ICC Champions Trophy 2017: ‘Butterfingers’ prove costly for Sri Lanka against Pakistan

In a span of a couple of overs, the entire complexion of the match changed as the Sri Lankan fielders dropped as many as two catches off the bowling of Lasith Malinga. The culprits were Thisara Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna.

Written by Rahul Sadhu | Updated: June 13, 2017 12:47 am
Sri Lankan fielder dropped as many as three catches off the bowling of Lasith Malinga. (Source: cricket.com.au‏)

The sight of Lasith Malinga holding his head in frustration revealed the entire story of Sri Lanka’s outing against Pakistan. The Lankan fast bowler had as many as three catches dropped off his bowling (towards the end of the match) which ultimately proved too costly as sSri Lanka crashed out of the Champions Trophy. Chasing a target of 237 at one stage Pakistan were almost out of the match with the side tottering at 137/6. But from thereon a resilient knock by skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and some abysmal fielding by the Lankan fielder saw Pakistan claim a dramatic victory.

It all began during the last 45 minutes of the match when the Lankan side started succumbing to pressure and began to falter in the field. Overthrows and misfields started to happen in almost every other over. However, in the 30th over the Pakistan scoreboard read – 162/7 and things still seemed under control for the island nation. Sarfraz Ahmed was the only one waging a lone battle. But suddenly during the span of a couple of overs, the entire complexion of the match changed as the Sri Lankan fielder dropped as many as three catches off the bowling of Lasith Malinga. The main culprits in the crime were Thisara Perera and Prassana

However, in the 30th over the Pakistan scoreboard read – 162/7 and things still seemed under control for the island nation. Sarfraz Ahmed was the only one waging a lone battle. But suddenly during the span of a couple of overs, the entire complexion of the match changed as the Sri Lankan fielders dropped as many two catches off the bowling of Lasith Malinga. The culprits in the crime were Thisara Perera and Seekkuge Prasanna.

sri lanka fielding, Sri Lanka fielding, champions trophy, icc champions trophy, sri lanka dropped catches, sri lanka catches, sl vs pak, pak vs sl, cricket news, cricket Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga reacts as a catch is dropped during the match between Pakistan and Sri Lank, at the Cardiff Stadium. (Source: AP)

While Prasanna’s chance was a difficult one as he ran in from deep square and almost got his hands to the ball before spilling it, Thisara Perera dropped a dolly at cover. His drop sent skipper Angelo Mathews on his knees and it was at this point Sri Lanka completely lost their way. Earlier, in the first over of the Pakistan innings, it was Danushka Gunathilaka who dropped a sitter of Azhar Ali.

It may be recalled here that a couple of years back Sri Lanka interim head coach Jerome Jayaratne had lambasted the Sri Lankan side for its poor standards of fielding. He had deemed it as “the worst in Asia.”

“We are now the worst fielding side in Asia, we were never behind Pakistan but now we have gone behind them,” Jayaratne told The Nation. “India proved that they were better than us and even Bangladesh are fielding better than us.” “It’s a lot to do with the fitness levels. The way our guys are fielding they are carrying excess weight and we are in shambles.”

It will be interesting to see what Jayaratne has to say after Sri Lanka’s display against Pakistan on Monday.

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    Junior_butcher
    Jun 13, 2017 at 9:38 am
    I am sure if you throw black "hotdog" towards Sri Lankans they will never drop that
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    Jugal Kishore Sharma
    Jun 13, 2017 at 6:14 am
    Catch caught you may paid 1000 $ but drop you ure to get well 1million and replied greedy ? Total game of bullsitting with bat batter quell all around but lovers duped
    Reply