Sri Lanka showed a lot of character: Angelo Mathews

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: July 9, 2013, 3:32 AM IST
Sri Lanka showed a lot of character: Angelo Mathews

Port of Spain: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews praised his side for showing character in a 39-run (D/L) win over West Indies in the league match of the Celkon Mobile Cup on Monday.

Lauding the team, Angelo said, "The guys showed a lot of character. There was some grass on the wicket and we had to get the runs. Sangakkara batted superbly and he held the innings together. We had a small team talk and with D/L rules, batting first is a disadvantage."

In a rain-marred match, which lasted for two days, Sri Lanka posted 219 for 8 in 41 overs thanks to a brilliant 90 not out from Kumar Sangakkara. The Sri Lankan skipper also lauded Sangakkara for his gritty knock.

The left-hander stretched his fourth wicket stand with Lahiru Thirimanne to 64 once play got under way nearly two hours late on the reserve day. Thirimanne scored a valuable 23 off 73 balls. Sangakkara and Mathews added a further 46 for the fifth wicket either side of another rain interval.

"Sangakkara batted brilliantly. He held the innings together. We had a team talk, and we needed to get runs. Especially with D/L, batting first is a disadvantage. It is tough to play around rain delays batting first. We had to get the runs, and I am glad that we got the runs," Mathews said.

"The rain delays were frustrating but I am glad that we put the runs on the board. It feels good to be contributing to the team's cause", Mathews added.

Sri Lanka lead the table with nine points and a positive run rate while West Indies also has nine points but an inferior run rate. India has five points and must win on Wednesday to have any chance of advancing.

First Published: July 9, 2013, 3:32 AM IST

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