"Can bounce back in fourth One-Day"- Dilshan
Sri Lanka skipper Tillekeratne Dilshan pledged his team is capable of
bouncing back to contention in the fourth One-Day International cricket
match in Sharjah on Friday. Dilshan reiterated that his team should
rectify the mistakes and work on that and take the plus points into the
next game to win. UAE being different, everything backfired once
Sangakkara was run out. We did not bat badly. “Once I got out they came
back and bowled really well. But still if one or two other batsmen gave
the support to Angelo Mathews and batted a few more overs the story
would have been different, but credit also should go to Pakistan as they
bowled well during the last few overs,” said the Sri Lankan captain.
He said that Sangakkara’s run out and the manner in which he got out
was the turning point of the Innings. “Sanga’s run out and my dismissal
was certainly a turning point in the innings. I should have finished the
match after getting the start, if I had batted for another five or six
overs, the story would have been different.
Dilshan thought the manner in which the Pakistan openers Mohammad
Hafeez and Imran Farhat got about that they would reach the 300 run
mark. But he gave full credit to the Lankan bowlers who restricted them
to 257 after being 151 for no loss in 29.2 overs.
“257 is a target well within our reach, the dew factor wasn’t there
and the game swung towards Pakistan’s way. Our aim was to get a couple
of batsmen to get going and a partnership between Sangakkara and myself,
but unfortunately, both of us got out after getting a good start. If one
had dug in till the 45th over or so we would have achieved the victory
target,” he said.
He said that the team has done well in certain areas of the game and
hoped to take all the positive aspects into the game in Sharjah and go
step by step and try to win the match to square the series once again
and make the fifth match interesting in Abu Dhabi.
With regard to the reintroduction of the two new white balls, Dilshan
said that the players are gradually getting used to it. At the beginning
of day/night games even during the time of the late Kerry Packer, the
innovator of day/night games, two balls were used from either ends.
These harder balls with the seam prominent helped the pace bowlers
immensely in these games. But due to some reason, after some years the
Cricket Authorities decided to play with one ball.
This made the ball get discoloured soon and softer which helped the
batsmen specially during the power play and put up big scores even
exceeding the 300 or 400 run mark at times. However, with the
re-introduction of the two new white cricket balls we should seldom see
teams reaching those proportions.
Now with the introduction of the two new balls a total in excess of
over 250 is a good total to defend.