Sri Lanka’s batting, so far in the series, has failed to live up to expectations. They managed only 173 runs in the fourth ODI and Pakistan chased down the target with seven wickets and 66 deliveries to spare.
“We have to take responsibility as a batting unit. In all games in this series, we have seen that our batsmen are dismissed by the 35th over. All players, including myself, need to take responsibility. We have to take a note on how to start the innings, how to consolidate and then how to finish off. Out of the six batsmen we play, four guys need to take responsibility,” Thirimanne, who top scored with 62 runs, said on Friday (October 20).
The defeat in the fourth ODI was Sri Lanka’s 11th in a row. They lost two against Zimbabwe, five against India at home and have now conceded four games to Pakistan. Although their bowlers have done a decent job, the batsmen have failed to back them up. “We have chatted about how to go about things. How to rotate the strike and how to hit the boundaries. But nothing is working for us at the moment. We have one game left and we will see how it goes. Somehow we have to win the last game,” Thirimanne