The inability of an inexperienced bowling attack to execute the plans cost Sri Lanka the World Cup match against Pakistan despite off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana posting 344 on the board. Sri Lanka rode on centuries from Kusal Mendis (122) and Sadeera Samarawickrama (108) to score 344 for nine, a target Pakistan chased on Tuesday with six wickets in hand and ten balls to spare. And Theekshana believes that Sri Lanka failed to put in a complete performance and fell 20 runs short.
“We lost more than 20 runs because we had a chance to go for 370 or 380. And even in bowling we made a lot of mistakes and didn’t execute our plans. Even in the field, actually today, all three departments we didn’t do well, that’s why we lost.
“I think because of the experience we have with the fast bowlers, even the spinners we have, they don’t have much experience. Even they haven’t played all-India matches,” he told the press after the match. conference “Me and Wanindu (Hasaranga) are the only players who have played all over India. I have not played in Hyderabad. So I think they need to gain more experience and play more games. Even for the fast bowlers the smaller boundaries they had in Delhi are very difficult to bowl. So yes, they have to execute plans. I think they will do that in the next matches.”
Sri Lanka were cruising at 283 for four in the 40th over, but the last 10 overs yielded only 61 runs for the loss of five wickets.
And Theekshana said this was the turning point of the match.
“Actually, the wicket was a bit slow in the last ten overs. They bowled a lot of slower balls and we didn’t really execute our plans well. We lost a lot of wickets in the last ten overs,” he said.
“I think the turning point was the last ten overs and the middle overs of our bowling.” Theekshana said there is no room for error for a bowler on Indian pitches.
“Indeed, we have traditionally been a team that wins through our bowling strength. However, playing here is significantly different to playing in Sri Lanka. The wickets here are less forgiving, a small misstep in line and length from a bowler can easily lead to a lead border.
“The other notable difference is the high-scoring nature of the matches here; the team that bats second can chase big totals. I think if we had scored at least 370 runs today the outcome might have been different,” he said .
Theekshana was full of praise for Mendis and Samarawickrama for their exploits with the bat.
“If you look at Kusal’s recent performances, he has played aggressively and adapted well to these wickets. I am not discrediting their talent, but these wickets make scoring easier. We have never seen this level of performance from our players. ” in Sri Lanka,” he said.
“When Kusal and Sadeera played well today, we were on target with a run rate of around eight, amassing 280-260 runs in just 30 overs. Unfortunately, we lost momentum when Kusal got out, and we kept losing wickets, what an impact had on the match.” game significantly.”
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