Perera confident of a comeback

Sports Correspondent

25 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Sri Lanka skipper Kusal Perera was hopeful to make a comeback in the ongoing three-match one-day international series after losing the opening match by 33 runs against hosts Bangladesh.

The visitors showcased a lack of discipline as a batting unit and apart from Wanindu Hasaranga’s late cameo that nearly gave them a thrilling victory, they hardly could challenge Bangladesh’s score of 257 runs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. 

“We will look to come back and do well in the next game,” Perera said after the first match defeat on Sunday.

Perera praised Hasaranga for his valiant effort with the bat as the right-hander struck three fours and five sixes to hit 60-ball 74 and took his side close to an unlikely win.

Sri Lanka were reduced to 102-6 in the 28th over and it looked like to be a cakewalk for the hosts but Hasaranga led a decent fight back with two lower-order batters gave him good support.

The 23-year old put up two crucial stands of 47 and 62 runs respectively with Dasun Shanaka (14) and Isuru Udana (21) to make the equation in their favour but after his dismissal to Mohammad Saifuddin in the 44th over, Bangladeshi bowlers wrapped up the match quickly. 

“Losing isn't good, but we had a lot of positives. The bowlers bowled in the right directions, batting-wise Wanindu (Hasaranga) did a good job,” said Perera.

“They (Bangladesh) have a lot of seniors with plenty of experience, our bowlers weren't so, but restricting them to 257 was a good effort. On our batting, we need to start taking more responsibility.

“He (Hasaranga) is highly rated as a batsman in these conditions, after bowling 10 overs it was a good knock. Our batsmen must bat at least 30-35 overs, I was a bit disappointed with that. Thought we had a chance (when Hasaranga and Udana were batting) but they bowled well,” he added.