After the tournament-ending loss to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2018, Angelo Mathews rued the errors of the batsmen, putting the blame on the unit for the defeat.
"This was shocking from the whole team," said Mathews after the match. "Even in the first game, we got all out for 150-odd. Congratulations to Afghanistan as they outplayed us, the ICC reported.
"We got a good start but again lost our way in the middle overs. The bowlers did well, the fielding had also improved from the last match. It's just the batting unit that let us down.
"We played better cricket in the later parts of the South Africa series. Just disappointing to see the way the boys went about it. We couldn't handle pressure. Not passing 150 on both occasions is very shocking and disappointing."
The 91-run win on Monday, was Afghanistan's first against the five-time Asian champions in one-day internationals. Sri Lanka, who had earlier lost their opening clash against Bangladesh, are now out of contention for the Super Four following their loss to Asghar Afghan's men.
Afghanistan's top-order provided them with a strong start with Mohammad Shahzad and Ihsanullah Janat adding 57 runs for the opening wicket, while Rahmat Shah, the No.3, top-scored with a 90-ball 72. Hashmatullah Shahidi's 37 and handy contributions from the lower middle-order powered Afghanistan side to a competitive total of 249.
Sri Lanka bowled decently, with Thisara Perera claiming his first five-wicket haul since 2012. However, up against Afghanistan's spin attack, Sri Lanka's batsmen couldn't find a way to stay firm.
They lost wickets from the beginning and were finally bowled out for just 158 in 41.2 overs.
mnsmart Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:53
very often we hear this story
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Ramo Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:56
What a glorious night for Sri Lankan lions.....!
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Labby Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:57
We are just so lucky we didn't have to play in the WC qualifiers a few months back. We would have been embarrassingly out of the World Cup tournament even before it started. Have our quality of cricket ever been as low as this? At the toss yesterday Mathews had said that we'll go out there and have some fun. Okay, so they had their fun, but at whose expense?
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silver Thursday, 20 September 2018 11:43
What Angie meant was that they had fun before the game. Got his words mixed up at the toss after a good night of fun in Abu Dhabi!!!
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Saman Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:58
Don't care any more.
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Ravi Tuesday, 18 September 2018 14:59
Captain is not fit enough to run in this format of the game, which resulted 'run outs '.Malinga looks old now. Upul's talent is fading because of the age. Thissara too is not upto the mark.
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Sujeewa Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:00
Ravi, what is wrong with you? Here is the new SL team. Ravi will be the new captain. Bowler Malinga will be replaced by Ravi. Ravi will be the opening batsman. Allrounder Thisara has been dropped and replaced by Ravi.
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BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:00
Late night parties, alcohol, sex abundant quantities of Kottu takes its toll.
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lankaputha Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:02
seems the team doesn't like to play under your leadership. Why not think other ways and step down...
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Nadraj Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:03
How did this one man ruined our cricket for life within such a short time ?
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jayaweera Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:09
Cheer up, buckle up and start re-inventing yourselves for the next match.
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Roman Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:51
Jaye, we got kicked out of the tourney! there is no next match!
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ranjith sam Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:41
Why don't start the culling from the top? The expensive Coach first and then next the Captain. Give youngsters a chance to get in .Right now we are in the pits. They can only go up from here.Good luck.
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Me Tuesday, 18 September 2018 15:46
Disgraceful! You along with the coaches must RESIGN now!
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Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:02
No point to perform Postmortems. SLC is one corrupt business that even Faizal Mustapha will not be able to clean up. All those who are yearning for a clean administration should collectively band together and get rid of the drunkards and washed outs from the Board.
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Riza Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:13
The cricket board, selectors and senior player, sports minister all should be sent home. Arjuna and a team should be brought it to start fresh with a young talented team. We will lose at first but in a few years will have a quality team
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Nuwan Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:14
Resign...no. It's Sri Lankan style. No leader resigns after a defeat.
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Ranjith Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:39
Mathews is unfit and should be included in the one day format if he can bowl.
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sobers Tuesday, 18 September 2018 16:41
Hathurusinghe is a good coach.Unfortunatley the selectors led by Labroy are not giving the best team. They should be sacked and some proven men bought in.
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vasaliya Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:44
You are wrong. Haturusinghe has a say in selections. He stated that in his contract. How do you justify Kusal coming at 4 and former 3 and 4 players coming opening and one down? That is clearly the BS thinking of the over hyped and overpaid dumb coach Haturusinghe...
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bawwa Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:15
Something is clearly wrong with Mathews captaining a side. Whether it's an international series or domestic, his side ends up last. Maybe time for him to step down. Again.
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s.shiha Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:31
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Anthony Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:37
Poor Team selection. Wrong batting line up .Tharanga
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kumara Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:45
I cannot understand why Tharanga after playing for over 14 years still cannot get bat to ball and get going....
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Suren Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:40
SLC cricket should be closed down and whatever funds they have should be taken over and used for the benefit of the needy! I think we have reached such a low in cricket that investing anymore funds in cricket would be an absolute waste!
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Rasika Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:02
Do not worry Sri Lanka President will call you and your team back to Sri lanka soon , ha ha ha ha ha
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Niroshika Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:36
But we don't know about future who will win. But I think Sri Lanka will win the world cup. Because we will have a good team .
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The Kandyan Tuesday, 18 September 2018 18:40
Too many cooks spoil the soup.
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Kenneth Tuesday, 18 September 2018 19:26
Surely your bank account is shocking but not dissapointing
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Roger Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:06
Crooks and incompetents handle administration. Favoritism in selection. Mathews, for the love of cricket and God step down. Focus on your batting and fielding. You dropped catches too. Rest of you, please leave your super egos at home. Learn from how Arjuna and his team won the world cup.
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Summa Tuesday, 18 September 2018 20:35
Where-ever there's a SUBJECT MINISTER whether it's environment or economy, it's all gone down the drain since about last 45 years. Thank God we don't have a leech to 'minister' Sri Lankan music which is still maintaining it's quality.
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Vipin B Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:19
Look at the bright side guts. We can only go up from here.
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kumar Tuesday, 18 September 2018 21:21
England must be licking their lips and savouring a finish in two days!!
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JJ Wednesday, 19 September 2018 07:32
Only Dinesh Chandimal seems to have found his groove in captaincy. Except for the ignominious ball tampering he was marshaling the test team well. Even when Australia were defeated he was one of the Mr. Reliables. If he had been there at least one end would have been safe. What did they do with Dickwella?
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Prasad_rhp@yahoo.com Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:30
These players are extremely selfish and anyone can see that there are not playing as a team...
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Ajja Wednesday, 19 September 2018 08:45
The two games you played showed significant things of yours.You cant dive and take a important catch,while batting you cant run to your full potential and make others run out,and lackluster fielding and commitment.You will never succeed in any where if you are lazy.High time to say good bye.
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Irshad Hussain Wednesday, 19 September 2018 09:16
Should ban all advertisements immediate effect and give chances for new players.
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s.shiha Wednesday, 19 September 2018 11:19
Do not say any reason!!! please we are din't like your leadership
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Vasa Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:01
Cricket like life has its ups and downs.we have to be patient.everything has a season.A time to celebrate and a time to mourn.a time of joy and a time of tears.
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Maru Wednesday, 19 September 2018 12:29
The problem is typical negative lazy attitude with the players, they let each game past with no positive takings and personal responsibilities. " if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". And this is the attitude with each player, no ones takes actions for their failures and responsibilities. I once told when Sanga failed at an overseas game he would go straight to the nets and reflect on his mistakes! Now that is commitment that lack with the present team. Also self moral is below par.
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