With just six points from seven games, Sri Lanka still has a mathematical chance to be in the semi-finals. However, from their latest defeat to the Proteas, it has become more difficult to come by. As the mathematical term goes, first, they need to win the remaining two games against West Indies and India. Moreover, then they have to depend on favorable results from other remaining games. So yes, South Africa made Sir Lanka’s dream more difficult to come true this time.

South Africa made Sir Lanka’s dream more difficult to come true

The day was neither bad nor good at first in Emirates Riverside. It was just an ordinary day as per typical English Country weather goes. The pitch at Riverside had witnessed some high scoring matches. The match between England vs Australia at Riverside was one of them where England chased 310 runs. However, despite being a run fest ground, Riverside is all set to favor bowlers in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. The Proteas captain noticed that and despite winning the toss, he chose to bowl first.

Sri Lanka lost all of their wickets within 49.3 overs and somehow managed to score 203 runs only. Dimuth Karunaratne became the first captain in World Cup history to be dismissed in the first ball of a match. That’s a really shameful record to have in your bag. The trend followed by as none of the Lankan army scored any significant amount of runs. The wickets started to fall in a regular interval.

Dimuth Karunaratne
Dimuth Karunaratne was out for a first-ball duck.

When it came to bowling, Lasith Malinga was the only bowler of the team ho managed to take a wicket. No other bowlers charm came to any help to them. They were defeated with 76 balls left to bowl.

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga was the only Lankan bowler who took a wicket.

However, at some point during the match, it seemed like Sri Lanka forgot that it was a must-win match for them. They needed to play better yet they failed. Let’s see if they can turn the table on in their upcoming matches or not.