“Even during the Indian series he was amongst runs, but this time around Niroshan has been very consistent. He is working very hard on his game,” Tillakaratne noted.
There were a couple of close calls when Pakistan batted but they managed to finish on 51 for no loss at stumps. “It has been turning from the day one and I am sure it will offer more turn from tomorrow onwards and we are looking forward to a good day’s contest. Pakistan have a very good batting unit and we need to stick to our game plan and get some wickets in the first session,” he said.
Sri Lanka’s batting coach, Hashan Tillakarante, says that he is working with opener Dimuth Karunaratne on how to get going when he gets into the 90s. Karunaratne went onto make his career best-score on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan in Dubai, but was dismissed four runs short of a maiden double hundred. He was run-out on 93 during the first Test in Abu Dhabi and two months ago, missed out on a Test hundred against India by just three runs.