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Charith Asalanka pitches for batting-friendly tracks in Sri Lanka


Two matches down and two matches the crew batting first has scored over 300. This is not frequent in Sri Lanka, and for it to occur in consecutive video games is even rarer – the truth is, there have been solely 10 cases throughout 358 ODIs in Sri Lanka, previous to this sequence, the place two consecutive video games have seen a rating of 300 or extra.

By way of video games the place 350 or extra runs have been scored by the crew batting first, Sri Lanka’s 381 within the first ODI was the primary such rating since 2018 – in complete there have been simply 9 such scores on Lankan soil, and solely 4 of these belong to Sri Lanka.

In contrast, final yr’s World Cup alone noticed 13 totals of 350-plus – there have been 24 such totals in each different World Cup mixed. Suffice to say, that is clear indicator wherein route the sport is heading, at the least when it comes to what batters are more and more able to.

And now, lastly, Sri Lanka appears to be catching up – or at the least that is the hope, after the primary two high-scoring surfaces supplied up at Pallekele.

“We have been usually used to pitches the place scoring greater than 300 was a problem. But when we take the pitches we have performed on [in] this sequence to date, these issues appear to have been addressed to a big extent.”

And certainly they’ve. Whereas the surfaces in Colombo for final month’s sequence in opposition to Zimbabwe have been nonetheless of the slower selection, the house crowds in Pallekele have been witness to uncommon high-scoring affairs. And after Afghanistan’s stirring chase within the first ODI – the place they fell quick by 42 runs, however nonetheless managed to document their highest ever ODI complete – they may have been in line for an additional on Sunday evening however have been denied by a collapse of epic proportions wherein they went from 128 for 1 to 153 all out.

That was right down to a disciplined effort by the Sri Lankan bowlers, who caught to their plans of protecting issues tight, letting the required charge rise, after which selecting up wickets when Afghanistan have been compelled to speed up. And Asalanka is acutely conscious that bowling extra on such pitches is a boon not only for their batters, however for the bowlers as effectively.

“Even at present, they [Afghanistan] have been in an excellent place when it comes to their batting however as they have been attempting to speed up I feel we bowled effectively to get them out. However that is how pitches should be, as a result of once we go to play worldwide match[s] we’re usually going to get wickets the place you want to rating greater than 300.

“So to have the ability to do this we have to have practised in our dwelling situations. If we do extra of that then it will be simpler for us to compete in ICC tournaments. Greater than that I feel even our bowlers are beginning to discover ways to bowl on good batting wickets.”

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