Asia Cup 2022: We have a good team with good confidence, will win both matches, says Mahesh Theekshana
Asia Cup 2022: Sri Lanka spinner Mahesh Theekshana, spoke at a press conference following his team’s Saturday five-wicket victory over Afghanistan.
The spinner responded by stating that the team never believed they were out of the hunt at the halfway point. He denied assertions that his side was under pressure in the middle of the inning.
He said, “I don’t feel we were out of the chase at the halfway mark, we were in the hunt for the entire innings.”
Talking about the belief in the dressing room about the target he said, “Yeah we knew that we will get it because we have multiple winners in the team that played well last game too. So yeah getable chase always.”
Speaking about chasing such targets against the other teams, he said, “We know that they have quality bowling attacks but we can surely beat them.”
Additionally, he explained why he had come to bowl in the last overs.
The Sri Lankan said, “The presence of two right-handers till the 14th over was the reason why I was being held back.”
Reacting to bowling the 19th over that went just for three runs, he said, “I had a good plan and that’s why I executed it and as a result, the 19th over had only three runs and I get wicket also.”
On asked about the team not being able to dismiss Rahmanullah Gurbaz cheaply, he said, “It was good luck for him today, that’s why he played such a knock.”
Talking about his team’s confidence for the remaining matches, he said:
“We have confidence that we are a good team and we will win the next two matches also.”
Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan by four wickets in the opening game of the Super Four phase of the ongoing Asia Cup 2022 on Saturday at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium thanks to a late blitz from left-hander Bhanuka Rajapaksa.
Rajapaksa scored a brazen 31 runs in just 14 balls, and Kusal Mendis amassed 36 runs during his innings. Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Naveen-ul-Haq each secured two wickets for Afghanistan.