Sri Lankan batsman Roshen Silva on Friday said that he was confident enough to win the Dhaka Test as they had already taken a 312-run lead against Bangladesh on the spin-friendly surface.
The Lankan bowlers pulled off a sensational effort to bowl out the hosts for only 110 runs in their first innings to help the side take a commendable 112-run lead before batsmen consolidated their position with 200-8 at stumps.
Roshen, who remained 58 not out after hitting 56 in the first innings, added that they would be looking forward to extent their lead as much as possible to completely bat Bangladesh out of the game.
‘I don’t think it is possible to get more than 300 runs on this wicket,’ the 29-year old batsman told reporters in Mirpur.
‘It is common sense but cricket is a funny game. We bowled them out for 100 and we wanted to get more than 300-plus runs actually. We passed it. Tomorrow [Today] morning we will put as much runs as possible to the target,’ he added.
Roshen claimed that with having more experienced spinners in their side, they would be the favorites to take the series from here as 300-plus chase in the fourth innings would definitely be a hard nut to crack for the Tigers.
‘I think this is enough. All the batsmen from the Bangladesh team also know this wicket is not going to be easy. We have a much more experienced spin attack.
‘They also have really good bowlers but Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera are very experienced bowlers. Rangana has 400-plus Test wickets; Dilruwan 700 first-class wickets. Suranga and Akila Dananjaya bowled well too. We are in a good position to win this match,’ he added.
Roshen also revealed that he was confused to get such kind of turning-wicket from Bangladesh knowing the fact that Sri Lanka are a very well spin-oriented side.
‘I didn’t think that this would happen. I thought it would be a good batting wicket. In the sub-continent when Aussies or other teams come we give this wicket but Sri Lanka have a good spin attack. I don’t know why they gave a wicket like this,’ he said.
The right-handed batsman also revealed the way how to bat on such wicket and he made fun out of that praying was the best way before going to bat on such wicket.
‘Before going to bat, praying is the best thing. If you get a good ball on this wicket, you can’t help it. You can lose one or two wickets suddenly. You must get runs from the loose balls,’ he added.
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