Dinesh Chandimal played with grace and guts to help Sri Lanka score a massive total of 554 against Australia in the second Test at Galle. The middle-order batter finished unbeaten on 206 and so became the first Sri Lankan batter to score a double century in Test cricket against Australia.
He broke the previous record of 192 runs set by Sri Lankan star Kumar Sangakkara in a Test in Hobart in November 2007.
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Sri Lanka On The Cusp Of Victory Courtesy of Dinesh Chandimal’s Magnificent Knock
Sri Lanka now has a chance of winning the second Test match and tying the two-match series 1-1 thanks to Chandimal’s heroics. The hosts hold a 190-run lead, and their bowlers have given them a strong start in the Australian second innings, dismissing the likes of David Warner, Usman Khawaja, and Steve Smith on low scores. Sri Lanka have almost won the game with Australia 9 down and still behind Sri Lanka’s first innings total.
Chandimal is an experienced hitter who has represented Sri Lanka in all three forms since 2010. He has, however, had an up and down career, coming in and out of the team.
He is also a former Sri Lankan team captain. He lost his captaincy when the squad struggled and suffered multiple defeats both at home and abroad.
Sri Lanka were blown out in the First Test by Australian spinners. They also got hampered by Covid cases in their camp. They dropped their key spinner and brought in several new faces. Prabadh Jayasurya was one of them. He responded brilliantly as he picked up 6 wickets in the first innings and got back in the second innings to bag another fifer in the game.
This was an important win for Sri Lanka which has had to suffer losses in Test Matches in recent times.