Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka said the team needed a higher shooting order to improve their chances of winning the next round against India from Thursday. Shanaka further added that Wanindu Hasaranga will be missed by the team but the young players should rise to the occasion.
Sri Lanka recently lost a five-game T20I series by a score of 1-4. The score might suggest otherwise, but the team was competitive in the series against Australia. The series also gave the Sri Lankan team an idea of the conditions and combinations for the World Cup later this year. However, the top order’s form was a concern for the team.
“We want the best order to be drawn. Whenever the best order is among the races, we have a better chance of winning. India has a strong bowling lineup and we expect our first order to be drawn , which will give our bowlers a chance to defend,” Shanka said at the pre-game press conference on Wednesday.
Wanindu Hasaranga was ruled out of the T20I series against India due to Covid-19 infection in Australia. Shanaka said Hasaranga will be missed by the team but the young players should rise to the occasion.
“The youngsters have been in the system for a while, they have been playing domestic cricket. It has become normal with the COVID situation. All teams are dealing with it. Wanindu will be a weakness for us but we know he will be back Our team is still quite strong,” he said.
Shanaka has bowled five bowlers in recent games, but he said he’s willing to roll his arm if the situation calls for it.
“Our five main bowlers did well. Personally, I would like to go bowling, but I haven’t had the opportunity to go bowling. If one of the bowlers gets hit, I’m ready to take the ball,” he said.
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