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Dimuth Karunaratne focused on making World Cup history against Pakistan
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Dimuth Karunaratne focused on making World Cup history against Pakistan

Dimuth Karunaratne insists Sri Lanka are not plagued by a mental blockage given their horrendous World Cup record against Pakistan and would be looking to overturn their fortunes when the two sides clash in Bristol on Friday.

Pakistan possess an untainted record over Sri Lanka in World Cups, having ended up on the winning side in all of their seven encounters.

Nevertheless, Sri Lanka's much-needed 34-run win against Afghanistan have buoyed the spirits of the players.

Karunaratne admitted the team requires improvement in various aspects of the game.

Sri Lanka will be competing against a resurgent Pakistan, who triumphed versus England following a seven-wicket drubbing from the West Indies in their opening game.

Karunaratne opined that their abysmal World Cup record against Pakistan would not play at the back of the players' minds.

"We may not have won against Pakistan in the World Cup but it doesn't bother us.

"It's just another one-day international for us so if we perform well on that day we can win," he told reporters on the eve of the clash.

'Pakistan is an unpredictable team'

Karunaratne acknowledged Pakistan's unpredictable nature and emphasized his team was high on confidence.

"Pakistan is an unpredictable team but we are also coming into this game having won one and lost one. We were low in confidence but we will give our best shot out to beat them," he said.

Karunaratne hoped batting errors in the first two games will not be repeated in the remaining games.

"We have some areas to improve in batting," said Karunaratne.

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"We need to focus on those things and make sure it does not happen in the Pakistan match. But the win has, overall, boosted our confidence."

Amidst the heated criticism directed towards Angelo Mathews' dwindling form, Karunaratne assured the veteran batsman would be able to come out on top soon.

"He is a cricketer with a lot of experience and has faced similar kind of situations on a number of times so I don't think it will be a problem for him to come out of it," Karunaratne said.