“We are jubilant with the Performance of our Team under Rangana’s Leadership”– President SLC
In a series full of defining milestones, Sri Lanka romp to a comfortable series victory over Zimbabwe in Harare today (10).
Beating the hosts by 257 runs in this second Test, Sri Lanka climb 1 rating point in the MRF Test rankings to consolidate their place at No. 6, with their rating points on par with South Africa who they meet in a 3 Test Series in December.
Skipper Rangana Herath, the veteran master of spin has once again spelled success, this time in his maiden Test captaincy, picking up along the way his personal bests such as 350 wickets, taking the most wickets by a Captain in a two match series, and joining the ranks of Muralidharan and Steyn in being the only bowlers taking 5 wickets against every Test playing nation. Herath also became the first bowler to bag 50 wickets in 2016.
Herath thanked the team and coaching staff for their efforts in a Tweet earlier today saying “Great performance by the boys with the support of coaching staff, enjoyed the tour & Captaining the side, thanks for all the support”
Speaking from parliament during a short break from 2017 National Budget debate, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and President of Sri Lanka Cricket Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala praised the team on their overall performance and reiterated his policy of scientific and technological approach to take Sri Lanka to where it belongs on the world cricketing arena.
Sumathipala stated “We are jubilant with the Performance of our Team under Rangana’s Leadership. True Cricket is all about Test and Sri Lanka is definitely progressing and building a new culture for OneTeam for our One Nation!”
Stellar performances of the series included a match saving stand of 127 from Dhananjaya de Silva who ended the series on 225 runs, Asela Gunarathne with 225 runs and Upul Tharanga 207. Dimuth Karunarathne won the man of the series award after scoring a century and two half-centuries to top the batting leaderboard with 280 runs.
Sri Lanka meet Zimbabwe on Monday (14) in the first ODI of their Tri-nation series between Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and the West Indies.