Versus Afghanistan we were able to win finally after the batting order collapsed. But the collapses was sense even before it happened. We have noticed that Kusal mendis has a habit of continuing getting out to lower scores consecutively. It is a mental weakness of the player and not about his talent.
He is a superb player, and he should have been sent one down instead of thirimanne yesterday in order build confidence as there was no presure at that moment.But after thirimanne got out there was some kind of feeling that kusal mendis going to trap. When dimuth got out, it was felt that sending a left hander was not a good option specially when 3 dangerous spinners started to operate. It was the ideal time to kusal mendis to walk in to the crease. Also it was bad shot by dimuth to get out at that moment. Openers should have continued that partnership over 200 or something. Then we could have reached a massive total.
It is good that middle order went through such a difficult and pressured situation. Mathews,Dananjaya and Thisara all dismissed withing very short time. However team was able to bowl superbly and turn the match. Lot of positives from the match. Superb fielding and happy to see malinga taking 3 wickets aggressively.
Next match will be very difficult one. But we can improve give our maximum to win it as well. Kusal mendis will be the key to that match. Hope he will come to form quickly this time. And hope Mathews should not give his wickets very easily than that.