Sri Lanka’s embarrassing loss to Bangladesh last evening was an eye opener ahead of the all important ICC World T20. Chasing a moderate total, the Sri Lankans seemed to be on course to chase down the score, before their middle order got stuck and failed to get the scoreboard ticking against the accurate Bangladeshi bowlers. The absence of Lasith Malinga earlier meant that Sri Lanka’s death bowling was lacking the needed energy.
Stand in captain Angelo Mathews addressed the media after the game and accepted responsibility for the loss. “The run-rate kept creeping up. Once it hit the 10-12-run mark, we couldn’t really hit the ball to the boundary.
So that was a reason for the collapse. Also the shot selection was not really up to the mark. Especially after the start we had got, we could have just milked it through but unfortunately we kept taking those wrong options,” Mathews said.
On Malinga’s injury, Mathews added that he needed more time to recover. “On Lasith, can’t really say… It’s a fitness issue. He is struggling with a niggle and that’s why he didn’t play.
The management thought it was wise for him to rest today but don’t really know about the future games. “Don’t really know if we will have him for the next couple of games or the next game but it is what it is.
We have got only what he have. You have to use only those resources in the game,” he said. Sri Lanka will now face India on Tuesday for their Asia Cup encounter.