Sri Lankan skipper – Lasith Mailnga expressed his disappointment with his side, as the visitors lost their fourth consecutive ODI at Port Elizabeth by 6 wickets.
Sri Lanka were bundled out for a meager score of 189, out of which the number 9 batsman – Isuru Udana scored a quick fire 78 of just the 67 deliveries. The Sri Lankan bowling unit were also on the expensive side of things, with four of their seven bowlers going above six an over.
"We are going on the same path," ruled Malinga.
"The wicket was very suitable for the bat, but the batsmen didn't realise the value and the opportunity to play a long innings. And with the ball, we could only get four wickets."
The visitors were 71 for the loss of 6 wickets in the 18th over before Isuru Udana took the onus of adding the runs on the score board with the lower order. Sri Lanka have managed to score 200 only once in the last four ODIs, which is indeed a concern for the subcontinent nation as the World Cup edges closer.
"Being six down inside 18 overs, it's very hard to come back," Malinga said. "We always talk about taking responsibility and putting our hands up to bat through the full fifty overs, but the last few years, we've been struggling to do that."
"This is a good, tough side to play before the World Cup. All the players need to realise these are the conditions we need to prepare for at the World Cup," Malinga further added.
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