Abu Dhabi. Sri Lanka’s top-order batting failed even after winning over Ireland in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier match, losing 3 for 8 at one point in the match. He was finding it difficult to even score 100 runs on the board. At the same time, now regarding the batting of the top order, Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka said that we will change the batting of the top order. Sri Lanka won their first qualifier match against Namibia and needed a win against Ireland to secure their place in the Super 12. But after losing three wickets for just eight runs, that team was in a very difficult position.
However, the plan to bring leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga up the order was successful as Sri Lanka could be put in a strong position with Hasaranga’s 71 off 47 balls and Petham Nisanka’s 61 off 47 balls.
Captain Shanaka said that promoting Hasaranga at five was a plan he had thought of for the T20 World Cup and he was happy with his performance. Shanaka said that he was a little worried about 8 for 3 but in the end, the partnership between Hasaranga and Nisanka made the team a good comeback.
“Obviously it was a concern at 8 for 3, but Hasaranga and Nisanka put up a great partnership,” he said. Hasranga’s scintillating innings helped Sri Lanka to a 70-run victory in the next round of the T20 World Cup.
Captain Shanaka is also happy with his fast bowlers Chamika Karunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera, who got Ireland moving early and helped the team get a decent win.
Shanaka said, “It is wonderful to have fast bowlers in the team, the credit for the effort put in at the nets goes to both of them and the coaches. Along with fixing the top-order batting, it will be important to focus on the fielding as well.
Chasing 172 runs in the match, Ireland lost openers Kevin O’Brien (5) and Paul Stirling (7) in 2.3 overs. While O’Brien had hit a short at short fine leg off Karunaratne in the first over, Teekshana dismissed Stirling in the third over. At the same time, after two overs, Gareth Delany was bowled by a googly from Hasranga. (IANS)
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