Having just racked up at 366 against England on the last day, Sri Lanka is hopeful that the tables that were turned on Tuesday remain overturned, that the boots will remain changed and that their hitters will continue their looting on the T20 on Saturday. . Of course, the victory in the fifth ODI took place in a tough battle against one side of England substantially weakened, but its emphatic nature: the victory of 219 DLS races was the largest in Sri Lanka in this decade, has injected fresh energy into what had been a limited limitation.
In particular, Sri Lanka can seek to attack the key bowlers of England. In the fifth ODI, they managed to get more runs from the leg runner Adil Rashid than they had previously in the series. Sri Lanka's new T20 captain, Thisara Perera, said an aggressive approach against Rashid could pay dividends again.
"If you take the last game, anything we want to do against Rashid worked, I thought," he said. "We wanted to be positive against him, when we have that mentality we can put pressure on a bowler, so we urge the batters to come out and play positively, but we also monitor the variations we can expect from each player."
The hitters who started the onslaught on Tuesday were Niroshan Dickwella, who had a good limited part of this tour, and Sadeera Samarawickrama, who made her first international maid out of fifty. The couple was placed at the opening booth of Sri Lanka's first century since July 2017, and could have the opportunity to provide more fireworks from the start. Because Kusal Perera remains on the sidelines with a quadruple variety, Samarawickrama has joined the team and will probably open the tickets again.
"We gave them the last couple of games with the hope of having a good start, because we have to give players opportunities often," said Thisara. "I thought they grabbed him with both hands, we have only a few games before the World Cup and we hope to settle on the one hand, instead of allowing new players to enter and find places."
On a personal note, Thisara believes that the T20 captaincy returned to him because of his best form of batting and bowling in 2018. He had been captain of the T20 for a period at the end of 2017, before being replaced by Angelo Mathews in charge, but now it takes Mathews back from work. Having had three poor years between 2015 and 2017, Thisara has had an emphatic recovery this year, averaging 37.66 and hitting 176 with the bat, even if his bowling in the shorter format has not been as good as it has been. in ODis.
"The captaincy was not something I expected," he said. "I was very interested in representing the country and the captaincy came to me when I got to the top level, they took me out as captain this year, but when I started acting again, they entrusted me with the leadership again, if I can play as a player and continue to lead. the team will be happy with that. "