After Sri Lanka's position on day 4 in Christchurch, Angelo Mathews said, "We've given ourselves a great chance to win the Test match."
Prior to the start of day 5 of the first Test in Christchurch, veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews believes that his team has New Zealand in trouble.
Prior to the start of day 5 of the first Test in Christchurch, veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews believes that his team has New Zealand in trouble. According to Mathews, Sri Lanka needs to score quickly if they want to win the Test. The visitors set New Zealand 285 to win on the final day thanks to the right-handed batter's elegant hundred.
In the fifth over, right-arm seamer Kasun Rajitha scored, knocking Devon Conway back for a score of 5. The 35-year-old said he believes the fast bowlers to take advantage of the conditions well and protect the runs scored during a press conference following the fourth day of play. Mathews said, according to ESPN Cricinfo: "We have the quick bowlers to take advantage of the circumstances.
With the conditions, we believe that the fast bowlers will certainly be used if the batters put runs on the board. We have some excellent fast bowlers in the group. That is precisely what they did. "We've greatly increased our chances of winning the Test match. To enter the competition, we must start quickly. Sri Lanka improved from 95-4 to 200 thanks to Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal's game-changing combination of 105 runs.
In the 91st over, the former captain hit a single off Blair Tickner to record his 14th Test century. The seasoned cricketer emphasized that he performed well because he was exposed to these circumstances frequently and complimented New Zealand's bowlers for performing well despite lacking one bowler. The more you play, the more you understand, and I've played a lot of cricket in Christchurch and New Zealand, Mathews continued.
I am aware of the types of circumstances we are dealing with. The New Zealand spinners also deserve praise. "The other three quick bowlers did not reveal anything after Neil Wagner sustained an injury. The going was tough, but they persisted, and we had to put in a lot of effort to get those scores. A Sri Lankan win would go a long way toward guaranteeing them a spot in the June World Test Championship (WTC) final, which will be played at The Oval.