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2019 World Cup, SL vs NZ: Dimuth Karunaratne becomes 2nd player in World Cup history to carry the bat

Sri Lanka may have been all out for 136, but Dimuth Karunaratne added himself to a unique list, in which he is only the second addition.

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New Delhi Updated on: June 01, 2019 17:53 IST
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Sri Lanka may have been all out for 136, but Dimuth Karunaratne added himself to a unique list, in which he is only the second addition.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 136 in the third match of World Cup 2019 against New Zealand, which seems to follow the pattern from the previous two games. 

Both the games of the World Cup ended in one-sided results for the winning side, and Sri Lanka's poor batting performance sets New Zealand up for a thumping win in their opening game of the tournament.

However, even as Sri Lanka disappointed with the bat, their captain Dimuth Karunaratne was the sole positive for the side. Karunaratne opened with Lahiru Thirimanne and remained unbeaten on 52 till the end of the Sri Lankan innings.

The Sri Lankan skipper is now the only second player to carry the bat through the entire innings in a World Cup. West Indies' wicketkeeper-batsman Ridley Jacobs was the first batsman to do so, in the 1999 World Cup against Australia.

While the Windies side was bowled out for 110, Jacobs walked back to the pavilion unbeaten on 49.

Interestingly, Karunaratne was feared out for the final wicket of the innings when Mitchell Santner claimed to have caught the ball at deep-square leg. Even as the umpires soft-signalled Karunaratne out, the third-umpired decided otherwise and the skipper stayed.

However, the incident hardly benefitted Sri Lanka as Lasith Malinga was dismissed on the very next delivery. 

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