First of all I want to let you know that I’m not some inexperienced/narrow minded fan.i personally,through watching and playing the game has a very good knowledge on the game and all other aspects that was on display in today concluded 3rd test between SL and Pakistan such as pitch conditions etc…
At the end of yesterday’s play SL was on a very strong position with many seeing a victory coming our way.Start day 5 and Mahela let their batsman settle through some poor field placings and tactics.Why was it hard for him to give Dilhara (our fastest bowler supposedly at 130kph on average,while Sami touched 145kph regularly so pitch not to blame)the ball and tell him to send a barrage of short balls at the injured batsman?if we weren’t able to get Adnan Akmal out we could have at least forced him to retire but Fernando only bowled a spell that showed no intentions of pushing for victory at all.
Onto our 2nd innings,thanks to the openers,mainly to Dinesh Chandimal we got a good start.After Sanga and Chandimal’s solid partnership it was all unusual to see from a captain like Mahela.Statistics and history showed batting gets easier by the day as dis the Pakistani batsman.Wasting a good few overs for 11 runs Mahela played a get out of jail shot straight to short fine leg.Mostly everyone was expecting Thissara Perera or at least Angelo Mathews to come out and up the rate but outcomes Samaraweera.Did Mahela forget that Thissara was in the team not only as a bowler but as a more than useful low order pinch hitter or did he forget Prasanna Jayawarden and Nuwan Kulasekara’s fast scoring abilities?With only 100 runs needed off 20 overs with plenty of batting to come why didn’t we push for victory?Why weren’t the people who are in the team for specific purposes not used when the need was there?
You could say this writing is fair coming from a disappointed SL fan.But I’m not just talking from a fans perspective.Not only me but commentators(which happened to include legendary test players who had been in such situations many a time) was puzzled to as why SL did not push for victory.
I would love to hear what you guys think 🙂