Colombo: India’s dogged fightback after losing a flurry of wickets notwithstanding, pacer Dhammika Prasad on Saturday said Sri Lanka can claw back into the game as the nature of the wicket was changing and it was not as bowler friendly as at the start of the Test.
Dhammika Prasad celebrates the wicket of R Ashwin during third Test in Colombo on Saturday. Pic/Solaris Images
Dhammika, who has picked up four wickets so far, is confident of making it count on the morning of Day 3. “In the first session (yesterday), we could get lots of seam movement. In the latter part of the day it has changed a bit. It’s not doing as much as it did yesterday. It’s changed a bit,” Prasad said in the post-day press conference.
“I think we should be able to get those two wickets (remaining),” he added. Prasad (4-83) was more than a threat to many an Indian batsmen. His verbal chats with Pujara and Virat Kohli also added spice to the days play and Prasad said it’s all part of the game.
“At the time, I had had two close lbw appeals against Kohli. I was a little frustrated because I didn’t get them. Also, Kohli and Pujara were getting beaten a lot by the balls I was sending down.
“I was desperate for a wicket, so with that frustration, I did anything I could do to try and get that wicket,” he said, when asked about the chatter in the middle. “Sometimes it happens. It’s part of the games. When we’re having this kind of wicket you have to bowl those kinds of good areas.
“When the batsman is doing well, we have to bowl the right areas all the time. I’m not frustrated. I just kept trying hard,” he added, about beating the batsmen throughout the day.
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