Is Lasith Malinga angry at his men? The question can be raised after the performances in the second ODI against South Africa. Losing the second ODI of five-match series in Centurion by 113 runs, Sri Lankan Captain Lasith Malinga expressed his feelings to the reporters.
South Africa beats Sri Lanka by 113 runs
South Africa beats Sri Lanka by 113 runs on the second ODI of five-match ODI series. Though Sr Lanka won the toss but opted to bat first. The Protea openers picked 91 runs before, ReezaHandriks surrendered to Thisara Perera. Then Quinton de Cock scored 94 runs and Captain Faf du Plessis got 57 runs which mainly threw the 351 runs target to the visitors.
To the target of 252 runs, Sri Lanka lost the openers by 29 runs on the scoreboard. Oshana Fernando scored highest 31 runs for Sri Lanka. Kusal Mendis’ 24 runs and Thisara Perera’s 23 runs were not enough for an honorable lose. By the wicket of Lasith Malinga at 138 runs and on the 33rd over made the result of the match. South Africa beats Sri Lanka by 113 runs.
Is Lasith Malinga angry at his men?
The Sri Lankan Captain blamed the initial overs, “First 10-15 overs we did not bowl well. But we corrected ourselves and restricted them to 250. Very good effort from the bowlers. I think they didn’t understand. I feel this is not a gift”
“They have talent. That’s why they’re playing for the national team. They have to understand that. They have to understand their own value. We have done enough talking. Players have to realize they have to value these opportunities. They don’t come around every day. They have to grab it”
Faf du Plessis is pleased to his teammates
But Faf du Plessis is pleased to his teammates on thieving of world cup-19, “ I suppose from a perfect game, it was rewarding. We probably would have wanted 40-50 runs after the start. You are not always going to bat well and put up the runs, but you need your bowlers sometimes to bail you out of trouble.”
“The three fast bowlers in tandem was good to see. Lungi hits the bat hard and always picks up wickets. He is a massive weapon for the team. He (Nortje) has got a huge tank to bowl 7 overs in a row and bowling them with control, good signs for us. Probably from a year or two I wanted to transition from a good player to a great player.”
Protea captain Conclude with, “Obviously for us, the vision is to look ahead. We will look at possibly making some changes and it is good we are 2-0 up, gives us an opportunity to make those changes. We have someone like JP to come back, so we have to see where we can fit him in, same with Steyn”
Therefore, Is Lasith Malinga angry at his men? The answer can be yes. As the recent performance of Sri Lanka team can annoy the captain. Hope the visitors will come back like the test.