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)