Batting concerns remain for Sri Lanka
Feb 21, 2011 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Despite buoyancy in the camp after their handsome 210 runs victory in the opening A Group World Cup game, there are still areas of concern in the Sri Lanka batting order.
If there is a genuine evaluation of the lower middle-order’s performance against Canada, the analysis in the aftermath of the debut performance at the fancy Sooiryawewa Stadium against the Canadian bowling, will show how three batsmen missed their chance to make an important impact.
Thisara Perera, Angelo Matthews and Chamara Kapugedara wasted chances to follow on from the platform set by Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene in a brilliant partnership of 179. You are not going to see much batter either – scored off 137 balls in 104 minutes, it was rhythm batting and broke through the tightly controlled Canadian game plan.
It was better than the Sri Lanka total of 332 in the 50 overs suggests and only two World Class batsmen in Sangakkara and Jayawardene made it possible. The slash and bash style employed by Tillakaratne Dilshan, is not the answer in such sluggish conditions and his continued role as an opener post CWC11 with a tour of England in seaming conditions could well be examined.