Coach Chandika Hathurusingha has told his Sri Lanka batsmen to up their game after a below-par start to their World Cup campaign. The 1996 champions were thrashed by New Zealand last Saturday in their opening game of the tournament but then managed to inch their way to a win over Afghanistan in a rain-affected match on Tuesday.
The batting is the main concern for Sri Lanka after they lost five wickets for 14 runs against New Zealand, and seven wickets for 36 runs against Afghanistan, and the coach has told them they need to improve. Hathurusingha said: “I don’t give pep talks. I give honest talk, that’s all. I tell them what has to be done.
They have to come and perform.” Kusal Perera top-scored against Afghanistan with 76 and the coach has tipped him to do well again. “He’s an amazing player,” added Hathurusingha. “We have given him the full licence to bat the way he wants to bat. “We know that when he’s come up, most of the time it’s match-winning.”