SL VS AUS: Dasun Shanaka Breaks Down His Knock
Not often do 59 runs get chased down in the final three overs of a T20 chase. And when they do, you know you have witnessed something special. Such was Dasun Shanaka’s onslaught on Australia as he took Sri Lanka home from an improbable situation. Looking for more online betting sites in India for the 2022 season? Read here.
Before the start of the 18th over, the Sri Lankan skipper had ploughed his way to six runs in 12 balls. A Lankan victory seemed distant as even the commentators began talking about trying to get some momentum into the ODI series. But Shanaka had other plans. His next 14 balls read 6, 6, 4, 4, 1, 6, 1, 4, 1, 1, 4, 4, and 6 as he smashed Hazlewood and both the Richardsons (Jhye and Kane) to all parts of the ground.
Dasun Shanaka explains his game plan
“There was a chance it would all go wrong, but I was able to do my best. It was great win – not just for me, but the whole country.”Dasun Shanaka
Breaking down perhaps the innings of his life, Shanaka said, “My plan was to hit three boundaries an over in the last three overs. That would mean 54 runs [if all the boundaries were sixes]. With the singles we would get, there’d be a chance.” And he worked out his plan almost perfectly with nine boundaries in the last three overs to take his team over the line.
“This win is for our fans”: Dasun Shanaka
The nation of Sri Lanka is amidst an economic crisis which makes this win very special for the people there. Financial constraints did not stop people from filling up the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. Shanaka echoed the same saying, “We know that people in Sri Lanka are under a lot of pressure. They are not getting the necessities. Despite that, they are supporting us a lot. We are really thankful to them for that.”
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On Sri Lanka’s batsmen
Despite poor outings for a number of batsmen in the past few series (vs South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Australia), captain Dasun Shanaka feels confident about his batting unit moving forward. “I don’t think we have too many weaknesses,” Shanaka said. “If we take the last two series – against South Africa, and against Zimbabwe – we played well. Our mental state is good. The strength of the batting will decide the series I think because I’m sure our batters will play well through the series.”
The Sri Lanka vs Australia ODI series begins on Tuesday, June 14 with the first match being played at Pallekelle.