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We let ourselves down: Nic Pothas

We let ourselves down: Nic Pothas

SL 205
IND 11/1 (8.0 Ovs) CRR: 1.38
Day 1: Stumps – India trail by 194 runs

Sri Lanka coach Nic Pothas called the first day’s play of the second Test in Nagpur a disappointing one, after the tourists were shot out for 205 having elected to bat first on Friday (November 24).

“It was a disappointing day for us. No demons on that wicket and we didn’t bat as well as we should have done,” Pothas told the journalists.

“The captain made a decision at that time. We empower the batsmen to make decisions at the middle. He obviously felt that that was the way to score runs at that point, but it didn’t come off. I probably say that maybe the timing of that shot was perhaps not at its best. But you cannot be there forever and block it,” Pothas added.

“We let ourselves down from that point onwards. You can’t say that Niroshan Dickwella gets out and the rest can get out. Dickwella is a positive batter and that’s a shot he plays well. I don’t want to stop him [from] being himself. I want people to bat the way they bat and he is kind of player who transfers pressure back to the bowlers.

“We have to execute our plans. The wicket has got no demons. It hasn’t spun, it hasn’t seamed. There were six straight ball dismissals. Ashwin and Jadeja have got wickets bowling stump to stump. At this level you can’t be missing straight balls,” Pothas added.

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