‘We were a bunch of school kids’ – Mathews

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LATE-CITY-MB_1-4Angelo Mathews didn’t hide his disappointment after Sri Lanka had ‘a terrible day’ at work in the second one-day international against South Africa, losing by four wickets at Dambulla on Wednesday.

Having put up just 244 for eight after opting to bat, Sri Lanka surrendered to Quinton de Kock’s belligerent 87 as South Africa chased down the target in just 42.5 overs to go 2-0 up in the series.

“We gave away too many wickets up front [56/3], and then we lost wickets at crucial times too, so we never got going. We didn’t hold on to catches as well, and while defending low scores, you need to hold on to every chance. We had a terrible day on the field,” Mathews said after the match. “Neither did the bowlers bowl well. We were a bunch of school kids when it came to fielding.”

De Kock and Hashim Amla (43) were both given reprieves early in the South African innings, and the batsmen cashed in, adding 91 runs for the first wicket to put South Africa in a 
commanding position. 

Meanwhile, Niroshan Dickwella, who scored 69 to help Sri Lanka recover from 56 for three, agreed with Mathews that Sri Lanka made too many mistakes on the field. “We made mistakes throughout the game. If we want to win a match, we can’t make so many mistakes,” Dickwella said. “Maybe you can make two or three mistakes and fix those things within the game itself and win the match.” ( ICC )