Angelo Mathews was one of the few hitters in Sri Lanka to shine against England.© Twitter
After suffering a six-wicket loss to England in the second Test, Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur said that bad hitting in the second innings cost his match, and the coach added that the islanders must be ruthless in the future . Dominic Sibley hit an unbeaten 56 and Jos Buttler made a 48-ball 46 when England chased 164 to beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second Test on Monday at the Galle International Stadium to take the series 2-0. Joe Root was awarded both Man of the Match and Series for his impeccable form with the bat.
“We fought and fought for three days and put ourselves in a really good position, and within two hours we threw it away. It was a bad hitter. It’s something I’m going to talk to the players about now. If we get the We need to be able to put our foot on the necks of the opposition and we didn’t. That just wasn’t good enough today. We need to learn to be ruthless “,” ESPN cited Cricinfo Arthur.
On Day four of the second Test, English spinners Jack Leach and Dominic Bess spun a web on Sri Lanka’s batters and the duo packed eight wickets between them when the hosts bundled for 126 in the second innings, making England a target of 164 .
The visitors then found themselves at 89/4 with Joe Root in the cabin, but Sibley and Buttler sewed an unbeaten score of 75 to take England by six wickets.
“That didn’t come close to our game plan. Our game plan was to absorb the pressure, grind it off and grind out a few sessions to make sure we put ourselves in a very good position to push for the win tomorrow That was our strategy. We talked about that for a long time this morning. We used the blueprint of our second innings in the first test game as something we wanted to base our innings on. Somewhere things went terribly wrong. That’s something I’m going to dig up and tonight find it, ”said Arthur.
In the first Test of the series, Sri Lanka suffered a collapse in the first innings and the team was bundled for 135.
“This is not the first time it has happened, and it is something I have to look at with the team. We let it slip in one catastrophic session. Just like in the first test, when we slipped again in the first. innings. can’t afford as a team to have those bad sessions. We need to bring our good and our bad sessions closer together. The game was there for us to play and we didn’t take it. Very disappointed with that, “said Arthur.
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