Sri Lanka suffered their worst defeat in T20Is after India crushed them by 93 runs in the series opener and senior batsman Upul Tharanga said the team must show some fight in the remaining matches of the tour.
Sri Lanka won the toss and opted to bowl on a dew-laden Barabati Stadium, but proved no match to India as they were bundled out for a paltry 87 while chasing 181 on Wednesday.
“It’s tough to be on the losing side but we still have to show some fight. We did all right in the one-day series but here we are disappointed,” Tharanga said in the post-match news conference on Wednesday.
In their 100th T20I appearance, the Sri Lankan innings folded in 16 overs after man-of-the-match Yuzvendra Chahal triggered their collapse with a 4/23, before Hardik Pandya ripped through the tail claiming 3/29. “I am very disappointed with the way we batted. We should have batted 20 overs. Losing is okay but we have to get close to the target. The main thing is we could not compete.
“While bowling, we started well but in the middle and death overs we gave too many boundary balls and momentum shifted to India,” Tharanga said. Asked whether the team was missing senior players, Tharanga said it was the best possible squad available.
“This is the best team at the moment. We missed a lot of players because of injuries in the last few series but everyone is here.