Would have been a different story if not for 'pathetic' fielding: Mathews

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews described his side's fielding performance against Pakistan as "pathetic" as they were dumped out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Sri Lanka dropped three relatively straightforward catches, all off the bowling of Lasith Malinga, which allowed Pakistan to win the match by three wickets and set up a semi-final against England on Wednesday.

"Looking at today's performance, I thought we were pathetic once again," said Mathews. "If we had held those catches, it would have been a different story today, especially at very crucial times."

"The boys have worked extremely hard," said Mathews in support of the effort his side have put in to their fielding when asked if the team was really giving their all in that department. "Today, yes, we dropped three catches, but there has been a genuine effort from the boys and from the support staff. We've expressed a lot about our fielding and we put a lot of energy on our fielding. So, yes, there has been a genuine effort."

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