Karunaratne urges Sri Lanka to keep “chin up” after World Cup rout

CARDIFF, United Kingdom: Dimuth Karunaratne urged his Sri Lanka flops to stay certain after they were jeered by indignant fans during Saturday’s annoying 10-wicket detriment to New Zealand in their opening compare of a World Cup.

Sri Lanka crashed to 136 all out after being put into bat initial in Cardiff and a Black Caps chased down a medium aim in 16.1 overs.

Martin Guptill, attack 73, and Colin Munro, scoring 58, beaten a runs after pacemen Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson claimed 3 wickets any opposite untimely Sri Lanka.

But skipper Karunaratne, who stood out with his dominant 52, pronounced all is not mislaid as prolonged as his players don’t dwell on a defeat.

“I consider we have another 8 games to go. We need to (keep our) chin adult and play unequivocally well,” Karunaratne pronounced in a post-match press conference.

“We need to see what we have. On a behind finish we need to get some partnerships, (and in) a center part. Those are a pivotal areas. We’re looking brazen to doing it.”

The 1996 champions were on a receiving finish of some booing by a organisation of Sri Lankan fans who were undone by a tame inlet of their team’s loss.

Karunaratne pronounced losing a toss on a immature Sophia Gardens wicket was not a ideal start, though gave no excuses for Sri Lanka’s modest surrender.

“They (fans) were distant from Cardiff and they spend their time and income to come here to see a good match,” pronounced Karunaratne.

“I consider that’s a categorical thing. If we get out for 130, we know, there is no match. We have to give them a good uncover during a finish of a day.”

Henry rattled Sri Lanka’s tip sequence with his satirical opening spell to lapse total of 3-29 and Ferguson also got pivotal wickets including Angelo Mathews for nought.

Karunaratne fought on to register his third ODI fifty in 81 balls before he ran out of partners.

Demanding his batsmen to learn from their mistakes, Karunaratne said: “If we take this wicket, we know, we need to have a target. It’s not easy. It’s not a 300 wicket, so we need to have another diversion plan.

“You can’t go there and strike each ball, so we have to stay calm. we consider in these conditions, 250 or 240 will be a good score.

“I consider they bowled unequivocally well, so we have to give them credit.”

Sri Lanka subsequent play Afghanistan in Cardiff on Jun 4.—AFP

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