Karunaratne joins rare club
Sri Lankan ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne became only the second batsman to carry his bat in a World Cup game.
Sri Lanka have started their World Cup in a disastrous manner following a humiliating 10 wickets loss to New Zealand. Sri Lanka drooped to a terrible ninth straight ODI rout as they played down just 29.2 overs scoring a dim 136 runs losing all their wickets. Sri Lanka got no reply of the Kiwis pacers as the pacers took nine among the ten wickets of the Sri Lankan innings.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne was the lone warrior for Sri Lanka as he picked up a half-century and was unbeaten till the end with 52 runs from 84 balls. No other batsman gave a solid hand to their skipper who was batting steadily in the other end.
Then New Zealand chased the target easily inside just 17 overs as both the openers of New Zealand picked up a half-century to grab the easy 10-wicket win for the Kiwis. Martin Guptill scored 73 runs off 51 balls with 8 fours and 2 sixes whereas the other opener Colin Munro made 58 runs off 47 balls with 6 fours and 1 six.
Although Karunaratne ended up as a losing skipper, he entered into a list of unique record in the history of the World Cup. He became only the second batsman after the former Caribbean batsman Ridley Jacobs to carry the bat throughout the innings in a World Cup game. And overall it is 12th instance in the format that an opener carried his bat.