Dimuth Karunaratne – ‘When Tamim attacks, it’s hard for us to recover’

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“It’s possible that if we try to reduce his rate of scoring, the chances of him making a mistake are higher”

Try to get him lbw early. Try to get him out with offspin. And if none of that works, dry up the runs.

This, according to captain Dimuth Karunaratne, is Sri Lanka’s plan to dismiss Tamim Iqbal – Bangladesh’s top scorer in the first Test. Although he didn’t score a century, Iqbal’s 90 off 101 helped set Bangladesh on track for their mammoth total, before his 74 not out off 98 in the second dig crushed any hope of a Sri Lanka victory, after the hosts had claimed two quick wickets.