Pathum opens up after memorable innings


Pathum Nissanka believes taking correct decisions at the correct time helped him to put up a good show against Australia in the third ODI, where the home team registered a thumping 6-wicket win.

It was a superb run-chase on Sunday night in Colombo when Sri Lanka made what had looked a formidable total prove to be under par, thanks to a match defining ton off the bat of Pathum Nissanka. The young batter went onto score a match-wining 137 off 147 deliveries, which was also his maiden ODI ton.

 “Myself and Niroshan Dickwella were looking to counter attack in the powerplay, and with Kusal (Mendis) the plan was to bat at least 35 overs, so it would be easy for the other batters to get the job done,” said Pathum at the post match briefing.

“Even before I went to the ground, I believed that I could finish the game. I think taking the correct decision at the correct time helped me to put up a good show,” he further added.

Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka’s is turning out to be really competitive, as the hosts and visitors are giving absolutely nothing away
in the battle.

Earlier, Australia won the T20I battle by winning the first two games before losing the dead rubber, and Sri Lanka steered clear of a whitewash.

Action then shifted to the five-match ODI series. The hosts responded pretty well in the first three games of the 50-over format, despite losing the first ODI.

Australia won the ODI series opener by 2 wickets based on DLS method, and the Lankans retaliated with a fearless brand of cricket to win the next two. The Lankans won the second game by 26 runs (DLS method), and came through with flying colours in the third game which they won by 6 wickets in Colombo.

Replying to a query what it felt like playing a match-winning knock against a top-class team, Pathum went onto say:

“Chasing a such target against a world class team like Australia is a very special one and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

As things stand, Sri Lanka are currently leading the series 2-1. They are just a win away from pulling off a spectacular series win over the Aussies. On the other hand, Australia are under pressure now as they will have to win the next two games to seal the deal.

“The team is maintaining a good momentum. We have gained confidence when we head to the next match. Looking forward to another special performance by the team in the next match,” Pathum concluded.   

The fourth ODI begins on 21 June at
R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

Probable XI’s:

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Chamika Karunarathne, Dunith Wellalage, Jeffrey Vandersay, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana

Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch (capt), Mitchell Marsh, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green/Mitchell Swepson, Jhye Richardson, Matt Kuhnemann, Josh Hazlewood/Mitchell Starc

(Pic by Kelum Chamara)

By Mustaq Sydeen