Considering the rut they were in during the build-up to the World Cup, Sri Lanka finished sixth on the points table. Many believe they punched above their weight despite being eliminated. And rightly so. Ranked ninth in the ODI rankings, Sri Lanka have defeat West Indies, Afghanistan and England, and lost to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. That is a success of 50 percent. ALSO READ: Against spirited Sri Lanka, India search best combination ahead of knockouts

Had rain not washed out their matches against Pakistan and Bangladesh, would they have fared better, or worse? We would never know. As they head into their final round-robin match against semi-finalists India, Sri Lanka would take plenty of heart from their campaign. ALSO READ: Karthik feels India can chase any total

Of the many positives, Lasith Malinga reminding everyone of his days of yore and Avishka Fernando providing a glimpse into Sri Lanka’s future have emerged the most significant.

“I think if you take the batting line-up – Avishka Fernando and Kusal and the opening pair and some middle order, if you take – we do well in the middle order the first few games, but if you take the last matches, we capitalized well and we managed to bat really well in the end of the tournament. But I think that it’s too late,”  Dimuth Karunaratne, the Sri Lanka captain said.

“But if you take the positives of Avishka Fernando, he’s playing and doing really good. He got, in three games he showed that he can do, he can produce some runs for Sri Lanka. And he’s one of the future stars. And if you take the bowling line-up, they did really well, especially Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep. They’re the good sign. And if you take this World Cup those are the things, highlighted things I feel want to go forward. Those are the positive points in this tournament.”