Sri Lanka finished its cricket world cup in 2019 with a losing note beaten quite comprehensively by one of India’s tournament favorites in the final game of the league played in Headingley on Saturday. It was his fourth defeat out of seven games finished in Sri Lanka, with skipper Dimuth Karunaratne claiming that his team’s performance was sensible, given that none of them had an opportunity to win a single match or even beat Afghanistan during the World Cup.
Only the batting, the bowling, and the fielding patch did Sri Lanka perform well and did not touch with one device. They beat Afghanistan to record their first victory and their bowling excelled England in a contest that they won to open up to the predictable competition. This win was followed by a near rally against the West Indians in a high-scoring match with more than 600 runs. Australia and South Africa were two more matches Sri Lanka should have won which made them compete for a semi-final spot.
India was too strong for the unstable Sri Lankan side and their total of 264-7 which would have been a competitive one against any other team was simply swept aside with much ado by the Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul who both hit centuries and figured in a 183-run opening stand that all but nailed the match.
Sharma’s innings of essence which made him the first player to score five hundred in a single World Cup tournament impressed the Lankan captain who urged his young batsmen to learn a thing or two from him the way he converts starts into centuries with such regularity. “Every time he gets a start, he keeps scoring big runs. That’s what we want. He was fearless. And he knows how he’s going to get a hundred and he’s batting really well,” said Karunaratne at the post-match press conference.