Asia Cup 2018: Angelo Mathews Slams Sri Lanka's Performance; Afghanistan Skipper Praises Strong Showing

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Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews minced no phrases after his workforce had been knocked out of the Asia Cup 2018, terming their efficiency “surprising” and “disappointing”. “This was surprising from the entire workforce. Even within the first recreation, we bought all out for 150-odd. Congratulations to Afghanistan as they outplayed us,” Mathews mentioned after the match.

Afghanistan knocked five-time champions Sri Lanka out of the Asia Cup with a 91-run win in Abu Dhabi Monday. Mathews was fast to position the blame for this loss squarely on the batsmen.

“We bought an excellent begin however once more misplaced our manner within the center overs. The bowlers did effectively, the fielding had additionally improved from the final match. It is simply the batting unit that allow us down,” he added.

He additional went on so as to add that his facet confirmed how effectively they may play within the latter a part of their collection towards South Africa earlier this yr. The Proteas gained the primary three of the 5 ODIs within the collection but Sri Lanka fought again to make sure the collection ended 3-2.

“We performed higher cricket within the later components of the South Africa collection. Simply disappointing to see the best way the boys went about it. We could not deal with stress. Not passing 150 on each events may be very surprising and disappointing.”

Afghanistan skipper Asghar Afghan, in the meantime, praised his workforce’s wonderful all-round exhibiting.

“Each batsman executed his plans; we particularly spoke of partnerships. Should credit score our fielders too, they did effectively,” the successful captain mentioned on the post-match ceremony.

“Whenever you need to play to win you play positively. Our spinners, batsmen and bowlers all did effectively. I’d additionally wish to say because of the group for his or her help.”

First Printed: September 18, 2018, 1:25 AM IST


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