Sanga rues lack of bowling

Inability to seize crucial moments cost us the series

Speaking here after a practice session ahead of Sunday’s inconsequential fifth game, Lankan skipper also rued the lack of depth in the bowling department.

“It’s just the inability to get over the line in crucial matches, especially in the first game,” he reasoned on Saturday afternoon.

“Even after the second match that we won, there was a talk in the dressing room that we should have won the first one too because this (second) one was more difficult. I think those kind of crunch situations which we haven’t converted into (wins) reflects in the score-line. There hasn’t been much contrast in performances.

“Both sides’ batting has been dominant and bowling has been patchy at times. Unfortunately we are playing without our best bowling attack, not even close to that; whereas Indians are playing with their full strength,” he elaborated.

The left-hander was effusive in his praise of Tillakaratne Dilshan. “His form has been fantastic for us. He has been batting probably the best in the world and has scored 10 hundreds in both forms of the game. We just hope he keeps on doing the job for us in the same way,” he remarked.

The visiting captain, however, felt the middle-order could have done better. “It’s hard to say they (middle-order batsmen) are failing, because they have got very limited opportunities this series, except may be for the third game. But at the same time there have been a few times when we wanted our middle-order to bat better than they have done especially when we were chasing 414 in the first game.

That game was probably easier to win than the second which we won. And then in the third game when we were 175 odd for two in about 22 overs, we needed our middle-order to stick in and get past 300 which was very much possible,” he pointed out.

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