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Cricket news - Players need to understand value of playing international cricket: Malinga

Sri Lanka lost their last seven wickets for 46 runs after a good bowling show.

Lasith Malinga was as blunt as he could be following Sri Lanka's 113-run loss to South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion. After having done extremely well to restrict South Africa to 251 in 45.1 overs, the loss of their last seven wickets for just 46 runs had them skittled for a mere 138 in 32.2 overs to go down 0-2 in the five-match series.

"First 10-15 overs we did not bowl well. But we corrected ourselves and restricted them to 250. Very good effort from the bowlers. I think they didn't understand. I feel this is not a gift. They have talent. That's why they're playing for the national team. They have to understand that. They have to understand their own value. We have done enough talking. Players have to realise they have to value these opportunities. They don't come around every day. They have to grab it," said a seething Malinga post the game on Wednesday (March 6).

It was a fairly easy chase that Sri Lanka stuffed up as none of their batsmen really took on the responsibility of building a partnership. The only substantial one between Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando was gifted to the hosts with a run-out, following which Kagiso Rabada, who bowled with tremendous pace and accuracy, and Imran Tahir ran wiped out the lower order as they were reduced from 92 for 3 to 138 all out.

"I suppose from a perfect game, it was rewarding," said a pleased South African skipper, Faf du Plessis. "We probably would have wanted 40-50 runs after the start. You are not always going to bat well and put up the runs, but you need your bowlers sometimes to bail you out of trouble. The three fast bowlers in tandem was good to see. Lungi hits the bat hard and always picks up wickets. He is a massive weapon for the team. He (Nortje) has got a huge tank to bowl 7 overs in a row and bowling them with control, good signs for us. Probably from a year or two I wanted to transition from a good player to a great player."

South Africa may be leading the series 2-0, but questions regarding their batting still loom large, going into the World Cup. After an aggressive start at the top from Quinton de Kock, who belted a 70-ball 94, and a half-century (57) from du Plessis himself, none of the other batsmen made a mark as South Africa collapsed, losing 6 for 31 themselves.

"Obviously for us the vision is to look ahead. We will look at possibly making some changes and it is good we are 2-0 up, gives us an opportunity to make those changes. We have someone like JP to come back, so we have to see where we can fit him in, same with Steyn," he added.

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