Key is to try and win at the end of the day-Sanga

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Sri Lanka chased England's competitive total of 293 thanks to the brilliant innings of Kumar Sangakkara who hit a spectacular unbeaten 134 to keep his team's Champions Trophy campaign alive.

In the post-match conference Sanga admitted that experience alone is not enough to win matches but there should be a healthy mix of youth as well. He also expressed satisfaction over the fact of having chased close to 300 runs quite easily. "The wicket was quite different. I thought the wicket was flattened out really well right throughout the game. We planned to try and get through Jimmy Anderson's overs. We know how dangerous Jimmy can be as well as Swann, and everyone else in support managed to get through those tough periods pretty well. It's a shame, we had our chances, we probably should have won in Cardiff, we tried everything we could, and probably lost the game through no fault of our own, but coming here and winning this was a good, I think, confidence boost for us going into Australia," the dashing batsman said.

Queried about his lack of form before the series started, Sangakkara said that he is mighty pleased with his current performance now. "I worked pretty hard in the first two weeks that we were here in the practice games as well as in practice, and I'm pretty happy that it worked for me," he added.

Sanga said that at one point they were worried that England had the upper hand but Lasith Malinga helped them get back in the game and restricted England below 300. "I thought England was looking really strong at one point, probably heading to the 300 mark, but the few wickets in the middle, especially Lasith, the way he came back and bowled was exceptional. But it was really important for us to take momentum going back into the dressing room, but I think Bopara really managed to put some extra pressure on us by scoring 28 of the last over. What would have been 270 suddenly became 293, and that's a big margin. But since it was a do?or?die situation, so everyone was probably pretty pumped up to try and go and win the game," he conceded.

Sri Lanka put up a poor fielding performance that cost them a lot of runs. When asked how important the fielding will be in the crucial game against Australia, Sanga said, "Quite a contrasting fielding performance from Cardiff to here. Cardiff we were outstanding. I think we out?fielded New Zealand, which is pretty tough to do, and here we were pretty poor, so we know we need to lift every department of our game, so hopefully we can do that, but whatever happens on the field, the key is to try and win and win at the end of the day, so that's what we'll be trying to do." (Source: Cricbuzz)

  Comments - 15

  • srinath.gunaratne Friday, 14 June 2013 07:34 AM

    Congratulations guys,
    You are the only thing in this country which people can really be proud of. You bring smiles and cheer to every sole in SL, irrespective of race and religion.
    Keep it up

    ANTON Friday, 14 June 2013 07:46 AM

    UNDER VERY VERY COLD WEATHER CONDITION, I THINK LESS THAN 10 CECILIUS, YOU AND OUR TEAM DID A MARVELOUS JOB TO TEACH THE TEACHERS OF CRICKET.

    Mohamed moris Saturday, 15 June 2013 11:14 AM

    Well done sanga ur great and helped every lankans smile and happy

    Bushel Perera Friday, 14 June 2013 10:34 AM

    Is that the way of Sanga or Is it the unpredictable way of the Game
    Anyway well done Sir!

    waakir Saturday, 15 June 2013 08:17 AM

    well said........

    Ajith L Friday, 14 June 2013 02:08 PM

    Kula's innings slap the face of Sunil Gavaskar after he called him a Night watchman.Soon the Indian disappeared...

    Critic Roshan Friday, 14 June 2013 09:04 AM

    Sanga, we love you as a Cricketer, Please accomplish the mission and do the talking.

    kingsley Friday, 14 June 2013 09:14 AM

    Sanga,

    You have given good leasion to young players in team, please learn from snaga. our young players not perofrom well, we need sanga, mahela, dilshan may be another 5-6 years.

    kondebendapucheena Friday, 14 June 2013 09:29 AM

    Now Aussies and go another step ahaead

    Nihal Amarasekera Friday, 14 June 2013 09:28 AM

    Excuse me for going to sleep early, you all made me ecstatic in the morning.

    Ela Malli Friday, 14 June 2013 09:33 AM

    48 international hundreds, more than 100 international fifties, more than 23,000 international runs, ranked in the ICC top 10 for both tests and one dayers for more thant five years, numerous ICC awards and most of all a honest down to earth gentleman AND WE STILL HAVE MORONS LIKE YOU WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING FOR SRI LANKA CRITISIZING ONE OF THE BEST SONS SRI LANKA HAS EVER PRODUCED.

    kandula Sunday, 16 June 2013 05:00 AM

    It certainly was spectacular. Hope our boys can win this tournament.

    Maina Friday, 14 June 2013 09:52 AM

    Very well said Ela Malli.

    Porky Pig Friday, 14 June 2013 07:11 AM

    Please do not talk the walk, walk the walk.

    ceycon Friday, 14 June 2013 09:56 AM

    Must be the power of Anlene.


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