The idea behind the dangerous MCG pitch was right, but the execution means another Boxing Day snoozefest awaits
It’s a strange day when you praise a groundsman for producing a pitch so dangerous it forced a first-class match to be abandoned.
Sri Lanka were in all sorts of trouble in their opening World Cup match against New Zealand in Cardiff.
On a green deck, the Kiwi bowling attack was too strong for the Sri Lankan batsmen who found themselves all out for just 136 inside 30 overs.
Captain Dimuth Karunaratne did what he could to bring his side out of their rut with an unbeaten 52 from 84 deliveries.
However even he had his moments, bizarrely opting not to even play a shot at a free hit delivery during the 28th over.
The score is Sri Lanka’s equal fifth-lowest in a World Cup match.
It comes after Pakistan were bowled out for just 105 – their second-lowest at a World Cup – by the West Indies, in the second game of the tournament.