Sangakkara praises Tharanga
Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara praised the Man of the Match, Upul
Tharanga for his 70-run match performance that kept Sri Lanka alive, for
a victory against the New Zealand team in the second match of the
Micromax Tri nation Tournament on Friday.
"Upul batted really well. I struggled to get to grips with the wicket
early on; I kept trying to watch him and see what he was doing and bat
accordingly," said happy Sangakkara after the post-match press briefing.
Tharanga who was kept in and out of the team as one of the openers of
the Sri Lanka team for almost five years, is likely to be a threat to
veteran Sanath Jayasuriya's hopes of finding a slot in the World Cup
squad next year. When everyone was predicting of very hard conditions
for batting under lights, may be Sanga would have been the only one who
kept his hopes alive. Earlier, after losing the toss, Sangakkara said
that a team which cannot overcome the toll order of chasing under the
conditions of Dambulla Stadium, cannot be a good side. Good for him, he
proved he was right as well as the quality of the team.
Tharanga's 70 runs on the challenging Dambulla wicket, consisted of
nine boundaries and came in 109 balls and 162 minutes. Tharanga was
certainly not in a hurry, but let the momentum going by trying for some
big shots when needed.