Sri Lanka “let it slip in a single disastrous session”, says coach, after second Galle defeat
Sri Lanka threw it away. Their hyper-aggressive method to the second innings wasn’t a part of the plan. And their 126 all out ruined three days of excellent work.
These have been Mickey Arthur‘s takeaways after the dispiriting 2-Zero loss towards England. Sri Lanka had established a 37-run first-innings lead on the fourth morning, with England on account of bat within the fourth innings. And but, their batsmen crumbled to 66 for six earlier than lunch – 5 of these gamers dismissed taking part in attacking photographs. That part of play primarily handed England the match, even if they eventually had to chase 164 for victory, because of a late 40 from No. 10 Lasith Embuldeniya.
“We fought and fought and fought for 3 days and obtained ourselves in a extremely good place, and in two hours we proceeded to throw it away,” Arthur mentioned. “It was poor batting. It is one thing I’ll sit and discuss with the gamers about now. Once we lead the sport, we have to have the ability to put our foot on the neck of the opposition and we did not try this. That as we speak simply wasn’t adequate. We have got to be taught to be ruthless.”
Such was Sri Lanka’s dedication to wanton aggression on this innings, that there have been questions whether or not the staff had agreed that all-out assault was their finest manner ahead on this Check. Arthur mentioned, nonetheless, that the plan had really been to progress extra steadily, and to bat time, as they’d within the second innings of the primary Check, when Sri Lanka made 359 in 136.5 overs.
“That was nowhere close to our gameplan. Our gameplan this morning was to soak up strain, grind away, and grind out a few periods to make it possible for we obtained ourselves into an excellent place to push for the win tomorrow. That was our technique. We had a protracted chat about that this morning. We used the blueprint of our second innings within the first Check match as one thing that we wished to base our innings on. Someplace it is gone horribly incorrect. That is one thing I’ll dig up and discover tonight.”
The primary Check was misplaced on account of an analogous collapse, within the first innings of the match that point. Sri Lanka have been skittled for 135, once more taking part in with excessive aggression.
“This is not the primary time that it is occurred, and it is one thing I must look into with the staff,” Arthur mentioned. “We let it slip in a single disastrous session. Very like within the first Check once we let slip within the first innings once more. We will not afford as a staff to have these poor periods. We have got to get our good and our dangerous nearer collectively. The sport was there for us to take and we did not take it. Extraordinarily disenchanted with that.”
Among the many solely shiny spots for Sri Lanka for this collection was the bowling of Embuldeniya, who took 10 for 210 on this Check, and likewise produced his finest first-class rating with the bat. Embuldeniya had not been chosen for the Assessments towards South Africa a number of weeks earlier, however via the course of this collection has introduced a case for being thought-about Sri Lanka’s premier Check spinner.
“I used to be very excited for Lasith Embuldeniya,” Arthur mentioned. “He works so exhausting at his recreation. If you get these rewards, in his ninth or tenth Check match, it is unbelievable. I at all times inform him he is obtained the present of the fingers – he is capable of spin the ball. I believe he is obtained an exquisite future. He actually is a really spectacular younger man and spin bowler. I am very excited to be working with him in future, as a result of I believe he will be very particular.”
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf