cricket remains a welcome pastime for Sri Lankans amid the island nation’s unprecedented political turmoil and economic crisis with the sport bringing in some smiles.

Sri Lanka entered the Pakistan series after two conflicting results in Galle, where they first lost to Australia in a vicious game and then bounced back to attack the tourists on Monday.

Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail said the touring players will have to overcome their weakness to the backspin to succeed in the two-match series.

“Both teams grew up with spins and pitches like this,” said Sohail, a left-hander who played a key role in Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup triumph. speak. AFP.

“But I believe Pakistan will have to work hard if they have to make an impact and win this series.

“Historically we know that Pakistani players have a weakness against left-handed players, so they have to deal with it. So they should prepare well and the batters have to take responsibility. .”

Sohail’s analysis came after first left-hander Prabath Jayasuriya returned a 12-stroke match to send Australia a massive defeat by one play and 39 runs in the final match.

Jayasuriya, 30, is one of three Sri Lankan players including mysterious cameraman Maheesh Theekshana and all-around athlete Kamindu Mendis to reach the first Test limit in the previous match after the team suffered a Covid outbreak.

Kamindu also made his mark in his brave 61 series-leveling victory in 133 runs with Dinesh Chandimal, who achieved his first test of the second century – the 206 didn’t come out. .

Sri Lankan advantage

But Kamindu will certainly lose his place to Dhananjaya de Silva if the all-powerful striker recovers from the virus and is fit for the opening match against Pakistan.

The visitors, led by Babar Azam, bolstered their rotation attack by sending veteran foot spinner Yasir Shah back to the Test team.

Babar himself is in brilliant form with the Bats and recently hit 196 goals against Australia in the team’s home series, which they lost 0-1 in March.

Openers Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq also participated and Sohail insisted the batting was not a one-man army.

“The series against Imam-ul-Haq was very stable and Abdullah Shafique showed his ability. There was Rizwan and he reacted well and there was Azhar Ali,” Sohail said.

“So I wouldn’t say there’s an over-reliance (on Babar), but because Babar has become such a big name, the expectation is getting bigger and bigger that he’s going to do something special.” different in every game.”

Karunaratne admits Pakistan will be a tougher opponent than Australia in the two tests but believes playing in Galle for the third time in a row will be an advantage for the hosts.

“Pakistan is a strong team. (But) playing three games in Galle is good for a team. We know what the conditions are like in the last few games,” Karunaratne said.

“Pakistan doesn’t have that opportunity. Big advantage for us. We need to turn that in our favor.”

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