Chasing 306 to win the series opener at the MCG on Friday, the tourists were in the contest at 111 for two after 25 overs. Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews and Lahiru Thirimanne were all run out in the space of just 26 deliveries as Sri Lanka lost three for 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."
He added: "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 target 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."