Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga said on Friday that they needed to learn how to handle the pressure situations such as the one they faced during the final T20I against India on January 10 in Pune. Sri Lanka lost by 78 runs at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium and lost the three-match series by 0-2.
“I think in these kind of situations where the conditions were wet, we need to control the ball better,” Malinga said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Wrist spinners Lakshan Sandakan and Wanindu Hasaranga were responsible for India’s middle order collapse in the middle overs but Shardul Thakur and Manish Pandey’s heroics at the end helped India reach 201 for 6. In reply, Sri Lanka could manage only 123 runs, 68 of which came from a fifth-wicket partnership between Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva.
“They got away in the last three overs. But our top-order batsmen got out quickly while Dhananjaya and Mathews showed us how easy it was to bat here. We need to learn how to handle these situations better,” he said.
Lasith Malinga said the good show by Hasaranga and Sandakan is something they will be looking to utilise in the upcoming T20 World T20 in Australia later this year.
“This is the talent we have in Sri Lanka and we have to back them and get the maximum out of them in the World Cup. All teams in the world are using wrist spinners, and we have good bowlers in Hasaranga and Sandakan. These are the two bowlers we are looking at going into the World T20,” he concluded.