Sri Lanka Rues Missed Opportunity After Strong Start: Nissanka Reflects

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Sri Lanka Rues Missed Opportunity After Strong Start: Nissanka Reflects

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Sri Lanka’s Missed Opportunity: Nissanka Regrets Falling Short of 300-Run Mark in Cricket World Cup Match Against Australia

Sri Lanka appeared on track for a formidable total in Monday’s Cricket World Cup match, but their innings took a downturn during the middle overs as Australia’s bowlers regained control, lamented batsman Pathum Nissanka.

Sri Lanka’s Missed Opportunity at the Cricket World Cup

Sri Lanka found themselves within striking distance of a 300-run total during Monday’s Cricket World Cup clash, propelled by a strong opening performance by Pathum Nissanka (61) and Kusal Perera (78). Their partnership of 125 runs hinted at a promising start in Lucknow. However, Sri Lanka’s fortunes took a downturn as a middle-order collapse led to losing all 10 wickets for a meager 84 runs, resulting in a subpar total of 209.

Despite their brave start, half-centuries from Mitchell Marsh and Josh Inglis steered Australia to a comfortable five-wicket victory with nearly 15 overs to spare. This marked Sri Lanka’s third consecutive loss in the tournament. Pathum Nissanka expressed his regret over their inability to maintain the strong start, stating, “On a pitch like this, we should be targeting a total closer to 300 runs, which contributed to our defeat.”

Nissanka emphasized that the opposition’s bowlers consistently found their mark during the middle overs, posing a challenge for Sri Lanka’s batsmen. Regrettably, they couldn’t counter it effectively.

Nissanka, with his consecutive half-centuries, expressed his desire to continue contributing substantially with the bat and to play pivotal innings in upcoming matches. He remains optimistic, saying, “Our mental state is strong, and we aim to perform well and secure victories in the remaining matches.”

Sri Lanka’s next challenge is against the Netherlands in Lucknow on Saturday.

Reference:

https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/australia-vs-sri-lanka-live-score-world-cup-2023-14th-match-aus-vs-sl-scorecard-latest-updates-lucknow-8984672/

https://www.cricketworld.com/adam-zampa-and-pathum-nissanka-post-match-press-conference-sinhalese-australia-vs-sri-lanka-icc-mens-cricket-world-cup/90454.htm

https://cricket.one/match-hub/world-cup-2023-zampa-mauls-sri-lanka-before-inglis-steers-australia-to-their-first-win/652d607d0a77745f7d3501cf

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