“Since 2016 we have not played well,” Tharanga said on Sunday (October 15). “We have not been consistent. Lot of things changed. Players were changed and we had injuries. But still I don’t think we played to our potential. We were not consistent. We play one game well and then we fail to live up expectations. We beat India in England in June but since then it’s been all downhill. We have struggled for consistency,” he added.
Batting has been Sri Lanka’s biggest drawback. Chasing a target of 293 in Dubai, Sri Lanka slumped to 67 for 5 and managed only 209 in their 50 overs. “This series when it started we spoke about batting because batting has let us down over the last few series. We tried to tell the players what is their role. All the players are aware of their roles. I hope from tomorrow onwards we will come up with good batting efforts.”
Sri Lanka fielded well in the first ODI, another area they have been poor in recent times and Tharanga hoped that his team will raise the game in other departments as well. “We made a few mistakes in batting. Failed to capitalize after three of our main batters had got decent starts. We fielded well and that was something that we are happy about. We had a decent outing with the ball as well until the 35th over, but Shoaib (Malik) played really well from there,” noted Tharanga.