Kusal Mendis fell for 2    AFP
Kusal Mendis fell for 2 AFP

Sri Lanka continued to have a poor time in the limited-overs format succumbing to their eight successive loss in One-Day Internationals (ODI) last evening. The first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was unlike anything the Test series had produced. Needing 293 to win, visitors suffered yet another collapse tottering to 67 for 5, to end up making 209 for 8.

According to a report in Cricbuzz, coach Nic Pothas post the defeat said that Sri Lanka is still in search of a sound batting order. “We are trying to find the right formula. We know how we want to go about putting 50 overs together. We need to give these guys a certain period of time. Kusal (Mendis) is a very good player of spin and rotates very well. Lahiru (Thirimanne) and Dinesh (Chandimal) are the guys who can play those long innings in ODI cricket for you, explained Pothas.

He adds, “At the moment we are thinking somewhere on those lines. We are in communication with the selectors. The World Cup is going to come quick. Those spots are up for grabs. No one has nailed down a spot. Every position is up for grabs.”

Talking about Sri Lanka s batting in the recent ODI series, Pothas rebuffed, “From a batting point of view, the currency of your batting is runs. If you don’t keep making them, the shop is going to close down at some point. We have to ask the batters to take some responsibility. The top six batters managed 96 between them. That’s not good enough.”

Pothas further stated how is the side dealing with a string of losses. “Confidence is a big thing. When you lose two of the legends of your game it is a massive thing but the other side of the coin, in ODIs Pakistan have got very experienced players. They have won the Champions Trophy and they are flying high. They have got a good formula and we are trying to find our formula. We have not been very good in this format for a while now. We have to find answers and find them quick,” Pothas concluded.

Pakistan meet Sri Lanka in the second ODI on Sunday.