The Srilankan Head Coach Chris Silverwood backs Sri Lanka’s premier spinner Wanindu Hasaranga who had the modest and forgettable outing at fast and bouncy pitch of Perth, giving 53 runs off the three overs he bowled without taking any wicket. Hasaranga’s rare failure was one of the primary reason for the loss as other Srilankan bowlers did perform well and kept them in the match by keep pushing the required net run rate up, until Stoinis arrived and turned the tables.
“He is a fine bowler. We know that. He’s a match winner in his own right. Unfortunately he’s had a bad day today, and it’s not through lack of trying or preparation. We’ll work with him. We’ll build him back up. We’ll give him the support he deserves, and obviously he will work hard and will bounce back from this, I’m sure.”
Binura Fernando pulled his hamstring during the first over he bowled and was ruled out of the remainder of the game. Silverwood lamented his side’s misfortune with injuries in the pace-bowling department who have already lost their premium pace bowler Chameera and emerging Madushanka and Madushan due to their respective injuries.
“Obviously we’re having a bit of bad luck around injuries at the moment,” said Silverwood. “Especially, as you said, in the pace stock. We’ll obviously assess Fernando. The physio is working with him now and the doctor, so we’ll find out exactly the extent of injury to start with and we’ll have to make some decisions from there.”
Despite a strong finish to the innings, Sri Lanka’s score of 157 did not prove enough for the bowlers to defend against the mighty batting line up. The Lankan bowlers did put up a fight , especially Lahiru Kumara who bowled his heart out but Stoinis heroics led Australia to a safe victory.
“We have to give Stoinis credit there. The way he came in and played was exceptional. He showed how much power he had, and obviously made life very difficult for us. We knew that Australia had to come hard at us, obviously, because of the run rate and what have you, but he played superbly well, so credit to him.”
Srilanka started their inning with the bat very cautiously displaying an old fashioned style of keeping wickets in hand in the start and go hard at the end. Silverwood told that this was the plan of the team and top order batters followed it well.
“The question was always what do we do well and how do we use what we have got, and I think from a batting perspective the guys at the top of the order set a platform nicely for us to go off from there.
“Obviously we lost two or three wickets towards the back end, which slowed us down again, but I can’t fault the way the guys at the top of the order played because the ball did move around early on. Life was difficult for us, and clearly we’re not used to that sort of bounce that we get here at Perth.”
Sri Lanka will play their next game against New Zealand at the SCG on October 29, Saturday while Australia will head to Melbourne for their clash with arch-rivals England at the iconic Melbourne Cricket ground, MCG on October 30.