Lahiru Thirimanne, the veteran Sri Lanka batsman, blamed poor batting for his team’s 11th consecutive One-Day International defeat, with the Sri Lankans going down 4-0 against Pakistan after four games of a five-match series, the latest coming in Sharjah on Friday (October 20).
Sri Lanka were bowed out for 173 in 43.4 overs, with only Thirimanne showing some resistance during his knock of 62. Pakistan overhauled the paltry target in just 39 overs with only three wickets down.
Thirimanne admitted it was another disappointing defeat.
“It’s very disappointing the way we have played,” said the left hander. “We have spoken a lot and chatted about how to go about things, rotating the strike and hitting boundaries and stuff like that, but nothing is working for us at the moment.
“One more game left, and we can’t let that game go. Somehow we have to win this,” said Thirimanne of the last game, also in Sharjah on Monday.
Sri Lanka are looking at yet another 5-0 rout in this series, after being whitewashed by South Africa and India earlier this year.
Thirimanne said Sri Lankan batsmen were struggling against spinners and Hasan Ali, who now has 12 wickets in four matches.
“Throughout the series we have struggled against them – both rotating the strike and hitting boundaries. We have chatted like I said earlier, but nothing seems to be working for us,” said Thirimanne. “Throughout this series Hasan has been taking wickets. We have had discussions among the batting group as to what they do as a bowling unit, the slower balls they bowl, and tactics they follow. But like I said earlier, we struggled against him. “