Akila Dananjaya Says He Would Have Been More Happier Had Sri Lanka Won the 2nd ODI
Mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya who wrecked havoc in the 2nd ODI against India expressed his satisfaction on his brilliant spell of 6/54 which saw the visitors slide from 109/0 to 131/7. It was a sensational piece of spin bowling by Danajaya and the most difficult part in picking him was that he was bowling some traditional off break deliveries and the wrong uns for the leggies. He got most of his wickets by wrong uns which breached the defense of Kedar Jadhav, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya.
Despite his brilliance, Dananjaya said he would have been happier if his efforts helped his team win the 2nd encounter.
“We would have been happy had we won the game. I am very sad at the moment. I would have returned a happy man had we won,” said Dananjaya after taking 6/54,” said Dhananjaya after his sensational spell.
Akila took 6 wickets for 11 runs in a mere 21 deliveries as the Indian middle order was left scratching their head in front of the brilliance from Dananjaya. The spinner took 4 of his 6 wickets with his wrong uns which the Indian batsmen simply had no clue about.
“I am an off-spinner. Wicket taking bowls are leg-spin and the googly. I bowl a lot of off spin. Work with Piyal Wijetunga (Sri Lankan spin coach) and if I need to bowl variations, Piyal tells me to do so as well,” said Dananjaya.
“I realized that the off-spin was not helping much. So I decided to get back to my variations. The target we had to defend wasn’t too much either. So we had to take wickets. I bowled a lot of variations and it went really well,” he added.
The hosts eventually surrendered the game as former captain MS Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar stitched together 100 runs stand for the 8th wicket to help India reach the target with 16 balls to spare.
Dananjaya who was going through a dream spell should have been given one more over after his first 8. After he was taken off the attack, Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar settled and chased down the target with relative comfort in the end.
“They were set and I thought better to get back later on if someone breaks the partnership. We wanted to win the game. Once wickets come along we also gained confidence. But Bhuvi and Dhoni were superb. They batted really well against our bowlers. Nothing much of a change on the wicket,” he said.
Sri Lanka’s interim coach Nic Pothas said:
“Captain on the field has a gut feeling. How he is going to use his bowlers. Upul (Tharanga) would have kept him back hoping for a wicket. Once we speak to Upul at the end of the day we will get to know better.”
Meanwhile, the spinner had just joined the national team for the 2nd ODI after his wedding said.
“Wedding was in the afternoon. When I got back to the team hotel it was around 11:30 in the night. I wanted to reach earlier than that but it took a little longer. The wedding was at Moratuwa. Finished around 4 pm and we were a bit late when we came,” he said.
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