Sangakkara - Great effort
Kumar Sangakkara praised his side's "great all-round effort" after Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 19 runs at Lord's.
Last Updated: 13/06/09 12:22pm
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara hailed his side's "great all-round effort" a 19-run victory over Pakistan in the Super Eights stage at Lord's.
After only posting a modest 150-7, Sri Lanka restricted Pakistan to 131-9 thanks to concerted pressure and regular wickets from Lasith Malinga (3-17).
Muttiah Muralitharan also struck twice in two balls to dismiss Misbah-Ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi, while spin partner Ajantha Mendis ensured Pakistan struggled to keep up with the required scoring rate for most of their reply.
"It was a great, all-round effort to defend that total when we should have had 170 or 175," enthused Sangakkara. "With better options and partnerships, we could have had a more comfortable total."
All-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan continued his fine form in the tournament and claimed the man-of-the-match award after striking 46 off 39 balls at the top of the order.
He said: "It was important we got a good start and we went on from there. We're confident we can finish (the Super Eights) well.
"We're playing very good cricket, we know with Mendis and Murali we can defend 160 against any team. This was always a very important match, a great result and this has given us confidence."
Disappointed Pakistan captain Younus Khan, who top-scored for his side with 50 off 37 balls, blamed his side's failure to maintain their discipline for their defeat after they conceded 20 extras.
"We had a couple of early no-balls and you can't do that in this sort of cricket," he said.
"You then get a free hit and four runs so it's not very good - we had 20 extras today and we lost by 19 runs so it shows how crucial it is in this form of cricket.
"At one stage I was thinking they'd score 200 or something like that, but our spinners did a good job. It's all been about the start for us in this tournament and we've struggled with that for the whole tournament."