Rex Clementine in Miami

Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign is over with a game left in the group stage after their fixture on Tuesday against Nepal was abandoned due to inclement weather. It rained the whole day in Miami and the toss was delayed. Although the rains cleared and a delayed start was expected with a shortened game, at around 8:30 pm, the umpires decided to abandon the game due to wet ground conditions.

Sri Lanka became the first team to crash out of the competition with a game left against Netherlands in St. Lucia later this week.

Sri Lanka had a tough schedule no doubt but they were well below par throughout the tournament with the batting not clicking.

The US wickets have not been high scoring tracks, but in both games they lost to Bangladesh and South Africa, they aimed too high batting first on both instances and paid the price.

Their total of 77 all out against South Africa is their lowest ever in T-20 cricket.

Sri Lanka’s spin bowler Maheesh Theekshana expressed his disappointment at the post-match media briefing. “It has been a disappointing campaign for us. Our batting didn’t click and although our bowlers and fielders fought hard, we didn’t simply have enough runs on the board to fight back.”

“We were poor in assessing the conditions. It’s been a tough campaign for us. I don’t think we deserve a place in the second round.”

“We know we are out of the tournament but we have one more game and realistically we need to finish that game off in a good manner.

Nepal fans were celebrating their team’s first points in the competition. Nepalese outnumbered Sri Lankan supporters at the venue and their players did a lap of honour after the game.