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Umar Farooq in Sharjah
November 21, 2011
Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, has criticised his batsmen's inability to take ownership of a modest chase during the fourth ODI against Pakistan in Sharjah, a defeat that cost them the five-match series. Chasing 201, Sri Lanka were on course to level the series at 155 for 3 before they collapsed, losing seven wickets for 19 runs.
"It's unbelievable to lose seven wickets for 20 odd runs," Dilshan said. "[Shahid] Afridi batted and bowled well, but it was really disappointing to lose from a winning position. We were in a good position but we relaxed and no one took the responsibility. As a batting unit we should have finished the game.
"As a captain I can't do anything to change the players' game. As a team unit we have to take responsibility."
Since the 2011 World Cup, Sri Lanka have lost Test and ODI series to England, Australia and Pakistan. Dilshan, however, said he didn't think his leadership would come under scrutiny.
"I don't know what their [Sri Lanka Cricket] views are but I was appointed captain until the South Africa series [in December] so I didn't think [about being removed] but lets see how things goes on."
Dilshan also called for the younger players in his side to take the opportunities they're being given. "We are giving opportunities to the young players and they have to grab them. But at this point they aren't and are throwing their wickets sometimes. They have to learn and show that they are ready for international cricket."
Sri Lanka have already lost the one-day series to Pakistan 1-3 with a match to go in Abu Dhabi, followed by a Twenty20 international on November 25. "We have to finish the series in a strong manner," Dilshan said.
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