Bhanuka Rajapaksa: How Charith Asalanka kept the tempo of the game is unbelievable

Bhanuka Rajapaksa: Three of Sri Lanka’s four games at the ICC T20 World Cup were won while hunting. The only game they ever won on defense was in their 70-run win against Ireland. But in their first Super 12 game, they decided to chase Bangladesh once again.

When asked if it was Sri Lanka’s strategy for the future. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who played a 31ball 53 on a score of 86 to win. The match with Charith Asalanka, said they will be fluid.

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“I think it depends solely on conditions because one reason. I think we wanted to bowl first is that we have a really versatile fast bowling attack. And it’s just, you know, the day was good for us. Against Bangladesh today because the wicket was much better than we expected. Usually, the Sharjah wicket tends to help the fast bowlers. Going forward, I think we’ll be changing, adapting to the wicket and it’s just a strategy that we used today.”

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Charith Asalanka only played his fifth T20I and his second at #3 after replacing Dinesh Chandimal in the key spot.

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He was aggressive from the start and after Kusal Perera dropped just four balls in innings. He not only leveled off but revived the Sri Lanka chase. And finished this tournament with the highest individual score to date.

“The result is phenomenal because of the way Charith handled the situation. And how he kept the tempo of the game is unbelievable. It’s not easy playing a No. 3 when we’ve been struggling to find a proper No. 3 batsman. I’ve myself batted No. 3. It’s not an easy position to keep on because you need to play with the scoreboard mostly. After losing KJP, we lost a crucial wicket in the first over. Chasing 170-odd runs and having lost KJP in the first two, I think Charith did a phenomenal job. It’s just amazing how we kept on scoring and the intent was very positive. I think he has a bright future for Sri Lanka. And I hope he will be performing like this throughout the tournament.”

Head coach Mickey Arthur had emphasized. Before the tournament began that Sri Lanka’s inexperience may be the key to their success, while young players play fearlessly.

However, Rajapaksa said that the reason for all the performance of the Sri Lankan team is to believe in others.

“I think when we approach or when we play the first-round games. We were underdogs before we entered the Super 12. It’s such a relief that we don’t have to worry too much because of course expectations. 22 million people are hoping that we will be bringing the Cup back home. And the inexperience I would say, no, we have a couple of experienced guys who have had played games. At the international level.

“At the same time what we have started doing is we have started believing in each other. And we have started speaking to each other. We believe in all the boys. It could be top-order batsman, middle-order batsmen, or even the bowlers; it’s just a complete team effort. That’s how we’ve been consistent throughout the eight games.”

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