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Ford: We must be better

UPDATED 06 February, 2013 10:13AM AEST | by James Willoughby, Omnisport

Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford says his side are determined to rectify their poor running between the wickets in Sunday's second one-day international against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Chasing 306 to win the series opener at the MCG on Friday, the tourists were in the contest at 2-111 after 25 overs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan (51) and Dinesh Chandimal (73) were starting to get on top before the former was run out thanks to Usman Khawaja's direct hit.

Glenn Maxwell also threw the stumps down, removing Angelo Mathews (12), before a mix-up saw Lahiru Thirimanne (zero) run out from the very next ball.

The three run outs came in the space of just 26 deliveries as Sri Lanka lost 3-17, and they were eventually bowled out for just 198.

"There's been a bit of discussion already," Ford said in the lead-up to Sunday's match.

"We have chatted and there was some good fielding which contributed to some of them but you just can't - when you are chasing a score like that - you just can't have the guts of your batting taken out through run outs.

"The pleasing thing is that quite a number of our batsmen look in good form and played really nicely but to give away three wickets to run outs makes the job almost impossible."

Ford felt his side bowled too many 'easy boundary balls' in the 107-run defeat but believes they will bounce back well on Sunday.

"The next game is really, really important," he said.

"You want to get on the scoresheet. We want to get out and play some good cricket and show that we are a good team. We know we have to be good and we know we are up against a good team."

Ford did not rule out the option of playing an extra spinner in Adelaide after his quicks struggled in Melbourne.

He wants his side to get after Australia's spinners again though, with Xavier Doherty, Glenn Maxwell and David Hussey failing to take a wicket in Friday's match.

The trio bowled 17 overs between them, conceding 93 runs, and Ford is hoping for a repeat in South Australia.

"I think we naturally play spin well," he said.

"That's one of our strengths so that kind of statistic (no wickets for Australia's spinners) is something that we would like to think would occur.

"(But) we've got to find ways of making sure we are nicely productive against the other bowlers as well."

Sri Lanka will be sweating on the fitness of wicketkeeper-batsman Chandimal (hamstring) with Kushal Perera set to make his one-day international debut if his team-mate fails a late fitness test.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 12 January, 2013 5:38PM AEST

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