'Bowlers didn't stick to plan' - Sangakkara

By Rex Clementine

Kumar Sangakkara
Kumar Sangakkara attributed his team's average performance against the West Indies to the attitude of his bowlers. PHOTO/Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI.

November 20, 2010 (Island Cricket): Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara found fault with his bowlers’ attitude on the first day of the Test match in Galle that helped the West Indies to get off to a good start, allowing Chris Gayle to reach his second triple hundred in Tests.

Speaking to journalists after the game, Sangakkara said he was disappointed with the effort put in by his bowlers during the first two sessions of the Test.

"We were pretty wary about what the West Indies could do. The only thing is our attitude in the first two sessions was a bit wanting. The first six overs were okay although we didn’t make the batsman play too much. But after that I thought the lines and the lengths we bowled on this track was not good enough for us to put any pressure on them either to get wickets, or to cut down on runs. Chris took a lot of advantage from that and he batted magnificently," Sangakkara said.

"It’s two things on these tracks. Number one is to try and make the new ball work for us. If it doesn’t work in picking up wickets, how we build up pressure by bowling one side of the wicket to one set field. It’s nice to limit them to one side and dry the runs up. Those are the things we’ve got to do a bit better and when that happens with our spinners we can build a lot of pressure," he added.

Sangakkara also expected a better effort from the fast bowlers after neither Thilan Thushara nor Dammika Prasad managed to get a wicket in the Test match.

"We can improve quite a bit in that area. We try and always get their bowling plans from them rather than making it kind of an instructional session at team meetings where you tell people what to do. We ensure that everything we want done is communicated and at the same time they come back to us specifically with what their plans are for cutting down on runs, or trying to take wickets of specific batsmen."

One positive to come out of the Test match was Tharanga Paranavitana’s effort with the bat after he top scored with 95 runs in the second innings, batting under pressure.

"It was a fantastic effort. He quickly adjusted from the first innings and he showed us what a real old style opener he is in Test cricket; grind away at the opposition and score runs. Opening partnerships are also crucial in Test cricket. We’ll try and build on all those things," Sangakkara said.


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Seems like we're going to see a different fast bowling combination for the secong Test. Maybe 3 spinners and one paceman, depending on the conditions. It's a newly laid wicket at RPS, so most probably hasn't settled down yet and might start to crumble even on the first day...

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