Afghanistan bowl against Sri Lanka in World Cup

Afghanistan bowl against Sri Lanka in World Cup

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne admitted the fact that their batting has been not been up to the mark in the first two games of the ongoing World Cup and they need to work on it to improve their overall performance.

Three days after Sri Lanka had seemed on their knees, now Lasith Malinga was on his knees.

South Africa paceman Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury, which not only robs the Proteas of the man most likely to raise their prospects after successive defeats, it also leaves the World Cup without one of its stars.

"It's short boundaries at Bristol as well but still we have to stick to our basic plan and we are confident we can move on from this and go well".

Sri Lanka made a promising start in Cardiff and were 144 for two at one point thanks to Kusal Perera's 78 off 81 balls, but lost four wickets for five runs and were all out for 201 in the 37th over.

"It was good as this was a much-needed win for us, we have been waiting for this win for a long time so it's good to get off the mark in this World Cup", he said. "Hopefully, this win will give us confidence for rest of the tournament".

Sri Lanka again responded and took the final five wickets for 31 runs, with recalled seamer Nuwan Pradeep getting 4-31. "But suddenly we lost a couple of wickets", Karunaratne said at the post-match presentations.

Relieved with the win, Karunaratne admitted that the batting department needs improvement.

The openers shared 92 for the first wicket, before being parted at the start of the 14th over. That's the negative part but otherwise, the bowling and fielding was really good.

"We have the experience in these conditions and that helped. Best video I saw today. amusing but loved it", a user commented on the Instagram post. "We needed this win badly".

"It's very hard to explain". Things were certainly looking good for Sri Lanka at that stage before everything suddenly made a decision to fall apart.

"I think we've missed something so we'll have to improve in other matches".

They were seemingly on their way to a challenging total with 144 on the board, and nine wickets and nearly 29 overs remaining, however Nabi soon flipped the momentum of the game on its head.

"There were a lot of tentative shots, that was the cause of some of the dismissals".

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