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Sri Lankan players to abide by SLC decision on IPL: Sangakkara

Hyderabad: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara today said that his national team-mates in the Indian Premier League will have to abide by the decision taken by their Cricket Board regarding returning home midway into the Twenty20 league for a tour of England.

“We have a tour of England happening by the end of May. I think the Board (SLC) will start calling us back. I am not sure if if it is going to be May 5 or not (for the return home),” Sangakkara, who captains Deccan Chargers IPL side, said.

“It is upto the BCCI and SLC to negotiate on this (date of return). We as players can do is to abide by the decision of our Board. I hope the players would be communicated after a decision is taken by the BCCI and SLC. We have to abide by that,” he said at the post-match press conference after Deccan Chargers beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 33 runs.

Sangakkara described today’s win a team effort and said it was a relief that Deccan finally won at home in the IPL.
“It is great to win at home. It is relief and joy at last. It was a great team effort.

Everybody contributed to the win. Chipli played a brilliant innings. Gony and Steyn bowled exactly according to the plan,” he said.

Asked about his side breaking the jinx of losing all their IPL matches at home before today, Sangakkara said, “Win is a win and you have to keep on being positive. We did just that.”

RCB captain Daniel Vettori blamed poor fielding and bowling performance for his side’s loss.

“we did not bowl and field well. We did not stop 15-20 runs while fielding. That is not unacceptable in Twenty20 cricket. We have some good fielders and we should have stopped 15-20 runs. We let them add these runs,” he rued.

“At the end, because of the mistakes their (Deccan’s) total became unassailable,” said the New Zealander.

Vettori said the top order batting failure meant that there were no substantial partnerships in RCB’s run chase except for the 54 for the sixth wicket between Virat Kohli (71) and Cheteshwar Pujara (25).

“You need quality players for big partnerships. Deccan bowled really well and our top order failed to get the start,” said Vettori.

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