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Pakistan proving they have pride: Sangakkara


Sangakkara reacts as he walks off the field after being dismissed by Pakistan\'s captain Shahid Afridi.

It was a battle of nerves that Sri Lanka lost, said captain Kumar Sangakkara as he heaped praise on rivals Pakistan for putting behind the spot-fixing scandal and proving themselves as a proud side in the ongoing World Cup.

Sri Lanka went down by 11 runs in the nail-biting Group A encounter on Saturday night and Sangakkara said Pakistan were the tougher of the two sides in the see-saw contest.

\"They are a tough side. They proved that they have pride in themselves and I thought they played fantastic cricket,\" Sangakkara said.

Sri Lanka have never beaten Pakistan in the World Cup but had a chance of ending that losing streak last night while chasing 277.

Sangakkara said his team just didn\'t make use of the opportunities that came its way.

\"We tried to change that (the jinx) on Saturday. I am not too sure why that has happened over the years, but there were some critical moments in this game and we couldn\'t turn those critical moments in our favour,\" Sangakkara added.

Sangakkara became Shahid Afridi\'s 300th victim in ODI cricket with the Pakistan skipper becoming the third player from his country to reach the milestone after former captains Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

\"Shoaib (Akthar) getting Mahela and Shahid (Afridi) getting (Tillakaratne) Dilshan were critical moments of the game. Then Chamara (Silva) was a bit slow off the blocks, but he gained momentum towards the end and his finish was excellent,\" Sangakkara pointed out.

Afridi, who picked up five wickets against Canada in Pakistan\'s opening game, was named Man-of-the-Match for his four for 34.