Champions Trophy 2013: Angelo Mathews admits Sri Lanka ‘choked’

Champions Trophy 2013: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews admits his side "choked" after a eight-wicket loss to India

By Callum Orr
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MS Dhoni's India beat Sri Lanka to reach the final Photo: The Sport Review

Angelo Mathews admitted Sri Lanka “choked” after his side were emphatically beaten by India in their Champions Trophy semi-final at Cardiff.

A lacklustre Sri Lankan batting outfit were limited to just 181 runs during their allotted 50 overs by the tournament favourites, and despite a valiant late showing from Mathews (51), India made light work of chasing down their opponent’s target with eight wickets in hand and 15 overs to spare.

And while praising India’s bowling attack, Mathews admitted the blame fell squarely on his team after they had failed to deliver at the penultimate hurdle.

“We didn’t play well but credit should go the Indian bowlers,” said Mathews. “They bowled really well, but we choked in the semi-finals.

“All our younger guys need to take responsibility. But credit should go to the whole team for the character they showed after (we lost) the first game.”

The 26-year-old also bemoaned losing the toss, insisting that being put in to bat was pivotal in the outcome of the match.

He added: “The toss was absolutely crucial. If we won the toss we would have bowled. It was seaming, swinging – the batters were finding it really hard.”

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