Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, blamed inconsistent batting for his side’s defeat in the ODI series against India. Sri Lanka needed to avoid a loss in the fourth ODI to stay alive in the series, but went down by 46 runs, handing India the trophy with one more match left in the contest.
Jayawardene, like his counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has led the scoring for his team, but none of the other batsmen have been able to back him up. Sanath Jayasuriya’s 60 today was the only other fifty for Sri Lanka in the series besides Jayawardene’s two, and the remaining batsmen haven’t been able to make up for the poor scores from Kumar Sangakkara.
Jayawardene admitted the lesser-known players need to step up their game. A positive for Sri Lanka, though, was the performance of their bowlers, especially the medium-pacers in the absence of Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando and Farveez Maharoof.
Thilan Thushara has been outstanding with ball and bat, so was [Nuwan] Kulasekera. Besides picking up career-best figures of 5 for 47 in this game, the left-armer Thushara has also been Sri Lanka’s second-highest run-getter in the series; an ideal replacement perhaps for Chaminda Vaas, who happened to pick up his 400th ODI wicket.
With a bowling line-up consisting of Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lanka can surely make opposition batsmen sweat, but Jayawardene wants his batsmen to put the runs on board.
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Sandesh Kumar Jaggi