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‘Was a collective effort’

Calcutta: Sri Lanka ensured a place for themselves in the final of the Asia Cup, when they scripted a rather easy win over Afghanistan on Monday.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews lauded his players’ efforts.However, Afghanistan captain Mohammed Nabi acknowledged that it was Kumar Sangakkara’s 76 that took the game away from them.

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Angelo Mathews: It was a very important game for us because we needed to win this match to confirm our place in the final. We knew we had to wrap up the match as early as possible.

The Afghans have a very good bowling attack and our batsmen had to work hard and we found it difficult to score runs on this slow wicket.It was a collective effort on our part. Thisara Perera put up a good show. He scored some useful runs and picked up those crucial three wickets. The bowling attack once again proved that they are world class.

Mohammed Nabi: We bowled brilliantly in the first 35 overs. But then Kumar Sangakkara batted really well.

Even while batting, we played the first ten overs brilliantly. But then Lasith Malinga, Perera and Ajantha Mendis bowled really well. It was a bit difficult to pick Malinga and Perera… they were seaming in. We khave learnt a lot of things from this match.

We learnt how to stay at the wicket and put pressure on the opposition. We will try our best in the last game against India.