Dhananjaya rates 102* in Rawalpindi his 2nd-best

2019-12-16 at 07:32

Dhananjaya de Silva has rated his 102 not out in Rawalpindi the second-best of his six centuries, behind his maiden ton, against Australia in 2016.

Having arrived at the crease on day one, with Sri Lanka losing four wickets for 31 runs, de Silva steadied the innings alongside Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, and Dilruwan Perera, with whom he forged 50-plus partnerships.

Most impressively, he saw through gloomy conditions on successive days, with Pakistan’s quickest bowlers operating.

He also applied himself despite having to repeatedly start over, given the frequent weather interruptions.

De silva said “I think this is my second-best hundred after my first one, definitely. I’ve now got three centuries at No. 6, so I think it’s a very suitable position for me. I’ve batted in the lower order for a little while now, and because my position is settled it becomes easier.”

This is de Silva’s second century in successive matches, after he had also hit a hundred against New Zealand in the second Test in Colombo, back in August.

De Silva’s 2019 run aggregate is second only to that of Dimuth Karunaratne. No other Sri Lanka batsman has hit more than one century this year.