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Sri Lankan coach Jerome Jayaratne said that he was simply humiliated after watching his side’s dismal performance in the second ODI against New Zealand at Christchurch. Sri Lanka on batting first, could only manage a paltry 117 as their batsmen looked completely out of sorts against the rampant Kiwi bowlers. To rub salt on the wounds, the hosts chased down the target in just 8.2 overs, crushing the Sri Lankan morale.
“Today was a really humiliating day actually,” Jayaratne said. “It was a bit disappointing. We didn’t expect a performance of this sort. At least in the Test series we were in a position to save a game, as well as in a position to win a game. But then when you look back at the two ODIs in Christchurch, it’s been a humiliating performance.”
“Mentally it’s difficult for us in the pavilion to control their thoughts,” Jayaratne said. “We can only make them aware and speak about it. We can say there was a lack of experience in the Test team. But in this team, apart from two or three guys, all the others have played 50 to 100 games. Without any management even they should put on a better performance. It was very amateurish,” the coach added.
“In the first ten overs we lose our way and get into a rebuilding phase all the time. We lose three or four wickets in the first overs. Even if we don’t get many in the first ten, the plan was to capitalise later in the innings. That didn’t happen in both the games,” Jayaratne concluded.