We were clinical against Canada: Sangakkara

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Hambantota (Sri Lanka), Feb 21 (PTI) It was a plan wellexecuted, said Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara as he heapedpraise on his team-mates for their clinical display incrushing minnows Canada in their opening World Cup match here.

"We were pretty clinical, the spinners and the fastbowlers did exactly what we wanted," Sangakkara said after hisside crushed Canada by 210 runs last night.

He said senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene, who might quitthe game after the World Cup, played a crucial role inchalking out the victory.

"It was set up by the openers. The real star wasJayawardene, it is very easy to bat with him. On wickets likethis, it is nice to get an idea of what''s going on. That''s whyI took a bit of time, it was good that Mahela came back tobring the momentum our way," said Sangakkara who scored a87-ball 92.

Jayawardene said he had no idea that he broke the recordfor fastest century by a Sri Lankan in the World Cup with his81-ball 100.

Jayawardene was happy that Sri Lanka began on a winningnote in the tournament but said that he was a bit tired afterthe knock.

"Always the first game is a nerve-wrecking feeling, guysgave a good start, just needed a momentum shift in the middle.

I was tired after the knock, luckily we have several days torecover. It was a good pitch, good outfield, great stadium anda great atmosphere," said Jayawardene.

Canada captain Ashish Bagai admitted his side wereoutplayed and said the Sangakkara-Jayawardene duo took thegame away from them.

"It was always going to be a tough task. We startedpretty well, kept them under five for the first 25 overs. Twoworld-class players took it away from us," he said.

"A bit different weather here, so there was a bit ofdehydration and cramps, we have seven days to recover fromthis. Great facility here and great crowd." PTI PDS PM

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