Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne has called for better application of his batting in the longer format of the game after New Zealand fought to level the series in Colombo. Although the game affected by rain, New Zealand found a way to win, as Sri Lanka failed to fight with the bat both in the innings of the test match to lose by a ticket and 65 runs. Although Karunaratne himself had lawyers his batsmen to play freely earlier, he believes his batsmen lacked patience.
After the Defeat Karunaratne said
When I say that players should be free, I don’t mean you just hit every ball you see. It’s about keeping your mind open. If at any point you feel like you should play the reverse sweep but stop, you’re restricting yourself. There are times when you can get runs from that shot, and when it’s a safe option. It’s about being relaxed.
Freedom doesn’t mean swinging on every ball. It’s about playing with confidence. Sometimes I felt that our players lacked patience. A test is a precious thing, and batsmen must know how to play according to the situation. They must know how to handle that freedom.
The patron was also critical of the selection of shots from some of his hitters on the last day, who he believes played an essential role in the loss. In a wicket that did not turn out to be a minefield on the previous day, the hosts were disappointed and staggered to 32/5, adding only 90 more runs to lose finally. While Lahiru Thirimanne attempted an unnecessary single on the first attempt to run away, his opening partner Kusal Perera chased a full delivery to get caught in the slips.
Finally, if Sri Lanka had done better with the bat in the first innings, a draw would have been the most likely outcome with the hosts when he claimed the trophy. While they only made 244, New Zealand made use of the conditions to publish 431 on the board, gaining a massive advantage in the first entries.
“It was a good wicket in the first innings, and we didn’t execute our shots very well,” Karunaratne said. The batsmen probably thought it was going to be good flat ground, so the app wasn’t there. Even after getting 60runs of 65, played an impetuous shot [in the first innings]. It was a good wicket, and you have to put a good score on it. The Kiwis batted well. They put huge totals and put us under pressure.”
In terms of the bowling performance, Karunaratne disappointed that his team could not take advantage when they had New Zealand stuttering at 84/3 at one stage. While Colin de Grandhomme’s 77-ball 83 proved instrumental in terms of the momentum change, Karunaratne believes his bowlers would have done better to contain the runs. We got the wickets from the first three batters quickly, and I think we thought the other wickets would come soon too, Karunaratne observed. “But they batted very well, and the field also dried up a little, and the moisture that there disappeared. He stopped fogging up. Despite that, we could have played better and stronger.”
“But on the second day, New Zealand played very well, drying the runs on the side of the court. Apart from Suranga Lakmal and Dilruwan Perera, our players don’t have much experience, but I think they’ve played enough first.” -Cricket class to stack one side of the field and bowl for that.”
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