Sri Lanka still trying to get the right batting formula - Pothas

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As Sri Lanka suffered their eighth successive ODI defeat on Friday (October 13) against Pakistan in Dubai, coach Nic Pothas suggested that the team is still trying to sort out the right batting formula. Chasing 293, Sri Lanka slumped to 67 for 5 and never recovered.

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Wal Adi Warusawithana's picture

I knew it before the game that all these verbal diarrhoea from Upul is just talk without any substance. As a captain and a most senior player he gobbled up 38 balls for paltry 18? Is that what you expect from a player who made his debut almost 12 years ago? Moreover being a captain this is what he could deliver, not to mention his lethargic fielding display!

I must also add that Chandimal and Milinda both were very disappointing. I like to know based on what fitness benchmark Thisara Perera was selected? I am sure whoever watched the game saw his visceral fat and add insult to injury he was spraying magic spary to his belly fat for all to see and giving something to chuckle for the commentators. Based on performance alone I like to see Thisara dropped for the next match. But we don't have any fast bowling allrounders in our squad so I wonder who will come in?

I will keep posting this until whoever made that stupid decision to make him as a captain understand that it was the most moronic decision made by the panel who should know better.

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The most recent ODI victory came against India where Kusal Mendis batted at 3 and made winning knock in that game. And Gunathilaka was another fellow, gave a another good innings. Then, Angelo finished it off on his way.

I would suggest that is the right formula. You don't need to keep changing in every single match. I know Kusal is a bit out of form. It pretty sure he will be back soon with form.

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Playing XI against 2nd ODI

1. N Dickwella(wk)
2. U Tharanga(c)
3. K Mendis/ C Kapugedera
4. L Thirimanne
5. D Chandimal
6. M Sriwardene
7. T Perera
8. A Dananjaya
9. J Vandersay
10. S Lakmal
11. L Gamage

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The current formula is certainly not correct and I am not sure why we are even trying it which shows how much off the mark we are. To have Tharanga, Thiri and Chandi in your top 4 in this day an age is simply illogical. The reason is simple, even if all three come off I don't see it being a competitive target that the bowlers can defend. All three are traditional type accumulators when the requirement is probably ONE of them in the top 4 to be surrounded by stroke makers.

For example, Warner and Finch with Smith at #3 or Hales and Roy with Root at #3. Most teams are attempting the stroke-maker option while we are fiddling around with Tharanga, Chandi and Thiri. Need to wake up folks, we have just had the worse year win loss rate ever (by any test team) it's time to make some positive changes and stop going to a plan that will not work even it comes off.

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