Don’t want free point: Karunaratne

Staff correspondent | Published: 00:00, Jun 12,2019

 
 

Dimuth Karunaratne

Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne claimed not to be too thrilled to share points for the second straight game in the on-going World Cup, after their match against Bangladesh got washed out at the Bristol County Ground on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka, who were considered one of the less potent teams and an unstable unit coming into the competition, now find themselves in fifth position with four points in four matches with the rainy weather in England seemingly helping their cause.
However, Karunaratne was very vocal in his dismissal to this notion, as he claimed that Sri Lanka were not pleased with the rained-out matches and would’ve preferred to earn those points in the field.
‘I think as a team, we came here for play, you know. I think sometimes you might think if you share the points, it’s fine. But I think we don’t want to win our points freely. We want to play cricket and win games and gain the points,’ Karunaratne told reporters in the post-match press conference.
Sri Lanka began their World Cup campaign by suffering a humiliating 10-wicket loss against New Zealand before securing a nervy 35-run win against Afghanistan in a rain curtailed match.
Despite such a weak start, Sri Lanka now find themselves in the top-five of the points-table after their next two matches against Asian rivals Pakistan and Bangladesh ended in a no result, without even the toss taking place.
Many are counting Sri Lanka fortunate, as they were handed two bonus points without even taking on the field against two sides they were not favourite to win against.
Karunaratne didn’t hide his pleasure about gaining the points and wanted to move onto the next challenges in the tournament.
‘But well, we’re happy with the points and we are going for the next match,’ he said.
The island country is scheduled to take on defending champions Australia on Saturday for their fifth match of the competition and Karunaratne hoped that the experience of playing against them in the pre-tournament warm-up match will aid them in making up for their long gap between matches.
‘I think the last game we played before, till the Australian game we played Afghanistan, it will be 11 days’ gap…We played a practice game against Australia. We know how they are, and how they are going to play with us, so those are the things we have to look after’, said Karunaratne.

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