Sri Lanka from Shanaka’s heroes to Malinga’s zeroes | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka from Shanaka’s heroes to Malinga’s zeroes

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga

Sri Lanka’s cricketers plummeted to the lowest depths on yet another occasion as they were thrashed by Australia 3-0 in the T20 series that ended in Melbourne on Friday which only undermined the team’s unprecedented success in Pakistan last month.

Sri Lanka under the captaincy of Dasun Shanaka triumphed 3-0 against the number one ranked side Pakistan last month and then crashed to zeroes 0-3 under Lasith Malinga.

Besides Malinga the biggest flop was batsman and vice captain Niroshan Dickwella who made an appalling five runs in two matches after refusing to play in the Pakistan series like Malinga did. Malinga had a poor two wickets in the three matches one of which was an umpiring howler when the batsman was ruled out-leg before to a ball that was missing the stumps and not reviewed.

What was even worse was that the selectors dropped two players Bhanuka Rajapakse and Oshada Fernando during the Australia series and could not even come up with a productive opening combination.

Rajapakse was made the scapegoat and was dropped after he did not score in the first match in which the entire batting line-up collapsed for 99 runs. Isuru Udana who took five wickets in two matches against Pakistan played in just one match and the tour selectors will be armed with a load of excuses to save their skins.