SL vs BD 2021 – Oshada Fernando rues missed alternatives as pitch, climate hamper Sri Lanka
No. 3 “disillusioned” to not get to a few figures as Bangladesh struggle again in Pallekele
On a Pallekele floor that started to exhibit indicators of life on day two. The hosts started the day on 291 for 1, however misplaced 5 wickets for 69 runs by way of the primary two periods, earlier than rallying to 469 for six because of a Niroshan Dickwella half-century. Dangerous gentle and later rain allowed solely 9.5 overs to be bowled after tea.
“What we had deliberate for was to offer them 15-20 overs to bat on the finish of right this moment,” Oshada mentioned. “However due to the climate, and since we misplaced just a few wickets in a cluster, we bought caught somewhat bit within the center. From what I noticed from the floor 550 could be a superb rating.”
Bangladesh had put strain on Sri Lanka early on day two, once they allowed simply 18 runs to be scored within the first hour, earlier than taking three wickets for 25 runs in 16 overs earlier than lunch. It was solely Dickwella’s run-a-ball 64 not out that helped Sri Lanka’s scoring fee get better both facet of the tea break.
“They bowled properly within the morning, so we weren’t in a position to rating rapidly then,” Oshada mentioned. “They bowled line and size very properly. As a result of there was a little bit of cloud cowl, they in all probability had some assist from the floor as properly.
“The pitch was additionally was a bit slower right this moment than it was yesterday. The ball tended to stay within the wicket a bit. I believe by tomorrow or day after tomorrow, there can be some activate this floor. There weren’t many footmarks but, however possibly if it pitches there there may very well be some flip.”
Oshada has one Check century, which he made in Karachi on the finish of 2019, however narrowly missed one other hundred for the second time in three video games. Within the first Check in opposition to West Indies in February, he was dismissed for 91 within the second innings. Coach Mickey Arthur has spoken of grooming Oshada for a protracted stint on the first-drop place.
“I am very disillusioned about not attending to 100. I used to be out for 90-odd within the West Indies as properly, and while you’re a batsman you’re feeling it’s worthwhile to get these runs. It would not matter the place I get to bat – No. 3 or 4, or wherever, what it’s important to do is rating runs as a batsman.”
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @afidelf