Top-order need to fire: Bhanuka

Sports Correspondent

15 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Cumilla Warriors Sri Lankan opener Bhanuka Rajapaksa said that their top-three batsmen need to stay till the end if they want to go the distance in the ongoing Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League.

Cumilla saw the other side of the coin in their second match, having won the first game against Rangpur Rangers by 105 runs as Dhaka Platoon handed them a 20-run defeat to earn their first win in the tournament.

Perera struck unbeaten 17 ball-42 before taking 5 wickets for 30 runs with bowling to single-handedly crush Cumilla, who eyed their second successive victory.

Tamim’s 53 ball-74 runs meanwhile brought a relief for Bangladesh team management as the opener was going through a prolonged bad patch with willow.

Thanks to Tamim’s well-composed knock that was studded by 6 fours and 4 sixes and Perera’s ultra-aggressive innings, Dhaka racked up 180 runs for 7 wickets, so far the season’s highest’ recovering from a shaky start. Cumilla needed some solid start from the top but as they failed to have one they eventually ended up losing the game by 20 runs.

“’Everyone has got good days and bad days. I would say it is not the worst day we faced in the field but we lacked the ability to contain the opposition to a lesser score,” Rajapaksa told reporters at post match press conference.

“We missed the match by 15 to 20 runs as we gave away too many runs in the middle overs and that is the part when we lost the match,” he said adding that top three need to deliver.

“I think that we need to concentrate on good start with nice strike rate,” he said.

“I think from the top three or four atleast one need to bat till fifteenth over,” he said.

“Whoever gets set must bat till the fifteenth over and score 70 to 80 runs,” he said.

Rajapaksa said that they are regretting for failing to grab the chances that was offered by Tamim as he literally took the game away from them with his classy act.