Sri Lanka v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Cardiff June 12, 2017

Five drops that cost Sri Lanka

ESPNcricinfo staff
Fielding errors at crucial times were one of the major reasons Sri Lanka failed to make the knockout stage of the 2017 Champions Trophy

Seekkuge Prasanna's drop was the second reprieve Sri Lanka offered Sarfraz Khan © Getty Images

Seekkuge Prasanna drops Sarfraz Ahmed off Lasith Malinga

Pakistan needing 39 to win with three wickets in hand in a knockout game
Malinga to Sarfraz Ahmed, 1 run, dropped! Again! Sri Lanka are getting half-chances at the moment, and they're getting easy ones, but they're not holding on to any of them. This is a slower bouncer. Sarfraz is early on the pull and top edges this to deep square. The fielder runs in some 10 yards and dives forward, but he can't hold on.
Cost: Sarfraz guides Pakistan home.

Thisara Perera puts down a clanger

Pakistan needing 43 runs to win with three wickets in hand
Malinga to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run, dropped! Someone call the contractors, Perera needs a hole at mid-on! Oh no, he won't forget this ever. A nice, floated slower ball, full at middle stump. Sarfraz is outfoxed. Chips this straight - dead straight - into Perera's chest at mid-on. Hard hands from the allrounder. Can't even recover. Unbelievable.
Cost: Sarfraz survives a chance two overs later and wins it for Pakistan.

Danushka Gunathilaka misses an early chance

First over of Pakistan's chase of 237
Malinga to Azhar Ali, no run, dropped! Gunathilaka is usually a top class fielder. But he's put down a simple one first up. This was slightly short and there was more room than the last one. Went for the cut, hit it in the air and found the fielder at point who can't hold on.
Cost: Azhar Ali, then on zero, scores 34.

Lasith Malinga's drop cost Sri Lanka 67 runs against South Africa © Getty Images

Rohit Sharma slips through Asela Gunaratne's fingertips
India 94 for 0 in 19.1 overs
NLTC Perera to Sharma, SIX, almost... almost.... and it's tipped over. Rohit has fifty, India has hundred, Sri Lanka has... bad luck. This is ferociously hit. It's meant to go over the deep square leg fielder, and Gunaratne does well, steadying himself on the rope, leaping back, getting both hands to it. But it spills through.
Cost: Rohit, on 45 at the time, got 78 as India reach 321.

Lasith Malinga loses his footing
South Africa 59 for 1 in 16.1 overs
Pradeep to du Plessis, 2 runs, dropped, oh what have you done, Lasith? Sees him stepping out early and bangs it in short, just outside off. Goes for the pull, only manages a top-edge, and Malinga, stepping backwards at the long leg boundary, steps on the boundary cushions, and loses a bit of balance while having to move forward again. Dives forward and the ball slips through his fingers. Didn't get his palms under it.
Cost: Du Plessis, on eight at the time of the drop, scores 75 as South Africa amass a winning total.

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  • Andrew on June 13, 2017, 15:45 GMT

    SL should have won the 1st game Vs SA. There was no reason to be panicked at all in that game 2/3 dominated by SL Vs SA, having extremely healthy 94 runs for 2 wkts on the board in just 11 overs thanks to Openers Upul Tharanga (57) & Dickwella (41). Having more than 8 runs per over in 11th over, chasing 299 should have been a cake walk at that stage.

    In-fact, if not for the 3 wkts (Mendis- 11/ Chandimal - 12 runs @ 57 SR/ Kapugedara-0 ) fell like a pack of cards for 23 runs within next 6 overs, the match could have ended in an easy win for SL. Tharanga was well set to score another 100 at that stage with 32 runs (5x4) @ 110 SR when Mendis got out & UT had scored 45 runs @ 93 SR when the 4th wkt fell in 18th over .!

    But due to this brittle middle-order collapse & at that stage No-6 Kusal Perera's extremely poor contribution, scratching just 15 runs wasting first 30 balls he faced @ 50 SR ! Tharanga & No7 Asela had to risk their wkts to keep up with lagging RR (alone) & perished

  • Xiong on June 13, 2017, 14:20 GMT

    3 drops in the game to decide who gets into the semis, all off Malinga. Perfect way to show a great servant of Sri Lankan cricket how appreciated he is. Sanga and Jayawardene couldn't be happier that all they had to do was hit the cricket ball with the bat, not count on anyone else in the team to do anything useful.

  • upuler1604594 on June 13, 2017, 14:12 GMT

    Kulasekara and Malinga hv done great for SL. Sooner than later they will call it a day. Good to see Lakmal improved in his batting. But I feel SL could be a handful in any world tournament from now if selectors do not experiment and cut and chop. We have the batters sorted out. May be Sadeera can be groomed for the future.

  • upuler1604594 on June 13, 2017, 14:07 GMT

    I think though I also used to bash the selectors we have got the core team now. As UT said lets not cut and chop again, max 2 changes per series.

  • amindh6043107 on June 13, 2017, 12:53 GMT

    Next tour - all of then will just be selected again.

  • markco1696914 on June 13, 2017, 12:06 GMT

    We have done a fantastic job despite few drop catches in the tournament.Unfortunately we couldn't have our full team due to injuries as well as slow over rate despite we can satisfy with the results.overall we should have more consideration about appropriate selections for the specific games.To me there should be Munaweera, Chameera, Dasun Shanaka and Weerakkody for Chandimal,Lakmal,Thisara and De Silva.we should have 30 players squad.15 batters,5 all rounders and 10 bowlers.We must have left hand fast bowler for practice.

  • ddatta5491135 on June 13, 2017, 12:00 GMT

    All 4 subcontinental teams have serious issues with fielding, particularly catching. India had briefly gotten over it last year but it started reappearing towards the end of their test season. Now we're back to square 1.

  • yasama7868944 on June 13, 2017, 6:52 GMT

    @COLOMBO_INTERNATIONAL - Spare a thought for Dickwella's keeping. He doesn't do mistakes like that often. In fact, I watched all his games so far, and this is the first time I can recall as a silly mistake from him as keeper.

  • Chaitanya on June 13, 2017, 6:40 GMT

    Always love the clean spirit with which Lankans play the game ! They are the Asian answer to New Zealand as two of the least controversial on-field teams in world cricket. Really wanted them to get over the line yesterday. A pity they were let down by poor out fielding and catching along with a sub par effort with the bat. Don't really see Pakistan getting past England in the semis. They have simply been too inconsistent to deserve any further progress. Expecting Eng to steamroll Pak in the semis.

  • thushan on June 13, 2017, 6:33 GMT

    Sri lankan selectors ---- can you ever get your selection right. need to drop- Chandimal, T Perera for good.Do not any waste anymore time and money with them. They should not pay any form of cricket in the National team. Kule should retire now. Lakmal not a one day bowler either. Knowing Dananjaya is not a one day batsman they brought him in, Its very clear its not the talent that brings players to the team. Dilshan Munaweera, Dushmantha Chameera should have been in this team but no..Danushka, Munaweera, Chameera, Dasun Shanaka, Weerakkody, bring these players I'm sure they can play all formats. Please selectors, management, chairman, who ever you are make right choice go with the right players, Enough is enough.

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