With the higher order contributing races for the first time in four games, it is the average order that failed Sri Lanka in the third reduced ODI against England. So said Niroshan Dickwella, the batter who had given Sri Lanka his quick start, hitting 36 of the 25 balls to put the team on track for a score of 58 for 1 at the end of the Powerplay.
Right after the 12-over mark, however, the Sri Lankan entries began to wobble. They lost Sadeera Samarawickrama by a full pitch from Adil Rashid, the batter overcame what should have been a direct sweep for the short leg outfielder. The next ball, Thisara Perera, tried to launch the first delivery that faced in the next galaxy, and only managed to overcome it in depth. When Dhananjaya de Silva fell at the start of the 16th final, Sri Lanka lost three windows for 18 races.
Finally, due in part to 34 pitches of 42 Dinesh Chandimal balls, Sri Lanka collected only 150 for 9 of its 21 kills, a total that always seemed light on a night when bowlers fought to grab the ball. ball.
"We had a good start, but we lacked 20-25 races," Dickwella said. "After being 92 for 2, it was 92 for 4. Suddenly, that was the main turning point, if Thisara could have hit five at that time, we would have finished with a score close to 190. You can not win a 21 at stake. with only 150 on the board. The ball was also wet due to the rain. If we had scored 175, it could have been a winning score. "
Sri Lanka's batting has been consistently modest since the beginning of 2017, when they have now lost 32 of their 42 games. First order within the Powerplay in the second ODI, essentially rendering the game in that period.Now, in this match, the batters lower in the order have not managed to hit, with Thisara and De Silva producing three runs of 11 balls between them
"In the last couple of games we did not have a great association of the higher order," Dickwella said. "This time we got that, but the middle order failed. That has been happening for a while. When the higher order is classified, the middle order fails and vice versa. To get the optimal score, we must click together. "
Although this time, Dickwella was perhaps justified in attacking relentlessly, since the game had become a virtual T20, he has been guilty of wasting his wicket after had had a promising start, had reached double figures in five of his previous seven entries, but had only achieved half a century, admits it is a deficiency.
"I can not be satisfied with my performance. Many times I get 30 or 40, but only one in five games I get 70 or 80. Today was a shortened game, so it's different. Once I got 30 I tried to keep up with the same pace, because we had windows in our hands. But in general, when you look at my one-day cricket, even though I have exits, I have not capitalized and turned them into big innings. "