Sangakkara expects better show from bowlers in first 15 overs

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Colombo, Feb 16, (PTI) Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkarafeels that there is still room for improvement for his bowlersas far as bowling in the first 15 overs is concerned.

Sri Lanka won their second warm-up match against the WestIndies with four wickets to spare at the R. Premadasa Stadiumon Tuesday, following their 156-run victory over theNetherlands.

"It''s good to have won both the warm-up matches,"Sangakkara said at the post-match media conference.

"I think there is still a lot of work to be done, mainlyin the first 15 overs. There were worries and they were notgood enough for World Cup cricket."

Sangakkara is also unhappy about the fact that his teamlost six wickets while chasing down West Indies target.

"I think we should have chased it down with one or twowickets less than we did, but I think mentally we are slightlybetter chasing under lights now probably than a few yearsago."

West Indies captain Darren Sammy felt his team shouldhave scored more runs after Gayle gave them a good start.

"We should have scored more runs than we did, because wewere well placed after 15 overs and then got some key wicketswhen they chased, but we didn''t finish it off, that''s what weshould do when we play the main tournament," he said.

The West Indies face a tough opening game in Group B,against South Africa in New Delhi on February 24 -- but Sammybelieves his team is battle ready.

"We know what we need to do and whether it''s the firstmatch or the last in the group, we need to give it the best,"said Sammy.

The 14-team World Cup starts with a clash between Indiaand Bangladesh in Dhaka on Saturday.

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