Collingwood heaps praise on bowlers for semis win

Last Updated: May 14, 2010, 08:35 AM IST

Gros Islet (St. Lucia): England captain Paul Collingwood on Thursday heaped praise on his bowlers for their clinical performance in his side`s eight-wicket thrashing of Sri Lanka to reach the final of Twenty20 World Cup.

"Full credit goes to the bowlers, who went out there and adapted to the conditions on a slow wicket. I`m delighted with how they performed today," Collingwood said after England stormed into the T20 World Cup summit clash, their first final entry of an ICC event after 2004 Champions Trophy at home.

"The guys have really been preparing well, analysing the opposition, and seeing where we can take wickets," he added.

Asked whom he will choose between Australia and Pakistan to play in the summit clash on Sunday, Collingwood said, "I think everybody would love to see an England-Australia final, but we`ve got to give Pakistan a lot of respect as well and we`ll be watching the match with interest tomorrow."

Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara rued that his side did not have a good start and said they were 30 runs short after electing to bat first.

"I don`t think it was anything to do with luck. Unfortunately we didn`t start too well, losing three wickets in the first six overs. Everyone has been hitting the ball well, but we didn`t make the most of our opportunities. 150 would have been a good total," he said.

Sangakkara praised Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews for their fine show in the tournament.

"We`ve had a great run, but today is a day we won`t want to remember. We need to do a lot of work but it was a credible performance to get this far. I think England have a great chance in the final, they have good balance and good depth in the team."