Chamika Karunaratne backs Sri Lanka batters to post 300-plus scores

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Karunaratne, who top-scored in the first ODI, said the fact that most of the batting order had got starts was encouraging

Although none of Sri Lanka’s batters hit a half-century in the first ODI, the team has the ability to put up scores that will challenge India – something beyond 300. This was what allrounder Chamika Karunaratne said following Sri Lanka’s drubbing in the match. Karunaratne had top-scored from No. 8, hitting 43 off 35 balls, but five other Sri Lanka batters had made scores greater than 20.

Karunaratne said the fact that most of the batting order had got starts was encouraging.

“A lot of our batsmen got good starts, but a lot of us weren’t able to continue,” he said. “We were trying to play longer innings – even when I was batting with Dasun Shanaka in the 42nd or 43rd over I asked him if I should go for some big shots, but he told me to wait until the 45th over. If more of our batsmen had been able to bat longer, we could have attacked earlier and gone for a bigger score. We do have the ability to get to 300 or 350, and hopefully that will happen in the next games.”

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