Shivani Shukla ∙ Nov 5 2022, 1:30 PM

Dasun Shanaka blames injury setbacks for Sri Lanka's abysmal campaign

image-la3wh1egDasun Shanaka celebrating a wicket [Source: Associated Press]

On Saturday, England steamrolled Sri Lanka by four wickets to qualify for the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup, knocking Australia out of the tournament. 

Alex Hales and Ben Stokes were the chief architects of England's run-chase as they clobbered 47 and 42 runs, respectively, to overwhelm the target in 19.4 overs.  

Speaking in the post-match conference, captain Dasun Shanaka admitted that injuries to their key players played spoilsport in Sri Lanka's T20 World Cup campaign this year.

Shanaka also conceded that had there not been injuries, Sri Lanka would have done great in the showpiece tournament.

The swashbuckling all-rounder further shed light on Sri Lanka's bowling performance against England, stating bowlers, except for Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana, did not live up to the expectations, and there were a few areas to address.

Here's what Shanaka said

"I think we played good cricket in patches, but we had a few injuries which cost us the tournament. If not, we could have done better. When we go home, we'll have to polish up the areas where we didn't do well, 

"Hasaranga and Theekshana have bowled well throughout, but the other bowlers have struggled, today they bowled well but that is an area we have to improve. Catching has been a problem in this tournament, we need to go back and improve."

With just two wins from five matches, the reigning Asian Champions finished at the fourth spot in the Group 1 league standings. 

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