March 8, 2002

Sri Lankan hero gives credit to teammates

Kumar Sangakkara attributed his double century to an excellent team effort as Sanath Jayasuriya hinted to pile on more agony on Pakistan when play resumes the third day Friday.

"It's a team game. It's give and take. If the batsmen at the other end hadn't stayed there, I would have never scored a double century. I think in the end it was a nice team effort," Sangakkara said in a post-match conference Thursday.

Jayasuriya, while praising the knock of Sangakkara, ruled out declaration prospects. "I don't think we will declare. Three days are still left in the game and I think we should just try to play normal. We have been positive in our approach and would like to keep things that way." "It's still a long way to go in the Test."

While the Sri Lankans were happy to attend the press conference, the Pakistanis preferred to keep themselves away from the media. It's very normal in the Pakistan camp to escape the scribes when the performance is not up to expectations.

Jayasuriya felt his bowlers made better use of the conditions on the first day than the Pakistanis on the second. "We bowled to a plan and exploited the conditions while on the second day, the batters batted better than the Pakistanis. "I think the Pakistanis bowled at both sides of the wicket, but we batted really well."