Entering into the contest with a team wretched with injury and suspension, Sri Lanka concluded the match with a famous victory against India on Friday thus survived in the race to emerge in the last four of the ICC Champions Trophy, 2017.
Sri Lanka’s living legend Kumar Sangakkara profoundly appreciated team’s success in chasing the daunting total thrown by the mighty Indian batting line up.
In his column written for icc-cricket.com, the Lankan great noted the win as a ‘much needed one’ for the team.
He said, “This was a great victory for Sri Lanka and a much needed one. It meant a lot to the Sri Lankan team to chase down that very stiff total and to do it with such ease will have been hugely satisfying.”
Saying that the return of captain Angelo Mathews strengthened the team in all aspect, Kumar Sangakkara wrote, “The return of Angelo Mathews naturally strengthened the Sri Lanka side immensely. He was missed sorely against South Africa and he guided the Sri Lankan middle order with just the innings that Sri Lanka needed.”
“Cricket, has once again proved its eternal unpredictability. I expected India and South Africa to dominate the group, but it’s now wide open with two classic matches ahead” – he added.
“Today, the story was all about Sri Lanka and how, after a rocky start to its ICC Champions Trophy campaign, it played like the young talented team they say they are, playing fearlessly and freely with strong belief” – Sangakkara ended.