Sri Lankan bowler and skipper is not happy with the team’s batting performance
Sri Lankan bowler and stand-in skipper Lasith Malinga is not happy with the way they are batting as they are unable to build an innings. They lost the series 2-0 against India. The very first match of the series was abandoned due to rain otherwise it would have been 3-0 loss. It is not only poor performance with the bat. They also bowled poorly in the 3rd match of the series as conceded 202 runs and was able to score only 123 runs.
They were unable to bat for 20 overs which will be a concern for them. They have lost consecutively five matches. They lost 3-0 to Australia as well. In the last 5 games, they have achieved 99, 117, 142,142 and 115. They have not made 150 plus in the last five games. Malinga said that we have got the facilities, training sessions and the player can bat and can hit the shots but they need to understand how to build an innings. They have the talent and the ability to play shots but they need to be calm and learn how to perform in pressure situations.
The top order and the middle order batsmen need to score big and give the confidence to the team. Earlier, there were Sangakkara, Mahela, and Dilshan who showed the way how to bat under pressure and build an innings that are missing in the tournament. They always have the hunger to score runs which our younger players need to learn and from them. They think that it is a 20 over game so we need to hit each and every ball but the most important thing is to make a partnership. We need to learn from our mistakes and needs to start performing. We still have a few months to the World Cup so we need to take every game as a challenge and must grab the opportunities we are getting.