Mathews: We can’t be complacent

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has warned his troops that they cannot afford to be complacent when they take on Afghanistan in their World Cup Pool A clash at the University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday.

Both teams come into match on the back of defeats in their opening matches of the global event, with Sri Lanka losing to tournament co-hosts New Zealand and Afghanistan going down to Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka are overwhelming favourites to topple the Associate nation, but Mathews has told his team to be wary of the developing cricket country.

Mathews said at a news conference: "Preparation has been really good. We worked extremely hard in the past few days to prepare ourselves for this game because we have to take it very seriously.

"We can't be complacent, we can't take it lightly, and we are very well-prepared and we are up for the challenge."

The one area where Sri Lanka really let themselves down against the Black Caps was in the field, dropped catches and mis-fields cost them dearly, and Mathews said they are working hard to rectify their shortcomings.

He added: "We've been doing fielding every single day. And we look to try and improve on that, especially, that we haven't done well.

"We haven't been consistent, we're trying to be consistent in our fielding and we worked extremely hard so hopefully we can carry it through to the next game."