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‘I was surprised that Bangladesh went down that quickly’


It has been a tour to remember so far for Chandika Hathurusingha and his side and now they are only one win away to finish the tour perfectly. Before the start of the tour, there were many discussions after Hathurusingha was named the head coach of Sri Lanka as he was the former coach of Bangladesh.

As expected, Hathurusingha knew many plans and ploys of Bangladesh and in a press conference on Saturday before the 2nd T20I, the Sri Lankan coach admitted that his experience with hosts Bangladesh helped him chalk out plans better.

He said:
“I think yes, to be honest. We had some strategic plans for some of the players. We knew how they would react under pressure. They came very hard in the first two games which I expected. If that didn’t happen, I would have been very disappointed.”

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On how the tour went:
“I was happy about it and then happy about how we came back as well. All in all, it was a satisfying tour for me personally. Actually, I am very pleased with the response I got from the players. I think it has got to do with the familiarity of being with my country. It helped me to communicate better. It took time but they responded very well to the challenges.”

Did Bangladesh panicked?
“I don’t think they panicked. They played really well at the start of the tri-series. They put both teams under pressure playing how they know to play. I think they put doubt on themselves after few failures. I was surprised that they went down that quickly.”

When asked about the last match of the tour:
“We are not going into any game to lose and we are coming here to win the game. Finishing with a win is [going to] very encouraging for us.”

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