Kusal Mendis on Nuwan Thushara’s hat-trick – ‘Jogged my memory of how Lasith Malinga bowled’

“I am very joyful for him,” Mendis stated. “With the World Cup across the nook, it is nice to have lots of our bowlers in such type. He is been enjoying in franchise leagues for a while – he performed properly in South Africa [SA20] as properly – I feel that is additionally why he was in a position to give his finest for the crew after we wanted him.

“It was these three wickets [in his hat-trick] that the match turned in our favour. It jogged my memory of how Mali aiya [Lasith Malinga] bowled.”

Coming in to bowl within the fourth over of Bangladesh’s chase of 175, Thushara, who has a slingy, low-arm motion much like Malinga, eliminated the Bangladesh captain Najmul Hossain Shanto off the second ball after which dismissed Towhid Hridoy and Mahmudullah to finish his hat-trick. All three had been full, swinging deliveries as he deceived the batters together with his tempo, swing and low bounce. He later eliminated Soumya Sarkar and Shoriful Islam to finish the five-for, his finest figures in T20Is.

“I agree that the entire match pivoted in that one over,” Shanto stated. “He bowled an excellent over. I feel now we have to credit score the bowler. We had been held again by that over. I felt that if we may have dealt with that over higher, or typically held our personal towards the brand new ball, we may have had a unique end result.

“He bought a little bit of swing. He has that motion. He wasn’t getting a whole lot of bounce because of his side-arm motion. It was holding low. This would possibly not occur on a regular basis, however now we have to deal with these items higher sooner or later.

“We do not normally get to play a bowling motion like his. We performed properly towards [Matheesha] Pathirana within the first two matches. I feel the brand new ball swung rather a lot. We have now to plan higher, and settle for such issues in worldwide cricket.”

Bangladesh additionally needed to deal with a well-recognized risk within the type of Mendis, who made 86 off 55 to single-handedly take Sri Lanka to a aggressive 174 for 7. He now has six fifties towards Bangladesh, the probably the most by any batter in T20Is towards this opposition. He additionally completed the T20I sequence as the very best run-scorer with 181 from three video games.

“In the last few T20s earlier than this sequence I wasn’t actually within the runs, so within the first recreation I used to be specializing in offering the crew with what it wants,” Mendis stated. “Greater than me scoring runs, I wished to do what was finest for the crew, and I am glad I used to be ready to do this persistently over the sequence.

“It will get just a little simpler to bat right here [in Sylhet] when you’re on the crease for some time, particularly below lights. The boundaries are additionally shut in, so you’ll be able to rating boundaries in any manner that you just’re snug. I am pleased with the way in which I carried out in these situations.”

Shanto in the meantime stated there have been a number of positives in Bangladesh’s defeat, selecting out legspinner Rishad Hossain for his all-round skills. “He [Rishad] bowled very properly in keeping with the situations,” Shanto stated. “We would have liked his batting as a result of we now play with six specialist batters and an allrounder. I feel his batting is one to look out for the long run.

“There have been positives on this sequence. The way in which we fought again even after shedding early wickets, within the first match and the third match. The way in which the bowlers made a comeback on this recreation.”

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