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Dasun Shanaka’s innings was remarkable, says Bhanuka

Bhanuka Rajapaksa in action (pic courtesy SLC)
Bhanuka Rajapaksa in action (pic courtesy SLC)

Skipper Dasun Shanaka played a remarkable innings which was a match-winning knock and he can play this type of innings said Sri Lanka’s hard-hitting batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa at the post-match virtual press briefing at Pallekele.

Rajapaksa the 30-year-old left hander further said When Shanaka scored five runs in 11 balls at the middle stage of the innings we were bit worried but we knew he had the ability to play huge shots over the ropes and we had confidence about his capabilities and his ability to stay until the end of the innings to win the game.

Comparing the wickets of R.Premadasa International Cricket Stadium and Pallekele International Cricket Stadium Pallekele is much better and as batters, we had the freedom to play the shots. Especially this wicket was good that is why both teams scored more than 175 runs in this game.

We came to Pallekele to win the game. The hard hitting stroke maker. Bhanuka Rajapaksa the former Royal all rounder said I had to bat at number five in the first two games and number four in the last game. I am very keen to bat at number three but according to the batting order, especially the left and right-hand combination I had to bat between no 2 and 5, and in the third game I had to adjust to that situation to collect runs added Rajapaksa.

I think winning the toss is not a vital factor in these games. However, in these T20 games when we get a target we can chase it better than batting first in the match. Australians have more power to play shots according to their body type (genes) and that’s an advantage compared to us. However, as the professional players, our team is in a good position to challenge any other team. We knew we have to adjust in some areas and in the next series before the T 20 World Cup we have a good chance to adjust with the support of our coaches said Bhanuka Rajapaksa.

I am very pleased to thank ‘God ‘ for giving me this opportunity to play in these tournaments. I knew I have to play the next Australian ODI series but when I will play ODIs (after nearly one year) I have to change my batting style and adjust accordingly to this format. I must have a chat with my coaches and want to adjust to the ODI format said Bhanuka Rajapaksa.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa who came to the Australian T20 series after the IPL tournament scored 0 and 13 as a number five batsman in the first two T- 20 games and was out for 17 in the last game.

He started the series with a first-ball duck off the bowling of Josh Hazelwood at the R.Premadasa Stadium. He said his responsibility is to make runs in this series and looking forward to doing very well for the team as well as the country in the ODI s.

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