South Africa demolished Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the first quarter-finals of the International Cricket Council World Cup. The Asian islanders were shot out for only 133 runs which the South Africa chased down with 9 wickets remaining.
The Sri Lankan skipper, Angelo Mathews, named it as their worst presentation and ex-West Indies legend Brian Lara was infuriated at the miserable Sri Lankan display in the quarter-final.
Lara said to a popular news channel that it was a “mismatch”. The former Jamaican legend was highly disheartened with the Sri Lankan batting and added that Sri Lanka could not even manage to put forward a competition in a high voltage knockout match.
Though South Africa impressed the Trinidadian with their overall performance.
Lara said that South Africa were pretty good and they are a strong team and any squad that would face them next would have a difficult job on their hand.
Lara pointed out that the spin bowlers may have got the wickets but the South African pace-attack comprising of Kyle Abbott, Morne Morkel and deadly Dale Steyn looked threating.
When the Trinidadian was asked about the departing duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, Lara praised about two of Sri Lanka’s favourite cricketers. He said that the both are amazing cricketers and team men, He further said that Kumar Sangakkara was in great form during the ICC World Cup and Mahela Jayawardene has been marvelous over the years. Both these players have been great servants for Sri Lankan cricket and will be missed badly in the near future.
Before concluding, Lara expressed his concern that the 2nd quarter-final between India and Bangladesh could again be a one-sided matter. He sounded a warning to the Bangladesh squad and added that India are much stronger than Bangladesh. He is not underestimating Bangladesh but defending champion India are way too strong and it would not be an easy job for Bangladesh.