Sri Lanka’s top scorer Charith Asalanka was quite emotional about how the game ended as they were desperate for a win and to lose it from a winning position will be hard to digest. India’s Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar played out of their skin to win the game from an improbable situation and it wasn’t easy by any means.
Asalanka scored a valiant half-century earlier to take Sri Lanka to a respectable score over 270 and Sri Lanka did start well restricting India to 170 for the loss of 7 wickets when Buvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar stitched an 84 run partnership. Sri Lanka had only themselves to blame and not anyone else.
Asalanka Explains The Emotions Behind The Loss
Asalanka revealed that the coach and the whole team showed their emotions as they were desperate for a win and he mentioned the desire to do well as a team for the country. He noted that the hard work was put in until the last over and regretted not being on the winning side at the end.
“We’re all emotional – the team and coaches are all emotional. We’re a young team. We haven’t won much recently, and we’re trying to do our best to play together for our country. Everyone tried hard and took it to the final over, but unfortunately, we couldn’t win.” Charith Asalanka told
Asalanka Reveals The Bowling Plans Of Sri Lanka
Charith Asalanka noted about increasing the required rate and taking the game until the last over was the bowling plan which in fact, backfired them. He noticed that India played the situation better by not losing wickets to Hasaranga and it worked in favor of India. He added that it is important to get breakthroughs at the right time and wanted his team to work on it.
“What we talked about in the 40th over was to push the game deep. We wanted to increase their required rate. But they were successful because they didn’t lose any wickets. They had a plan to play Wanindu out defensively and get runs off everyone else, and it worked. If they’d tried to get runs off Wanindu, then maybe they would have lost. I guess the other bowlers have to talk and figure out how to get a wicket in that situation.”
Charith Asalanka was one of the positives for Sri Lanka as he has got going in both of the games and he would be itching to make a big score next game.