In 2nd one day, Sri Lankan batsman’s need to step up, if they want to level the series.
Whenever Lankan’s plays in their home turf, two things seem crystal clear- batsman hit good centuries, contributes commanding partnerships and spin heavy attacks rattles opposition. It’s a trend; they have been following since island’s heroics in 1996. And that’s why, visiting teams always have a presumption- if Sri Lanka plays well in both departments, its need Hercules task to beat them. So, as we saw in 1st odi against Australia that bowlers, even in the post murli and vaas era, are still capable to turn a game, now its time for batsman’s to come good in the series, if they want to keep alive it. Though, indain batting order is being considered as best in world, no doubt those with greats like sangakkara, mahela and dilshan, Lankan’s are no lesser by any means. But it’s not enough to have quality player alone, but quality should be converted into performance. If not, team’s often bound to collapse, as it happened with Indians in England recently and with Lankan’s in pallekele. That’s why 2nd odi is going to be a stern test for Lankan’s batsmen. They are greats, but even they are under pressure to deliver. After all, supporters don’t count reputation. Instead, they count win ratio of the team and performance in the match. So reality for the batsman’s, is that they failed miserably and team lost badly. So, now they will be scrutinized, no doubt about that. As skipper said “we played some lazy shots.” So, they can’t show same approach again. It’s as simple as that.
In England, Indians are blaming swinging conditions, in their home turf, dilshan and co. can say that it was a reflection of twenty-20 matches, where they played audacious strokes, but here, in 1st audacious stroke play turns into embracement. Mitchel jonshons’s delivery against jeevan mendis was a beauty, no doubt about it, but other players played some brainless shots. So, it is time to correct those mistakes.
So, simple formula should be- dilshan and tharanga give a solid start, sanga and mahela keep going in middle overs and mendis, chandimal and mathews play audacious strokes in the final overs. Though, its look simple, but it’s not the case. It needs great application and determination from the batsman’s. if Sri Lankan batsman will be able to do it, we read series 1-1, and if not, we read the series 2-0. It is quite simple mathematics after all.