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“There’s a limit to our capabilities”- Lankan skipper after their horrible show


Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne admits that they have got some limitation in all the sections comparing to the other teams after their dismal performance against New Zealand at Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday, June 1.

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He also told that they will have to come back with these limited resources in the next matches for the sake of the team and for the sake of their supporters. “There’s a limit to our capabilities, and if you compare us with some other teams, reasonably we are a side with restricted ability,” Karunaratne said.

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“But there’s no motivation behind why we can’t win with what we have. We truly thank the supporters, and their help is extremely essential to us. We have eight matches left at this point. We need to return and battle. If we win one game, we’ll gather some momentum. The support that we get is imperative, since it’s only 15 of us in the squad, and 30 of us voyaging together with the group. We need that help around us.”

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 and then lost the match by 10 wickets. Karunaratne said that there was something for the pacers in the pitch as the surface was green but the main problem was in their approach and how they coped up with the situation.

“Since there was a touch of grass on the pitch, we were on the back foot,” he said. “The NZ attack is excellent, yet when Kusal Perera and I were batting, there wasn’t an excessive amount of seam and swing. In any case, when we went on the back foot, we couldn’t play just as we probably am aware we can.

“More than the conditions, the issue is in our mind. There was some speedy bowling from them, however it’s just with a couple of overs that they made it hard for us. If we had seen out those extreme periods, we could have been in a better place. Despite the fact that it’s not the sort of pitch that is helpful for 300 or 350, if we get it in our minds that we can’t bat well here, we can’t put the sort of score on the board that our bowlers can guard.”

Sri Lanka will play their next match against Afghanistan on June 4 at the same stadium they played against New Zealand. Afghanistan also lost their first match by 7 wickets against the defending champion Australia.

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