We were clinical: Sanga

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Hambantota (Sri Lanka), Feb 20 (PTI) Sri Lanka captainKumar Sangakkara today praised his team-mates for theirclinical display in crushing minnows Canada in their openingWorld 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.

He heaped praise on senior batsman Mahela Jayawardene forthe win today.

"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 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-wracking 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 who scored a 81-ball100.

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

Canada captain Ashish Bagai admitted his side wereoutplayed and said the Sangakkara-Jayawardene duo had takenthe game away from them.

"Always going to be a tough task. We started pretty well,kept them under five for the first 25 overs. Two world-classplayers 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

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