AUS vs SL: Could have done better this series, says Dasun Shanaka
AUS vs SL: Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka said that his team might have played better in the five-match T20I series against Australia after their maiden victory on Sunday.
Sri Lanka defeated Australia by five wickets in the fifth and final T20I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, with Kusal Mendis (69*) and Dasun Shanaka (35) starring with the bat. Sri Lanka won their first game of the series, but Australia went on to win the series 4-1.
“The boys played really well throughout the series, they made a clear statement. When we come, we’ll really prepared for the World Cup. Unfortunately, we missed a few players in between, we could have done better this series,” said Dasun Shanaka after the game.
“(On Kusal Mendis) He has been an outstanding player throughout, he was on and off in the last few years. When a player gets a consistent run, he performs and he’ll consistent. We should keep giving opportunities to the right players. I should thank all the Sri Lankans who supported me throughout the series. So happy to see them again and again. See you soon in the World Cup,” he added.
With only 54 runs on the board in the seventh over while chasing 155, Sri Lanka lost its first three wickets, bringing Kushal Mendis and Janith Liyanage together in the middle.
Both hitters put on just 17 runs for the fourth wicket, which broken by a run-out in the ninth over, reducing Sri Lanka to 71/4 and leaving the visitors 84 runs short of their target.
Mendis and Dasun Shanaka scored 69 and 35 runs respectively, guiding Sri Lanka to a comfortable five-wicket victory.