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                      First 15 overs are important says Perera

Thisara Perera is of the opinion if Sri Lanka can negotiate the first 15 overs on Monday morning, it will give them a chance to come up with a competitive total in the third and final cricket test against Pakistan, played at the Pallakele International Stadium. "If we can cover something like 15 overs, (on Monday) we can get a good score" Perera said at the post match press conference on Sunday. Sri Lanka's plans to have an early strike after sending Pakistan to bat first proved successful with Thisara Perera making a fine return to the test arena with figures of 4 for 63,"I think, with the new ball, we had a bit of help on the wicket. Our game plan was to take a wicket before the 15th over," Perera said after first day's play. Sri Lanka reduced Pakistan to 81 for 4 by lunch and dismissed them for 226 an hour after tea. "I was playing Test cricket after sometime and I got the rhythm after one over or so." "I started hitting the right areas after one over. Mahela was feeding me with some information and one of the main things that he said was that in Test cricket you have to be patient," Perera said. Perera bowled a long first spell of nine overs claimed 4 for 57 in 16 overs, by tea time."I hope I have the fitness. I had bowled 16 overs by tea," he said. "Even when I was playing under-19 level, I was bowling with the new ball and I think I can do well with the new ball," said Perera who shared the new ball with Nuwan Kulasekara, despite the fact that Dilhara Fernando was also included in the playing eleven. Perera seriously thinks of becoming a genuine all-rounder at test level. "I think I need patience to play Test cricket. If you take ODI cricket, bowling line and length is the key, but I hope I will develop and become a regular member in the Test squad as well." "I need to develop my batting a bit more," Perera said.