Daily Mirror – Sri Lanka, June 4 — Veteran paceman Lasith Malinga said Sri Lanka must be mentally tough against Afghanistan as they seek to get their World Cup campaign up and running on Tuesday.

Summary

  • Sri Lanka, June 4 — Veteran paceman Lasith Malinga said Sri Lanka must be mentally tough against Afghanistan as they seek to get their World Cup campaign up and running on Tuesday.
  • Sri Lanka were routed for a paltry 136, giving their bowlers little chance, and New Zealand’s opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro coasted to their target in the 17th over.
  • Malinga, who is playing in his fourth World Cup, said Sri Lanka had talent in their ranks but were short of experience in the conditions they were facing in England and Wales.
  • Sri Lanka, who lost to heavily to Afghanistan in last year’s Asia Cup, have won only one of their 10 one-day international matches this year — against minnows Scotland.
  • Malinga said although Afghanistan were rank outsiders at the World Cup, they had enough experience to make an impact.

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