SL vs AFG: Sri Lanka assistant coach defends team’s bowling ahead of Asia Cup 2022 Super Four clash against Afghanistan
SL vs AFG: Sri Lanka assistant coach Naveed Nawaz defended his team’s bowling performance against Bangladesh in their Group B encounter prior to their Super Four round match against Afghanistan in the ongoing Asia Cup 2022.
“We had a couple of players debuting. So you have to give them opportunities and allow them to make a couple of mistakes at this level since they are new to the trade. This is the reason why our bowling was here and there. But they (bowlers) came back together in the end and it was impressive,” said Nawaz in a pre-match press conference on Friday. He termed his side’s thrilling two-wicket win against Bangladesh as “important.”
“Even a small win can be a big win for a country. It is important for us as a group. It lifts everyone up and gives boys momentum to change their thinking and drive things towards the right direction,” he added.
Regarding questions about the pitch, he responded that if a T20 pitch generated 360 runs in a game. And was a “decent cricketing wicket,” then nobody should be complaining.
Nawaz stated that fast bowlers will play a bigger part for the following two months and that the emphasis will be on giving them opportunities because the ICC T20 World Cup is slated for October-November of this year.
The Super Four stage of the Asia Cup 2022 will begin on Saturday in Sharjah with Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan.
Sri Lanka has two points on the board and two victories going into the Super Four. Also they were defeated by Afghanistan in their first game by an eight wicket margin. But they recovered and defeated Bangladesh by two wickets in a dramatic match.
Afghanistan, on the other side, has had a great start to the Asia Cup 2022. They are currently leading the table with four points after winning both of their group stage games. They defeated Sri Lanka in their opening match by an eight-wicket margin. In their subsequent match, they defeated Bangladesh by seven wickets.