Sri Lanka vs India 2017, 1st ODI: We Should have Got to 300 – Upul Tharanga
Sri Lankan cricket at this moment stares at its worst crisis in quite a while now. The side has looked all at sea not just against good teams, but even against the likes of Zimbabwe. The first ODI against a ruthlessly dominant Indian outfit was always going to be a colossal mismatch, and as fears came true, it turned out to be one.
The hosts struggled in both departments miserably, as they had no answers to India’s sheer aura. After being poised at a comfortable position of 139-1 at one stage, Sri Lanka made an absolute meal of the rest of their innings, as the side was bowled out for a below par 216.
The bowling though, was even worse as India, powered by Shikhar Dhawan mainly, dictated terms to Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan bowlers were rendered helpless. The fact that India sealed the chase with more than 20 overs to spare stands as a shameful aspect for the Sri Lankans itself.
Post the game; skipper Upul Tharanga admitted that the turning point of the game, had to be when the collapsed miserably in the latter half of their innings. Tharanga was of the view that Sri Lanka should have atleast scored 300 to have some chance.
“We started really well, and after that, we didn’t capitalise,” said Tharanga. “The middle-order collapsed. One stage, we were thinking of 300.”
“If you want to score 300 in an ODI, someone has to get a big score. We have to learn from the mistakes. The main thing is someone has to get a big one. The bowling also has to become more consistent,” Tharanga added.
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