Sangakkara bats for struggling Jayasuriya


Kumar Sangakkara

Addressing the media ahead of Tuesday’s opening tie against New Zealand, Sangakkara said: “Jayasuriya has won many games for us. He is a bit out of form at the moment but it is just a matter of time before he comes roaring back and wins games for Sri Lanka again.”

The local media was unforgiving of the team’s loss in the T20 matches to Kiwis and he sounded a bit upset at the scrutiny. “Take any loss you can read into it to and come up with any number of theories, but it’s best to just deal with it and move on.

The reality is that New Zealand outplayed us. It was unfortunate that we lost the first game after having such a strong start from Dilshan. In the second game, we were second best all throughout. (But) one-day cricket is a different ball game. There are more overs and you have more time. You have to raise your standards. I’m confident of our abilities. There’s not too much for us to worry about,” he remarked.

 Talking about teams batting first winning the last 10 games, Sangakkara said: “Winning the toss does not mean a win or a loss. You have to perform in the middle and as for chasing, it is in the mind. Minds need to change. We need to ask ourselves if we should raise the bar of our performance or be happy with what we have achieved. And it is the consensus of the team that the bar should be raised.”
 Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori stressed on the need for his batsmen to come good. “We are disappointed with the loss yesterday (on Sunday against Sri Lanka ‘A’) considering that we were almost in full strength. Our batters did not come up to expectations and hopefully that will be rectified in this tournament,” said Vettori.

Both Sangakkara and Vettori maintained that it was exciting to have a third team (India) as the third team after having been involved with each other in Tests and Twenty20s. “Especially if the third team is India we are very happy as all the spotlight shifts on to them and we are left to concentrate on our game and strategies,” quipped Sangakkara.

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