Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has once more blamed the loss to Zimbabwe on poor fielding, after his team failed to defend a target of 317. Three catches were dropped during the innings – two of them off top-scorer Solomon Mire.
Dropped catches have plagued Sri Lanka for about two years now, but the problem has seemingly reached a nadir in 2017, when chances have been missed almost every match – most memorably in the Champions Trophy earlier in the month, where bad fielding cost Sri Lanka a spot in the semi final.
“Poor performance by the bowlers and fielding once again let us down,” Mathews said after the match. “We dropped crucial catches at crucial moments. Can’t say that enough. We have trained extremely hard on fielding, but it’s just that in critical occasions we keep dropping catches, which costs us the game.”
Mire was initially dropped on 17 by wicketekeeper Niroshan…