Alastair Cook "not too disappointed" with defeat


Alastair Cook said he was 'not too disappointed' after England's Champions Trophy defeat by Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten 134 consigned England to a seven wicket defeat. 

England had set a target of 293 which Sri Lanka managed with 17 balls to spare but England's skipper Cook thought the only difference was Sangakkara.

"The difference was an outstanding hundred from an outstanding cricketer," said England skipper Cook.

"Sometimes you can come up short against a guy who plays as well as that and you don't feel quite so bad."

He added: "I'm not too disappointed. We had an opportunity to get into the semi-finals today and we didn't take it. We have another one in our next game."

Defeat means England need to beat New Zealand on Sunday to progress to the Champions Trophy semi-final.

Cook made 59 while Jonathan Trott top-scored with 76 and Joe Root hit 68 as England reached 293-7.

However, the much needed runs from Ravi Bopara looked to have set England a decent score to defend. Bopara smashed 28 runs off the last over to carry them to 293.

Cook admitted he was confident defending their score but in hindsight he felt they could have scored a few more runs.

"It's amazing how those little periods can change a game," said Cook. "We were pretty satisfied, but now you can say another 20 runs would have been nice.

"I think 293 was about par; 300 wins you a lot of games of cricket."

England's bowlers were failing to find the reverse swing that had helped defeat Australia and were annoyed to see a ball showing signs of movement changed by the umpires.

The ball was changed because it was out of shape," said Cook. "The umpires make those decisions and you have to accept them.

"Sometimes you don't think they are the right decisions but there's not much you can do about it."

Sangakkara came onto the wicket in the third over and produced partnerships with Tillakaratne Dilshan (92) and Mahela Jayawardene (85).

After the wickets of Dilshan and Jayawardene, Sri Lanka promoted Nuwan Kulasekara who hit 58 off 38 balls in an unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 110 with Sangakkara.

Sri Lanka would have been eliminated with defeat but now stand a chance of qualifying for the last four if they beat Australia.


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