Thirimanne credits Sanga for batting revival

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By Shehan Daniel 

Lahiru Thirimanne marked his return to international cricket with an elegant 80 during the Third ODI against India at the Pallekele Stadium on Sunday (27) while crediting former Captain Kumar Sangakkara for helping him to refine his game. 


Thirimanne last played for Sri Lanka in January 2016 and was in exile for almost 20 months before he was called up as a replacement for injured opener Danushka Gunathilaka. 


image0115“I met Sangakkara during the England series and then on a few other occasions as well. It’s great to talk to him and get tips. He has played at the highest levels and those little inputs he gives can change your batting. It was so nice to chat with him,” Thirimanne said after Sunday’s defeat. 


Even then, not being able to finish the team’s innings was disappointing he said. 


“I am satisfied with the knock but I couldn’t finish things off,” Thirimanne said. 


He put on a 72-run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal but the hosts managed just 217 from their 50 overs for the loss of nine wickets. 
“The plan was to bat for the first ten overs normally but the ball was seaming a bit and it was not easy to rotate the strike. After ten overs we planned to bat the next ten overs without losing a wicket,” he said. 


“But (unfortunately) Chandimal got hit on his right thumb and it was difficult for Chandi to rotate the strike from thereon.”


He said the time out of the team allowed him to work on and refine his game, exuding optimism about what it holds for him going forward. 


“There were a few areas that I had to work on during my time out of international arena. I worked really hard to adjust those little things. It seems really good. Let’s see how it goes.


I think it’s about experience and working really hard on your batting when you are out of the team. Those things went well for me,” he said. 


Stand-in Skipper Chamra Kapugedera meanwhile, said the lack of lower-middle order fire power restricted them from scoring more than the 217 they ended on. 


“In our lower middle order we don’t unfortunately have that many batsmen who can get some quick runs. After the first five wickets fell we thought that we needed to stay to get a good score. Then Milida got out at a crucial moment and so did I and that’s why we couldn’t get a decent total,” Kapugedera said.