Sri Lanka suffered their second consecutive series defeat after Australia thrashed them by a margin of 3-0 down under. Lasith Malinga’s men fell well short of the required tempo in all the departments, thereby crashing to a humiliating loss in both the games. One may have thought that the sub-continent rivals wouldn’t go down without a fight; however, the gulf widened in the two games.
Most of the Sri Lankan batsmen, in the two games, got starts. However, they weren’t able to turn into match-winning knocks that could lead them even a single win. Even in their bowling department, captain Lasith Malinga couldn’t produce anything magical to inspire the boys under them and hence were pegged back largely. The Lankans have plenty of work to do if they are to remain a force to reckon with in the next year’s T20 World Cup.
We take a look at the rating each player received based on how they fared:
Danushka Gunathilaka – 5.5/10
Danushka Gunathilaka got Sri Lanka off to a perfect start in the second game, putting on 38 along with Avishka Fernando. Navdeep Saini dismissed him by an absolute peach of delivery for 20. In the third game, during the mammoth chase of 202, the 28-year old became the victim of Jasprit Bumrah in the first over itself for 1. The opener receives a rating of 5.5 out of ten.