Slow over rates a worry for Sri Lanka in the Nidahas Trophy

Published - 14 Mar 2018, 03:22 PM

Sri Lankan cricketer Akila Dananjaya (C) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed unseen Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan during the fourth Twenty20 (T20) international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka of the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy at The R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on March 12, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka team management will discuss finishing their overs on time ahead of the must-win clash against Bangladesh. Meanwhile, match referee banned Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal for not completing over in time. Also, he will miss the all-important fixture against on Friday.

Meanwhile, show over rates has hurt Sri Lanka in the last ten months as this is the third time. Previously, Upul Tharanga also had the same fate during the during Champions Trophy. He repeated the offence in August during the bilateral ODI series against India. As a result, Tharanga lost his captaincy after a 5-0 series whitewash to Pakistan in October.

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Slow over rate a point of concern:

Sri Lanka’s Chairman of Selectors Graeme Labrooy admitted that this issue was a concern and needs to be addressed. Meanwhile, the latest offence happened during Sri Lanka’s five-wicket defeat to Bangladesh. Lankan bowlers failed to complete their quota of 20 overs within the stipulated 85 minutes.

There seems to be too many discussions going on out in the middle. The game obviously went to the wire and the captain and senior players were discussing strategy and what to do. It is not a case of the bowlers took more time to finish the 20 overs, but the umpires and Match Referee had pointed out that we were taking more time in discussing strategy,” Labrooy said to Cricbuzz.

kusal-perera-displayed-his-rev (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Meanwhile, the bowling department and are succumbing to pressure. They have kept out experienced Lasith Malinga out of the equation despite having a great stint in the domestic circuit.

However, Sri Lanka needs to beat Bangladesh to qualify for Friday’s final.

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