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Upul Tharanga wants top order batsmen to fire

PTI
Published : Aug 24, 2017, 12:48 am IST
Updated : Aug 24, 2017, 7:00 am IST

Sri Lanka were positioned nicely in the first ODI at 139/1 but lost nine wickets for just 77 runs.

Sri Lankan one-day international cricket captain Upul Tharanga attends a practice session ahead of their second ODI cricket match against in Pallekele. (Photo: PTI)
 Sri Lankan one-day international cricket captain Upul Tharanga attends a practice session ahead of their second ODI cricket match against in Pallekele. (Photo: PTI)

Pallekele:  Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga on Wednesday asked his top order batsmen to fire against a dominant India, urging them not to throw their wickets in the second one-day international, here on Thursday.

Sri Lanka were positioned nicely in the first ODI at 139/1 but lost nine wickets for just 77 runs. “To get to a big total we need the top four batsmen to fire. One or two of them must make a big score. That’s what we have seen in the past 10-15 years. If a player gets a century then we can put up a good total between 280-300,” Tharanga said.

“What I expect from the batsmen is once they have settled in, they should bat the entire innings and take us to a decent total.

“If you look at the past results we have been in good positions in the first 20-25 overs,” added Tharanga.     

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