Sri Lanka managed to score only 262 for nine from their 50 overs after having elected to bat first in the first ODI on Sunday and Shanaka immediately blamed his batsmen for the defeat, saying they couldn’t get the rhythm going.
“Actually, earlier on we started really well but it was hanging a bit, they (Indian bowlers) varied the pace really well. So, I think our batsmen couldn’t get the rhythm going on,” he stressed.
Shanaka also praised the Indian players for being aggressive in both batting and bowling.
“They are really aggressive and the kind of cricket they are playing is really good at the moment. We all know how good they are but our bowlers need to lift our bowling phase,” added Shanaka.