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When asked whether he made any significant changes to his approach or technique, Dimuth Karunaratne said that his game plan was same but he changed it a bit against the pacers. Winning both Man of the Match as well as Man of the Series against Pakistan in two-Test series in UAE, Karunaratne scored 306 runs at 76.5, including a stellar innings of 196 runs.

There, however, is more to the story. Speaking to observerbd.com, his mentor Harsha De Silva revealed that he had given tips to the in-form Sri Lankan. “It is pleasing to see Dimuth scoring runs in the first innings also. I was in Sri Lanka recently. I had the pleasure of catching up with him and going in the nets for a hit at his request. We discussed and worked on a few things he was having trouble early in the inning. I gave him a few tips and drills which I thought would assist him. I am happy to note it’s helping him. Lot of experts have commented that his balance in the crease and head position at contact has improved since then.”

Many were disheartened when Karunaratne missed his maiden double-century. After playing 404 deliveries, Karunaratne looked tired to pick up the change-in-pace delivery. “It was a top notch Test match knock. I don’t think he should be too disappointed. If he continues to bat this well, it won’t be too long where he scores a few of them (double centuries) as an opener. He has the temperament to do so.”

It was Sri Lanka’s first ever day-night Test. De Silva applauded the fact that the struggling Sri Lanka performed well under the lights. “It was a fantastic effort by the team to put up a big score up in their first pink ball, day-night experience. I am sure the team would have done a few training sessions at home and on tour preparing themselves for the challenge. Most of them having played under lights would have helped to adapt to the conditions too”, he concluded.