In fact, Sri Lanka's dot-ball percentage in this series is even higher than those figures - they have not scored off 57% of the balls they have faced. "Personally, I think someone who is young like that should only be playing the longer version of the game and ODI cricket", he said.
Three captains in four matches, five in total if the Tests are also taken into consideration, is one only of several chapters in Sri Lanka's story of a disastrous campaign. But there is always the hope that lady luck is somewhere around the corner.
However, the former Sri Lanka batsman is more anxious about the battering the confidence of his young batsmen has taken.
The Indian team have already swept the Test series 3-nil.
Indian team management has a problem of plenty. And after witnessing the previous games, it's expected that Virat Kohli & Co. would hit the bull's eye. "We have to make sure that we try and win the game tomorrow". The two sides will then play out a lone T20 clash on Wednesday to complete India's tour of the island nation. Such is India's strength that it could afford to have someone of Rahane's ability on the bench for four games. The return of their regular skipper Upul Tharanga, back after serving a two-match ban for his team's slow over-rate, should strengthen their batting. However, the contagious form has affected him too, as the number 3 batsman could churn out only one century against India in the current series and in the last 10 innings. If Sri Lanka lose here, West Indies could need to win one fewer match against England.
The trio, who had added a combined 157 runs in that run chase, are out with injuries.
"MS Dhoni is a massive influence on the team". The visitors would be without Shikhar Dhawan who has returned to be by his ailing mother's side. A victory in the second ODI in Pallekele could have been an answer to a nation's prayers, with several payers reiterating that "One win will change everything".
The team of Sri Lanka includes Niroshan Dickwella (w), Dilshan Munaweera, Kusal Mendis, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Milinda Siriwardana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Malinda Pushpakumara, Vishwa Fernando, Lasith Malinga (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Chamara Kapugedera, Lakshan Sandakan, Thisara Perera, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhananjaya de Silva. Rohit Sharma has emphatically broken his poor run on the island, Virat Kohli has padded his stats with a couple of good scores, Jasprit Bumrah has secured a maiden five-wicket haul, and most recently, Manish Pandey has made a strong return to the ODI team.