Zimbabwe skipper Brendan Taylor admitted it can only get better for his side after their 82-run hammering by Sri Lanka in their World Twenty20 opener.
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Spinner Ajantha Mendis took 6-8, a new record for international T20, beating his own record of 6-16 as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 100 in reply to Sri Lanka's 182.
Mendis bowled well, but Zimbabwe were as much the architects of their own downfall. Their fielding was awful, and their batting well below par.
Taylor told Sky Sports 1: "We are a far better side than how we performed today but it was tough. We have to bounce back strongly. There's no excuse for it.
"We've all played enough cricket to go away from today and rethink, come back tomorrow and start training but we don't have a long time until Thursday (their next game)."
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said: "It's tough playing a team like Zimbabwe as you can't take anything for granted.
"We got got a good score then bowled really well. It's a pretty good wicket but you have to get used to the pace a bit. The spinners came on and did the job."