Sri Lankan batsmen could not run in the World Cup match against Afghanistan, but all-rounder Perera said that his team always had confidence in their experienced bowling unit. Sri Lanka defeated Afghanistan and won the first win in this World Cup. Earlier, New Zealand had defeated him in the opening match. The Sri Lanka team, sent for batting first, could score only 201 runs. Later, with the help of Nuwan Pradeep’s four and Lasith Malinga’s three wickets, he won.

Pereira said, “We had confidence in ourselves and we knew how experienced our bowlers were. That is why we had come with five fast bowlers. They said, ‘We had to take wickets or else we would lose. We did not leave our basics and did not try to do anything extra.

Pereira said, “We did not fail as batting unit because after the good start we lost 5 wickets consistently. We will have to perform better in the next matches after recovering from our weaknesses in the batting. Captain Dimit Karunaratne said, “After a long time we got a good start but in the middle of the wicket falling we returned to backfoot. Bowling and fielding were fantastic. Our experience also came to work. We definitely have to work hard on batting.