Avishka’s knock was like a breath of fresh air – Hathuru | Daily News


Avishka’s knock was like a breath of fresh air – Hathuru

LONDON, Tuesday – Sri Lanka’s head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has said that Avishka Fernando played the best innings of the 2019 World Cup so far.

Fernando making his World Cup debut against England at Leeds hit a sparkling 49 off 39 balls inclusive of two sixes and six fours that helped Sri Lanka to a total of 232-9.

“That’s probably the best knock in the World Cup so far. Lot of guys have scored hundreds in the tournament. That was pure class cricket. It was a breath of fresh air,” admitted coach Chandika Hathurusingha.

“A rookie comes out to play his first game of the World Cup and takes on some of the best bowlers. He wasn’t just simply attacking, but controlled batting. When we were two down, he gave us the momentum that we needed. Same with other three partnerships that we had in the game,” he said. Fernando’s aggressive batting saw Sri Lanka build up partnerships in the middle order that was lacking in the previous matches. “The team to get confident we needed that. Our top six guys have been amongst runs at some stage of the tournament. It’s a matter of now coming up with a team effort. Not all six guys are going to score runs. But at least six guys need to put up their hands and come up with meaningful contributions. It is important that they got runs,” said Hathurusingha. “At the same time two of our senior most players step up. Angelo played a fine innings. Difficult knock as he was under pressure as he didn’t have many runs behind him in the competition. For him to focus and finish the game like that and for Lasith to bowl like that and get wickets always whenever he came onto bowl was crucial,” he said. On Sri Lanka’s chance of making it to the semi-finals Hathurusingha said, “That’s in our hand isn’t it. We have to play our best cricket to win the game. Even if we play the best game, cricket is such a funny game, even when you play your best game, you still end up on the losing side.

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