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CRICKET: Sri Lanka carried me, says Kumar Sangakkara

Published:Monday | April 7, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Kumar Sangakkara has paid tribute to his team-mates after he steered Sri Lanka to the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh yesterday.

The left-hander made 52 not out off 35 balls as Sri Lanka chased down India's 131 to win by six wickets in Mirpur.

Sangakkara, 36, had scored only 19 runs in five previous innings in the tournament.

Sangakkara says the side carried him to the final and he was pleased to finally do something for the team.

Victory ended a run of four defeats in global finals for Sri Lanka, who lost the 2007 and 2011 World Cup finals and the 2009 and 2012 World Twenty20 finals.

Sangakkara retired from international Twenty20s with 1,330 runs in 55 matches at a strike-rate of 118, while long-time team-mate Mahela Jayawardene also ended his Twenty20 career with 1,493 runs in 55 games at a strike-rate of 133.


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