Sri Lanka started off their World Cup 2019 campaign on a pretty disappointing note, conceding a crushing 10-wicket defeat at the hands of the New Zealand team at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Saturday. The Lankans got bowled out for a paltry total of 136 runs in just 29.2 over after Kiwi fast bowling duo of Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry delivered brilliant spells to pick up three wickets each.
In the second innings, opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro played extremely well and remained unbeaten till the end, to help their team register a sensational victory with all 10 wickets in hand.
Everyone is here to watch some entertainment
After the match, Sri Lankan skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who carried his bat through the innings for an unbeaten 52, felt that the Cardiff track had too much of grass on it which assisted the Kiwi fast bowlers. He mentioned that the grass layer was there a day before and he thought that the curator will shave it off on the match day, but that was not the case.
"Everyone is here to watch some entertainment. I thought day before yesterday [that] 'they have the grass layer'. But we thought it's going to be cut. They left the same grass there [today]," quoted Dimuth Karunaratne.
"I think if you take like World Cup, everyone wants to, you know, see a good match, good high-scoring match. So I think hopefully we get good wickets on the next few matches. We will try to do our best," he added.
He stated that because of the grass on the track, the Kiwi bowlers were successful in putting them on the back foot. However, Karunaratne also admitted that there are some big problems in the Sri Lankan camp, especially in their batting department.
“The NZ attack is very good, but when Kusal Perera and I were batting, there wasn't too much seam and swing. But as soon as we went on the back foot, we couldn't play as well as we know we can.”
"More than the conditions, the problem is in our mind. There was some quick bowling from them, but it's only with a few overs that they made it very difficult for us. If we had seen out those tough periods, we could have been in a better place. Even though it's not the kind of pitch that's conducive to 300 or 350, if we get it in our heads that we can't bat well here, we can't put the kind of score on the board that our bowlers can defend," Karunaratne concluded.