The pressure is intense and at you everytime: Sanga
Kumar Sangakkara hit a magnificent unbeaten 134 and took SL to victory. Kumar Sangakkara hit a splendid unbeaten 134 and led Sri Lanka's chase taking them to a thumping 7 wicket win over hosts England thereby keeping his country's semi-final hopes alive. Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan built the innings and added 92 and then the southpaw was joined by another Lankan old war-horse, Mahela Jayawardene with whom he partnered for an attractive 85.
Mahela is certainly the best batsman in the side. He was out unfortunately as he was trying to play it too fine and holed out." stated Sanga after receiving the man of the match award at the presentation ceremony.
Nuwan Kulasekara was sent as a late-order pinch hitter and smashed an aggressive half-century. He was involved in an unbeaten century stand with Sangakkara.
He started off really slowly, but when the powerplay was over, he surprised everyone with his shots. When asked how did he cope with the pressure of the match knowing it was a do or die encounter for Sri Lanka, the charismatic and elegant batsman replied, "That's international cricket and Champions Trophy for you.
The pressure is intense and at you everytime. We got to win the next game and prepare well for the Aussies.
They are a great side." The winning captain, Angelo Mathews hailed the efforts of his bowlers.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CricBuzz