Sangakkara pleased with chase under lights
Feb 16, 2011 7:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sri Lanka completed their World Cup preparations on a high note defeating West Indies by four wickets at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday. What pleased captain Kumar Sangakkara most about the win was that they chased a competitive total of 281 batting under lights, and won with 15 balls to spare.
"Mentally we are slightly better than a couple of years ago. I always maintained it was hard to chase under lights at one time but sides have done it before," Sangakkara said.
"Sometimes you get too caught up with thinking you can’t do things under lights. It’s more about believing that you can. If it doesn’t work out, try to analyse and see what went wrong and how you can do things better."
Sri Lanka have had nine successful run chases out of 13 under lights in the last two years, but the last three times they had to bat second in a day-night match at the Premadasa, they fell short. Though most teams win the toss and bat first in Sri Lanka, as West Indies did on Tuesday, Sangakkara said he wanted to bat second in the warm-up game to prepare for any situation during the World Cup.