Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne paid tribute to his side for the way they fought back to beat Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup.
Sri Lanka had looked in full control of the match as they sat on 144-1, but a dramatic collapse, sparked by Mohammed Nabi taking three wickets, saw them all out for just 201.
Afghanistan needed a rain-revised target of just 187 from 41 overs to take the win, but Sri Lanka fought back to reduce them to 57-5, something they could not recover from and they fell 34 runs short.
Karunaratne was relieved to get the win and says their experience proved to be the difference as they just earned their first win of the tournament. “We had a good start but suddenly we lost a couple of wickets,” he said afterwards.
“That’s the negative part but otherwise bowling and fielding was a high note. “After losing the first game, it’s not easy. You have to keep your mind positive. We have experience in these conditions.”
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