The Cricket Triumph Occurs at a Time When Sri Lanka’s Economy has Crumbled Due to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka said that their series-clinching victory over Australia by four runs was “extremely required” for the island country as it fights perhaps the worst financial recession. With 110 runs scored, Charith Asalanka led Sri Lanka to a 258 total for the five-match series in Colombo, which was just enough to give the hosts an invincible 3-1 advantage.
Sri Lanka clinched their 1st international match against Australia in more than ten years as a combination of spinners bowled out Australia for 254.
They last triumphed in 2010.In spite of the dire economic circumstances and severe shortages of basic necessities like food, gasoline, and medications, the nearly full stadium at R Premadasa Stadium got up to cheer.
After the victory, Shanaka said that such victory was what they greatly needed right now not just for him and his teammates, but for the entire nation. He believes that Sri Lanka citizens should commemorate this win.
The cricket triumph occurs at a time when Sri Lanka’s economy has crumbled due to the coronavirus outbreak, with a decline in international tourism and remittances from overseas workers.
The team’s sole regular seamer, fast bowler Chamika Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, and others all claimed two wickets. Earlier, Asalanka and Dhananjaya de Silva combined for 101 runs to get Sri Lanka out of a dangerous 34-3 position.
Asalanka achieved his century to the roar of a boisterous home crowd, who rose to their feet to acclaim the knock. Australian bowlers continued battling back with important wickets.