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We need to get our batting and bowling to the same level, Hasaranga says

Before the T20 World Cup, the allrounder wants Sri Lanka to address “weakness in the bottom middle order and lower order.”

Our bowling is good, but we need to improve our batting before the World Cup. Wanindu Hasaranga, the most well-known player in Sri Lanka’s T20 squad at the moment, got four wickets in the second match against Australia, bringing his team back into contention. But, in the end, the goal was too low. Australia simply needed 125 points to win the match and the series.

Hasaranga
Hasaranga

They just needed 128 the night before. Sri Lanka’s middle and lower middle orders had failed to withstand Australia’s quick bowling in the middle overs on both occasions.

Hasaranga said after his team lost the second T20I, “There’s a weakness in our bottom middle order and lower order.” “Right now, they’re a little out of shape, and that’s something we have to accept.” The World Cup is our goal. We’ll be in a much better position if we can add 10% more on the batting side in the next match and in the upcoming series. Our batting made a couple minor errors in these two games.”

Sri Lanka’s total never seemed to be enough, even on a slower track like the one used on Wednesday. However, Sri Lanka had Australia at 99 for 7 at one point, thanks in major part to Hasaranga’s 4 for 33. The visitors would go on to win comfortably, but Sri Lanka’s bowlers had given them a chance.

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“We have to elevate our batting and bowling to the same level in the coming series,” Hasaranga said. “We’re doing fairly well in the bowling department.” If we can build a close game out of a game when they were only chasing 125, then our bowling is in good form. I believe that as we play more matches, we will improve by October [when the World Cup begins].”

Hasaranga
Hasaranga

Hasaranga’s returns on Wednesday came after he was thrashed in the first match, bowling only two overs. When David Warner spoke to the press after the first match, he disputed that Australia’s top order had plotted to assault him. Aaron Finch had gone after Hasaranga early in the second game as well. Until Hasaranga started taking wickets, that is.

Hasaranga stated, “They hit 27 runs off my two overs when I bowled yesterday.” “Any team is under less strain when pursuing a small total.” The stakes are high. As a result, they assault. But a squad like this will try to target me in the first two overs anyhow, because if they get me out early, they take the upper hand. That’s how I’m feeling.

“However, I enjoy it when they assault me.” I can get wickets when batters attack rather than shutting up and guarding. That way, I can put the squad in a better position.”

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