Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib blames poor bowling in first 10 overs as reason for loss

Skipper Gulbadin Naib admitted Afghanistan struggled in English conditions and blamed wayward bowling in the first 10 overs for their 34-run loss to Sri Lanka in the World Cup.

Press Trust of India, Jun 05, 2019 18:39:54 IST

Cardiff: Skipper Gulbadin Naib admitted Afghanistan struggled in English conditions and blamed wayward bowling in the first 10 overs for their 34-run loss to Sri Lanka in the World Cup.

Electing to bowl, Afghanistan bowlers couldn't exploit the conditions initially to allow Sri Lanka amass 79 in the first 10 overs. They pulled things back in the middle but Sri Lanka posted 201 all out in 36.5 overs after a rain interruption.

Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib blames poor bowling in first 10 overs as reason for loss

Gulbadin said Afghanistan failed to adapt to the seamer-friendly conditions. AFP

Afghanistan bowlers conceded 35 extras, which hurt them in the end.

Chasing a rain-revised target of 187 to win, Gulbadin's men could never recover after being 57 for five to eventually suffer a 34-run loss, their second defeat in the tournament.

"We didn't start well with the ball and didn't bowl enough in the right areas in the first 10 overs. I think maybe the bowlers didn't take enough responsibility," Gulbadin said.

"We were better in the middle and credit must go to how Rashid Khan, Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi bowled.

"But we missed something at the start and if we didn't give away 35 extras then maybe Sri Lanka don't score 201."

Gulbadin said Afghanistan failed to adapt to the seamer-friendly conditions.

"Sri Lanka are an experienced team who have played a lot in these type of conditions whether in New Zealand or England," said the 28-year-old.

"The wicket was completely different to the one we played on against Australia at Bristol. I was telling my guys to play straight and to take their time but they struggle a lot on these kind of surfaces.

"We lost some wickets at the start. Me and Najib tried to keep calm, play straight and not to go for the runs. But the main thing is Sri Lanka bowled really well credit must go to their bowlers.

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Updated Date: Jun 05, 2019 18:39:54 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254