By Osanda Gunaratna
190,208,132 these were the scores the current 2nd in the ICC ODI Rank team had to offer with the bat which they invariably lost to Australia. Sri Lanka being a very strong side at home was dented due to their major failure with the bat especially by their delicate, million dollar shot playing, wicket throwing batting unit.
Once set Sri Lankan batsmen always try to make a big one but unfortunately for SL that only happened once through a working-hard Upul Tharanga.
SL top 3 batsmen as if Dilshan,Tharanga and Sangakkara were never consistent in this series, most of them perishing to T20 shots.SL top three needs to realise their mistakes and comeback with greater intent to contribute to SL batting unit, before the test series begin and also with the series against Pakistan coming up.
Why Sri Lankan batsmen failed even in flat pitches?
1. Poor shot selection
2. Batting collapse
3. Handling pressure situations badly
4. Lack of concentration
5. Throwing away their wickets
6. Batting technique especially outside the off-stump
7. Lack of big partnerships
8. Inability to bat for longer periods
9. Lack of Patience
10. Maturity by seniors unnoticed
12. Temptation to go for the big hit
13. Senior players lacked responsibility
14. Middle-order being non-existent
15. Wasting good starts made by the openers.
Sri Lanka have experimented the middle-order with various amount of players over the years since 1996 WC but never did find a consistent batsman who can hold the innings through with assurance.
Sri Lanka have experimented from Russell Arnold to now Dinesh Chandimal but none really could remain consistent to play for SL, with most of them given chances repeatedly such as Chamara Silva, Jehan Mubarak, Thilina Kandamby and Chamara Kapugedera which none of them succeeded in the long-run.
As Sri Lanka are moving forward in International Cricket it will be very important to find the right guy to the middle-order who can be a consistent performer for SL. It will take some time but it is sooner rather than later for SL now as Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews holds the key for the Sri Lankan middle order.
In all in all Sri Lankan batsmen was a big failure in this ODI series against Australia, nevertheless Sri Lanka Cricket has to work hard on their batting aspect if they want to win matches .
Batting will be a key aspect in the future for SL and they know that they are up against it.