Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Gulbadin Naib poor bowling in first 10 overs as reason for loss. Skipper Gulbadin Naib admitted Afghanistan struggled in English conditions and blamed wayward bowling in the first 10 overs for their 34-run loss to Sri Lanka in the World Cup. Sri Lanka recovered from a dramatic batting collapse to knock over Afghanistan for 152 and seal a 34-run win for its first victory at the Cricket World Cup on June 4.
Still, this will feel like an opportunity missed for a country who have defied the odds to rise to the sport’s top table after being formally recognised by the International Cricket Council only in 2001. Dimuth Karunaratne speaks; “It’s not easy to defend a small total like 187. We knew their two openers would go hard but we knew that if we got one or two early wickets we could put them on the back foot.
We had a good start after a long time but suddenly, we lost a couple of wickets and were on the back foot. That’s the negative part but otherwise, the bowling and fielding was really good. After losing the first game, it’s not easy to keep your mind positive. “We didn’t bowl in the right areas at the start of the day, and that cost us a lot of momentum.
Gulbadin Naib says; They got to 100 in no time. At one point, I thought they would get to 300 but Nabi bowled really well. Wicket wasn’t easy for the batters, so I was telling the bowlers to hit the right spots, hit the deck. At the start of the day, it was cloudy and I expected it to be the same throughout. We could have batted better, played straighter and watched the ball better.
— ICC (@ICC) 4 June 2019