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Skipper wants end to stagefright

MUMBAI – Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has warned that his team need to overcome their showpiece stagefright if they are ever to win another World Cup after a third shattering loss in a major final. Since capturing the 1996 World Cup, Sri Lanka have been runners-up in the 2007 and 2011 finals as well as the 2009 World Twenty20.
“We can be very proud of the way we played our cricket. Unfortunately, we couldn’t convert,” said Sangakkara after Saturday’s six-wicket defeat to India. “We’ve got to three finals, we’ve lost three finals. We need to lift ourselves a bit more, playing in finals is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we didn’t grab that opportunity.”
The Sri Lanka skipper said India’s batting line-up was an “awesome” sight and that sides playing against them have to make more than 300 to stand any chance. In Saturday’s final, the islanders made 274 for six after winning the toss with Mahela Jayawardene top-scoring with a typically stylish 103 not out. But it wasn’t enough as India, despite the early loss of openers Virender Sehwag (0) and Sachin Tendulkar (18) triumphed.

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