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Sangakkara blames poor batting for exit

After suffering a 7 wicket defeat against England; Kumar Sangakkara said Sri Lankanís top order was at fault for not scoring enough runs during his side's semi final defeat.

Having lost last years Twenty20 World Cup final against Pakistan; Sri Lanka were looking to book their place in consecutive finals.

"I don't think it has anything to do with luck but these are the games we got to turn up and perform," said Sangakkara.

"Unfortunately we didn't start too well with those wickets in the first 6 overs and that really set us back but I thought Angelo Mathews in the middle and everyone else tried to get us to a good total but it was way too short."

"I think everyone was hitting the ball well. They just didn't make use of the opportunity. We need to make sure that every time we get an opportunity, we try and bat and build partnerships."

"Anything over 150, I think we would've done very well to defend."

Having won the toss Sangakkara decided to bat first and England took advantage by reducing Sri Lanka to 26-3 after just 4.1 overs. When asked if batting first was a mistake; Sangakkara said if he had to make the decision again he would still bat.

"In the first six overs if we'd got 40 runs with wickets in hand we could have accelerated through the middle but we lost three wickets early," said Sangakkara.

"Angelo Mathews played very well but we didn't bat smartly today."

"They've been some really good performances - Mahela in the first half of the tournament, Lasith Malinga right throughout, I thought he bowled with a lot of passion, Angelo Mathews and Kapugedara, Ajantha Mendis and the rest of the spinners."

"We've had a great run but unfortunately today was not a day everyone would like to remember."

source - cricket20.com
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