Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne demands middle-order contribution after recent collapses

Sri Lanka suffered a thumping 10-wicket loss to New Zealand in their opening match of World Cup before they managed to prevail over Afghanistan by 34 runs in their second outing.

Press Trust of India, Jun 08, 2019 12:09:30 IST

Bristol: Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne feels the middle-order has to take more responsibility in the remaining games of the World Cup after suffering heavy collapses in their opening two matches.

Sri Lanka suffered a thumping 10-wicket loss to New Zealand in their opening match of World Cup before they managed to prevail over Afghanistan by 34 runs in their second outing.

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne demands middle-order contribution after recent collapses

Sri Lanka managed a nervy win against Afghanistan. AFP

However, the Sri Lankan middle-order failed to fire in both the games.

"If we make a good start to the innings, we can keep that momentum going. If you take the last couple of games, we couldn't capitalise on the starts we made.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 136 against the Black Caps despite Karunaratne's unbeaten 52, and then they crumbled from 144/1 to 201 all out against Afghanistan on the same pitch.

"We need those middle order contributions and I think that's the key for us as a batting line-up. Other than that, I think as a group we're doing really good," Karunaratne was quoted as saying by ICC media.

The match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was called off without a ball being bowled because of persistent rain at the Bristol County Ground on Friday.

The no-result meant the points were shared between the teams, pushing Sri Lanka and Pakistan into third and fourth place, respectively, in the table.

"We all came here to play cricket so it's not good that we didn't get to play. We're really disappointed as a team but we'll look ahead to the next game.

"We won our last game against Afghanistan and while we may lose some matches along the way during the World Cup, we always give a lot of fight and that's all we want," said the skipper.

Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, are now looking ahead to their clash against Bangladesh here on June 11.

"We want to compete with the other teams. We did really well against Afghanistan to get the win and I want us to take that confidence into the rest of the matches, starting with Bangladesh," said Karunaratne.

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Updated Date: Jun 08, 2019 12:09:30 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