Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews conceded that his team were not upto the mark against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2018 opener against Bangladesh
Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews conceded that his team were not upto the mark against Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2018 opener against Bangladesh

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews conceded that his team were not upto the mark in the Asia Cup 2018 opener against Bangladesh which they lost by a massive margin of 137 runs at the Dubai International Stadium, Dubai on Saturday.

“It was a pretty bad effort from the whole team,” said Mathews after the match.

Despite having Bangladesh under the pump at three for two, Sri Lanka let them off the hook as Mushfiqur Rahim 144 propelled the team to 261. Sri Lanka dropped as many as four catches inside the first 15 overs.

“After having them 3 wickets down for 3 runs, we let them off the hook by dropping catches,” he said, adding “And mushy batted very well. It was a good wicket to bat to. I had to use Lasith (Malinga)to get the wickets in the middle overs. I thought 260 was a chaseable total.”

In the chase, Sri Lanka were never really in the game losing wickets at regular intervals and were bundled out for just 124 in 35.2 overs and Mathews felt the batsmen mad a lot of mistakes.

We made a lot of mistakes. The decision making by the whole batting unit was poor. We need a good start when we are chasing 260. We lost too many wickets and no one got going today. In the first 10 overs, after losing wickets, batsmen had to do the repair job. Unfortunately we could not get going today,” added the 31-year-old.