SL out to save series Batsmen aren’t fulfilling their responsibilities - Managers and Coach Kapugedera likely to play today

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By 2017-10-18

By Sirinama Rajapaksa in Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka team will be out to save the series as they know another loss will concede the series 3-0 to Pakistan when they walk into the third ODI at Abu Dhabi today. Even after limiting Pakistan to a modest tally of 219, Sri Lanka couldn't chase down the target despite a heroic effort by skipper Upul Tharanga who ended up with an unbeaten century. Yet the hosts took a lead in the 5 match series 2-0 and another win will make the rest of the two games dead rubbers. Expressing his views to the media subsequent to the third one day match, Sri Lankan batting Coach Hashan Tillekeratne said that the team hopes to correct their faults and once again enter into the competition during the third match.

Tillekeratne said he expected the team to chase down the score of 220 set by Pakistan. He also said, "The series is still open to both teams. The weakness shown by Sri Lankan batsmen, especially towards spin bowling, should be rectified soon. Leg spinner Shadab Khan bowled extremely well. We have to train ourselves on how to face leg spin much better and hope to obtain a good result in the third match," Asanka Gurusinghe, the Manager of the Sri Lankan Team said, expressing his views after the second defeat. He further said that the main reason for this defeat was that the six main batsmen in the team did not fulfill expectations.

Since, it was the team which won the toss and batted first that has won many of the one day games played at this stadium, Gurusinghe replying to a question raised, said that in the second one dayer, if Sri Lanka had won the toss, they too would have elected to bat first. He also said, "The average winning score to target at this stadium is 250. Therefore, we thought that it would be possible to chase a score of 220 and win. Our bowlers fulfilled their duties very well. However, batsmen should take on their responsibilities. There is no point in talking about the injuries of players now. It is with this team that we have to play and therefore the Selection Committee will make a decision in the future as to what should be done."

Meanwhile, responding to the question as to whether there will be changes in the Sri Lankan team for today's match, the Manager said that a decision will be taken subsequent to discussions with the coach and captain. "We have to win the next game somehow," Gurusinghe said.

The third one day match today at the Abu Dhabi Stadium is likely to see some changes made to the Sri Lankan team, with the possibility of Seekkuge Prasanna and Chamara Kapugedera being included.

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