We need to strengthen the batting, says Siriwardena
Sri Lanka Women's captain is disappointed about the team's batting failure against South Africa
Shashikala Siriwardena believes it is important to keep things simple and focus on the basics in the remaining two matches.
Sri Lanka capitulated easily against a superior South African team in its first outing at the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Galle. It was the fifth time in as many matches that the team failed to cross 100, and it raised concerns about the batting quality.
"I'm very disappointed to say the least," said Shashikala Siriwardena, the captain. "We need someone to bat through the innings, but that just doesn't seem to be happening. Chamari Atapattu is our batting mainstay, and when she doesn't score runs, we don't perform. We can't depend on just one or two individuals."
Siriwardena also hinted that the abject batting would force them to bolster it in its next game against West Indies on Friday. "We definitely need to strengthen the batting,” she said. “Under the conditions, I think 110-120 should be a good score, and for that we have to build an innings."
Sri Lanka has just one day to overcome this disappointing loss. Given the magnitude of defeat, its net run-rate has taken a hit, but Siriwardena believes it is important to keep things simple and focus on the basics in the remaining two matches. "We need to find a way to win the other two games, we can't focus too much on the external aspects," she said.
Although the batting has failed to put up defendable totals, the bowling has been the bright spot. Sri Lanka picked up six wickets while defending 78 against Pakistan in the warm-up game last week. Even today, the South African team was made to work hard, despite getting off to a blistering start.
"I'm proud of the way the bowlers and fielders have responded,” said Siriwardena. “I have complete faith in them. It is heartening to see the fight we're showing on the field. If we put some runs on the board, we can pose a challenge.”