(On the batting performance) Not enough runs on the board. Batting first is always a challenge – bowlers get assistance with the early moisture. They bowled well and we did not get enough runs. (On Carty) Special innings. he is a quality player, glad to see he has some runs under his belt. He is capable of getting big scores and hopefully he can get more runs for us.
(On the bowling) I can commend the guys for the fight they showed but again, catches let us down. You have to hope for the best (with such a score) but it did not go our way. (On how the conditions change in the first and second innings) It changes quite a bit. When you are batting second, it comes onto the bat nicely. (What he will take back from the tournament) Well, just leave this behind us. Look forward. Communication is the key. We are already at the bottom, we have to find ways to get back up.
(On the bowling) Today is the first time we are playing in Harare. With the new ball, we had to hit our lengths. Compared to Bulawayo, this is a flatter wicket so we needed to keep it tight to allow our spinners to come into play. (On Theekshana) He has been consistent in this tournament. I hope he can carry this form in the upcoming series as well.
(On the dropped catches) We could have taken those catches. What I tell my players is to stay cool and calm. If we had taken those crucial catches, we could have kept them down by 50-60 runs. (Message for the final) Our camp is very positive and we are very confident with our performance. What we need to control is our performance. The result will take care of itself. We are looking forward to the final.
Maheesh Theekshana, Player of the Match:
(On bowling without Hasaranga) I knew I had to lead today (with Arachchige making his debut and Dushan having only played one game before). Dilshan bowled pretty well with the new ball. (Plans with the new ball) We let some runs go. I just wanted to keep it tight so that I can create pressure and then pick wickets. The wicket is very flat after the ball gets old. So, there are more chances to get wickets with the new ball.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Highlights today, Friday 7-7-2023. 29th Match, Super Six, ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifier, Harare Sports Club.
Toss: Sri Lanka chose to field.
Sri Lanka team:
West Indies team:
Head to Head In ODI’s: 64
Sri Lanka Won: 30
West Indies Won: 31
Sri Lanka ODI Rankings: 8th
West Indies ODI Rankings: 10th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Sri Lanka WWWWW
West Indies WLLLW
Match Timings: 7:00 AM GMT | 9:00 AM Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, Langton Rusere
TV Umpire – Alex Wharf
Match Referee – Emmanuel Dube
Reserve Umpire – Sam Nogajski
Match number – ODI no. 4618