Vishwa Fernando has warned that Sri Lanka’s attack is able to tear in once more and provides South Africa “a good challenge”, if their remaining batsmen can muster a fourth-innings goal worthy of the title.
Vishwa claimed his maiden Test 5-for as Sri Lanka triggered a collapse of 9 for 84, after South Africa had been in a place of power at 218 for 1. Sri Lanka’s captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, then led the best way with the bat, ending on 91 not out, as Sri Lanka edged right into a lead with six second-innings wickets nonetheless standing.
“This is a pitch that helps the seamers, and if you bowl good areas then it definitely helps you,” Vishwa stated. “I think if we get another 200-250 runs ahead, we’ll be able to give them a good challenge, with our attack.
“We had a easy plan. We minimize down runs and constructed stress. We talked about that on the drinks break in the primary session [before which South Africa had scored 68 runs without loss]. That’s our easy plan. We had help.
“Tomorrow’s first session is decisive. If Dimuth aiya and [Niroshan] Dickwella bat well and stay in the game, they’ll give us a good chance.”
Vishwa performed an instrumental function in Sri Lanka’s 2-0 win in South Africa two years in the past, taking 12 wickets throughout two Tests in addition to maintaining Kusal Perera firm throughout their extraordinary one-wicket victory in Durban, and stated he had fallen again on the data he had gained after claiming profession-finest figures.
“That previous experience in South Africa was really helpful. I’m bowling to a lot of the same South Africa batsmen. We knew what their strengths were. It was a big advantage to have done well here before.”