World Cup 2019: The middle order needs to take more responsibility, says Karunaratne

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: The middle order needs to take more responsibility, says KarunaratneSri Lanka suffered heavily in their first two matches of World Cup 2019. Dimuth Karunaratne thinks that the middle order should be more responsible so that the team can uplift their game against its opponents.advertisement Press Trust of India BristolJune 8, 2019UPDATED: June 8, 2019 11:45 IST Dimuth Karunaratne says that the middle order in the team needs to take more responsibility for the upcoming matches (Photo: Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSSri Lanka lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets in their opening encounter of World Cup 2019Sri Lanka bounced back to register a win over Afghanistan in their next matchSri Lanka will now face Bangladesh next on June 11Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne feels the middle-order has to take more responsibility in the remaining games of the World Cup after suffering heavy collapses in their opening two matches.Sri Lanka suffered a thumping 10-wicket loss to New Zealand in their opening match of World Cup before they managed to prevail over Afghanistan by 34 runs in their second outing.However, the Sri Lankan middle-order failed to fire in both the games.”If we make a good start to the innings then we can keep that momentum going. If you take the last couple of games, we couldn’t capitalise on the starts we made.Sri Lanka were bowled out for just 136 against the Black Caps despite Karunaratne’s unbeaten 52, and then they crumbled from 144/1 to 201 all out against Afghanistan on the same pitch.”We need those middle order contributions and I think that’s the key for us as a batting line-up. Other than that, I think as a group we’re doing really good,” Karunaratne was quoted as saying by ICC media.The match between Sri Lanka and Pakistan was called off without a ball being bowled because of persistent rain at the Bristol County Ground on Friday.The no-result meant the points were shared between the teams, pushing Sri Lanka and Pakistan into third and fourth place, respectively, in the table.”We all came here to play cricket so it’s not good that we didn’t get to play. We’re really disappointed as a team but we’ll look ahead to the next game.advertisement”We won our last game against Afghanistan and while we may lose some matches along the way during the World Cup, we always give a lot of fight and that’s all we want,” said the skipper.Sri Lanka, the 1996 champions, are now looking ahead to their clash against Bangladesh here on June 11.”We want to compete with the other teams. We did really well against Afghanistan to get the win and I want us to take that confidence into the rest of the matches, starting with Bangladesh,” said Karunaratne.Also Read | There are no real shock defeats in World Cup 2019: Liam Plunkett ahead of Bangladesh clashAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Ricky Ponting warns Australia of bouncers against India at OvalAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Dimuth KarunaratneFollow Sri LankaFollow ICC World Cup 2019 Nextlast_img read more

PM assures religious freedom

The monks forced the police to seal the premises on Friday and issued a deadline for the authorities remove the mosque saying if it is not removed by Monday then they will remove it themselves.In a move seen aimed at defusing the tensions Prime Minister Jayaratna on Sunday ordered that the mosque be relocated to another suitable location. The government today assured it will protect religious freedom in the country after a demand by Buddhists monks to remove a mosque in central Sri Lanka had created controversy.Prime Minister D.M Jayaratna said that while the Sri Lankan constitution calls for the promotion and protection of Buddhism, it does not encourage one to harm the rights of other religions. Monks and protestors had last week converged on a mosque in Dambulla and demanded that it be demolished on the basis that it has been constructed near a Buddhist Temple. “Doing such a thing is not right. As Buddhists we cannot do that. If there is a problem it should be discussed and resolved instead of creating rifts between religions,” the Prime Minister’s media unit quoted him as saying at an event in Kandy. However the decision drew flak from some government Muslim Ministers who insisted that the mosque had every right to operate at the previous location.The monks who protested against the mosque said that it was an illegal construction however the Premier admitted today that it was not and the mosque was at that location for some 10 years.Jayaratna warned that if rifts and clashes occur between various religions in the country that will force the government to react and in turn it will also give the international community a chance to raise allegations against the government similar to the allegations raised after the war with the LTTE. (Colombo Gazette) read more