SL VS NED: Pathum Nissanka, Sri Lanka ‘Deeply Regret’ Batting Collapse Against Australia- What Went Wrong?

Updated - 17 Oct 2023, 12:23 PM

Pathum Nissanka
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Pathum Nissanka, the Sri Lankan cricket player, has conveyed his disappointment with his team’s performance in their recent encounter with Australia during the 2023 World Cup. Despite an encouraging start, the Sri Lankan squad failed to maintain their momentum, ultimately leading to a batting collapse that saw them all out for a mere 209 runs in 43.3 overs.

The decline from their initial partnership of 125 runs for the opening wicket was alarming, as they went on to lose all ten wickets for just 84 runs in a mere 21.5 overs. During the post-match press conference, Pathum Nissanka, who managed to score 61 runs off 67 balls with eight boundaries, expressed his deep regret. “Despite our promising start, we deeply regret not being able to sustain it, resulting in us being limited to a score of 210 runs,” he lamented.

Moreover, he emphasized that, given the nature of the wicket they played on, the team should have aimed for a total much closer to the 300-run mark. Falling short of this target played a significant role in their eventual defeat.

Pathum Nissanka Is Hopeful To Contribute As Sri Lanka Continues Their Journey

Nonetheless, despite the setback, Pathum Nissanka remains optimistic about his own performance and the team’s prospects in the upcoming matches. He believes that he has given his best to the team and is hopeful of making substantial contributions in the future. “I’m hopeful that I can contribute significantly by scoring a substantial number of runs and playing substantial innings in the upcoming matches,”  he asserted.

The loss against Australia dealt a blow to Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign, but Nissanka’s comments reveal a determination to learn from their mistakes and strive for improvement in the games to come. Pathum Nissanka’s performance in the match, even amidst the team’s overall struggles, suggests that he may play a pivotal role in Sri Lanka’s efforts to rebound and excel in the remainder of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Sri Lanka will now face the Netherlands on 21st October at the Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. Both the teams are yet to win a match in this tournament. While the Netherlands are in the last position in the points table, Sri Lanka is second to last. Sri Lanka is struggling with their performance and they will look forward to opening their account against the Netherlands.

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