India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 14, 2012

'Shouldn't have played the shot I played' - Jayawardene

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Few things highlight the relentlessness of the current international schedule like Sri Lanka's itinerary over the past few months. A difficult and challenging tour of South Africa was almost immediately followed by a gruelling Commonwealth Bank series in Australia, five days after which they were playing their first match in the Asia Cup.

The short gap between tournaments and a massive political rally in Dhaka on Monday meant the first time the Sri Lankans came to the Shere Bangla stadium since they landed in Bangladesh was for their opening match against India. Even Virat Kohli, Man of the Match on Tuesday and a batsman in the form of his life, acknowledged the difficulties in adapting from the bouncier pitches in Australia to the ones in the subcontinent.

Mahela Jayawardene, though, didn't think a lack of training sessions in Mirpur or a chance to assess the conditions and tailor game-plans earlier than the day of the game affected his team. "No not really, I thought we needed a few days off," Jayawardene said. "We played five games in ten days in Australia, including travelling, and then had a 24-hour trip to Bangladesh, so we needed two days off, and because of the situation yesterday [Monday], we were forced to rest and I think the boys were quite happy with that. We had a good practice for about an hour and a half before the game, no complaints."

The manner in which Sri Lanka's top order set about dismantling India's bowling early in the chase didn't suggest any difficulty in having had to switch continents. Jayawardene's drives, cuts, dabs and pick-up shots towards deep-backward square leg in an hour of controlled aggression had India scrambling to limit the damage.

A combination of a pitch that was getting easier to bat on and a speedy outfield also helped Sri Lanka believe they weren't out of it, though India had put on a big score. "Three-hundred, I thought, was gettable on this wicket," Jayawardene said. "We batted really well but we made quite a few mistakes [too], and that has probably cost us the game."

One of the mistakes he was referring to was the shot that led to his downfall. Sri Lanka were flying at 124 for 1 in the 19th over when his attempt to run a wide ball very fine to the third-man boundary, ended up being too fine and a catch for MS Dhoni. The fielding, too, was a bit lax - a dropped catch, several close run-out chances missed and some fumbles. In the absence of the rested Lasith Malinga, they also had the problem most teams in world cricket seem to be currently facing: plugging the runs at the end of the innings. Dhoni and Suresh Raina plundered 95 in the final ten as Sri Lanka's bowlers sent down full toss after full toss, many of them heading for the pads.

"There are a lot of ifs and buts, I should not have played the shot I played, we were cruising at that time. As a team I think we gave away 15 runs on the field, we are a much better fielding side. Our last ten overs of the bowling wasn't disciplined enough, its crucial we don't make mistakes like this against a good opposition."

Despite those lapses, Sri Lanka were still in the game when the batting Powerplay was taken in the 36th over of the chase, with both Kumar Sangakkara and Lahiru Thirimanne having settled in. R Ashwin sent both back in an over, as, sweeping, Sangakkara didn't connect well enough, and Thirimanne didn't connect at all. "I thought we were in control of the game for quite some time," Jayawardene said. "Except for my bad shot and two wickets in the first over of the Powerplay - that probably cost us the match."

What also scuttled Sri Lanka was the absence of their two allrounders, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera. Mathews has shown himself to be adept at closing out matches, while Perera's powerful strikes would have helped the chase. More importantly, Jayawardene would have had more bowling options - he had to resort to using Chamara Kapugedera at one point in the double-century stand between Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir.

"It is tough to get a combination going, both Thisara and Angelo are injured, we are trying to see what is the best combination we can come up with. Given the wicket, we thought we should play the extra batsman and chase."

Edited by Nikita Bastian

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on March 15, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Atleast Mahela takes the blame for a poor shot selection.Kumar,Dilshan,Chandimal,Thirimanne,Kapugedera,Kulasekera all did the the same.What a fiasco it turned out to be.What is the secret of kapugedera's inclusion which has no justification at all for his continued failures everytime he has been given a chance . The selectors must be more transparent in their dealings.The composition of the team must be addressed before the next game against Pakistan.It is indeed a joke to play 7 batsman.If the first 5 cannot perform they should take the responsibility.On spinning bangladeshi pitches we are playing seamers.With so much of international cricket under their belt, why can't the team selection be done in a more justifiable manner.It is indeed a mystery and Sri lanka will continue to be bad finishers as seen in the World cup final and CB series final.

  • Sakthiivel on March 15, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @ Suninder Sarao : Let me know what height did Aussie or SA reached, Nothing. They will be flatter by spin in sub continent, they dont have any Technic to play spin in sub continent India white washed aussie last test series played in India, Now tell me what they did.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on March 15, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    What is the point in saying "shouldn't have played that shot" again and again? Everyone does one or the other mistake and gets out.

  • on March 14, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    I am an indian fan, and the funny part is sri lanka is such a good team, but somehow always chockes against india. I bet you they will have no problem beating pakistan.

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Why is it that batting powerplay means SL batting collapse?

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    What's the point saying you shouldn't have played that shot if you are going to play that again and again? It has been pointed out you have to be careful with that running it to third man and the late cut as it again and again ends an otherwise flawless innings. Also as in batting in captaincy too an excellent performance is capped with a careless action.

  • SANDEEPRAJ20 on March 14, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    I only see tendulkar playing shots like that all over the ground in grand fashion in early i n the inning and MAHELA JAYWARDHANE did it.awesome batting by him in first match vs india.woww.....

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    @JustIPL, Of course, this is hype... he was the only centurion in Australia... Thats pure hype as well as its only hype, which made him to score 10 Centuries in ODI's... However, if this is hype, then I am happy to be a part of it!

  • Balumekka on March 14, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    @srikrishsri: Please comment after getting your facts correct mate. Please read Anantha Narayanan's "it figures" latest column. I think he has answered some of the baseless questions about Mahela's performances against quality bowling attacks on difficult pitches! http://blogs.espncricinfo.com/itfigures/archives/2012/03/batsman_by_bowler_pitch_qualit.php

  • Vivian_Richard on March 14, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Mahela was awesome and although I'd like to consider myself an Indian fan, I couldn't help but watch in awe as he butchered the bowling with elegance and turned off the tv set after he got out. Haven't done that since Sachin got out in the Natwest finals.

  • on March 15, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Atleast Mahela takes the blame for a poor shot selection.Kumar,Dilshan,Chandimal,Thirimanne,Kapugedera,Kulasekera all did the the same.What a fiasco it turned out to be.What is the secret of kapugedera's inclusion which has no justification at all for his continued failures everytime he has been given a chance . The selectors must be more transparent in their dealings.The composition of the team must be addressed before the next game against Pakistan.It is indeed a joke to play 7 batsman.If the first 5 cannot perform they should take the responsibility.On spinning bangladeshi pitches we are playing seamers.With so much of international cricket under their belt, why can't the team selection be done in a more justifiable manner.It is indeed a mystery and Sri lanka will continue to be bad finishers as seen in the World cup final and CB series final.

  • Sakthiivel on March 15, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @ Suninder Sarao : Let me know what height did Aussie or SA reached, Nothing. They will be flatter by spin in sub continent, they dont have any Technic to play spin in sub continent India white washed aussie last test series played in India, Now tell me what they did.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on March 15, 2012, 0:18 GMT

    What is the point in saying "shouldn't have played that shot" again and again? Everyone does one or the other mistake and gets out.

  • on March 14, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    I am an indian fan, and the funny part is sri lanka is such a good team, but somehow always chockes against india. I bet you they will have no problem beating pakistan.

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    Why is it that batting powerplay means SL batting collapse?

  • on March 14, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    What's the point saying you shouldn't have played that shot if you are going to play that again and again? It has been pointed out you have to be careful with that running it to third man and the late cut as it again and again ends an otherwise flawless innings. Also as in batting in captaincy too an excellent performance is capped with a careless action.

  • SANDEEPRAJ20 on March 14, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    I only see tendulkar playing shots like that all over the ground in grand fashion in early i n the inning and MAHELA JAYWARDHANE did it.awesome batting by him in first match vs india.woww.....

  • on March 14, 2012, 16:44 GMT

    @JustIPL, Of course, this is hype... he was the only centurion in Australia... Thats pure hype as well as its only hype, which made him to score 10 Centuries in ODI's... However, if this is hype, then I am happy to be a part of it!

  • Balumekka on March 14, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    @srikrishsri: Please comment after getting your facts correct mate. Please read Anantha Narayanan's "it figures" latest column. I think he has answered some of the baseless questions about Mahela's performances against quality bowling attacks on difficult pitches! http://blogs.espncricinfo.com/itfigures/archives/2012/03/batsman_by_bowler_pitch_qualit.php

  • Vivian_Richard on March 14, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Mahela was awesome and although I'd like to consider myself an Indian fan, I couldn't help but watch in awe as he butchered the bowling with elegance and turned off the tv set after he got out. Haven't done that since Sachin got out in the Natwest finals.

  • on March 14, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Mahela your mistake is not about the shot you playes you are a Great Player you played some Excellent shots before you got out for that shot! but your HUGE mistake was selecting Kapugethera in the Playing 11 and it is meaningless you are having him in the squad!! Please drop him somewhere in Bangaladesh when you return to Colombo or the Selectors still keep picking him for all matches

  • BustIPL on March 14, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    I think we are jumping to conclusions on Kohli. He scored centuries in the last two games and that against SL. Againnst aussies he was ordinary. Also, he is getting noticed because of the downfall of Sachin and Viru. So, I am afraid this hype will be short lived as usual.

  • NP_NY on March 14, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    @Danushka308: Yes, calling SL minnows is going a bit too far. They are a good side as they showed in Australia. But you have to admit that the Indians have had SL's number (pretty much in every recent tournament) regardless of how India performed in England and Aus. So yes, we Indians do consider SL easy opponents.

  • lananad on March 14, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    SL need Thilan in the middle order. thats it.

  • Dhakshika on March 14, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    most of them are complaining kapugedara.but if u a true cricket lover & true knowledge about cricket ...kapu should play.because after long lay off he should give him a clear mind to play his proper cricket. Dear amhela & selections we like to bat him even no 05...and after that you have to take a decision about him.because i strongly believe he is a fine talented player.Thanx

  • on March 14, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    well , again indians are good only in subcontinent wickets we need to improve our domestic cricket to reach to the level of aussi & south africa

  • on March 14, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    SL team should no't ever pick Chamara Kapugedara, he has got enough chances. He is not capable at International level. SL team has to find a good spin all-rounder (http://www.espncricinfo.com/sri-lanka-domestic-2011/content/player/50205.html ) and bring him in-place for Chamara Kapugedara.

  • atthipatti on March 14, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Kapugedara....The real man of the match!!!!! Bring him ooooonnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!

  • Mutukisna on March 14, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    SL should not worry too much about this setback in this Asia Cup as if I am right they have won it four times considering it is the smallest nation of the four with the smallest population. A creditable record indeed! Mahela should not worry about his rash shot because until then he was playing one of the most delightful ODI innings. Unfortunately, the batsmen who followed could not build on the platform he set. It is good that Mathews is being sent home to recover for the tests against England. The need for him there is greater than this Asia Cup. But Malinga must play in the next matches as he will not play agst. England. Even 5 overs from a half fit Malinga would have been better than no Malinga! Kapugedara, as disappointing as he is, should be given another chance to prove his worth as he came at a time when scoreboard pressure was on, and dont forget he fell to a brilliant catch. Lastly, why not give young Senanayake a chance. It is about time the selectors took a bold decision.

  • srikrishsri on March 14, 2012, 11:35 GMT

    "One Poor Shot cost the match for Sri Lanka" - Jaya is just trying project his good form and make others believe that changes from his captaincy has taken SL to a new height.. Have a look at the career stats of jaya, his average in test as well as ODI is better only because he has scored runs in SL alone and if u consider his average outside sub continent, i am sure it speaks for him... He was more than happy getting into the CB Series Finals in Australia and losing it.., This is not a winning captain attitude... Individually, he is doing well after he took over as captain but what about the team performance...? I am sure, he cannot make a big impact on the team... But, well played jayawardene....

  • gularan on March 14, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    Same old stale excuses ; I shouldn't have done that,I shouldn't have done this etc etc, .You don't hear the Aussies saying these silly things after a defeat, they prefer to correct their mistakes the next time round. This is a big failing of MJ. Sri Lanka always self destructs in winning situations and that is an established fact over a long period of time. This time as in the CB series final b4 they went about it like suicide bombers bent on blowing them apart B4 achieving victory. In the final analysis all the ODI game experience ( over 800 between MJ, Sanga and Dilshan ) count to ZILCH when one looks back at the suicidal and pathetic efforts SL have made to convert winning situations into FARCIAL DEFEATS. Learn from the AUSSIES, it is not too late Sri Lanka.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on March 14, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    Flat or Fast , the result is predictable for SL when they play against India.:P

  • on March 14, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    If lanka wants to win a match then they must take kapugedara out of the team.... he shoulden't be there. let him go home.

  • praveenchopra on March 14, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    thanks god,kapugedara is playing for srilanka,the moment i saw this guy was in their team i knew we are going to win,a big thanks from india to srilankan selectors,please keep playing him

  • LankansXI on March 14, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Well Played Mahela and i would lik to ask one question from you that y r u still giving chances to kapugedara instead of giving senanayaka?

  • on March 14, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @those who see this Indian win as something lesser: Currently no team is good enough to win matches everywhere. Let SA and Australia come to India. If they win comprehensively, then you may make comments like these. Till then, give it a rest. By the way, I agree that this is an irrelevant and lucklustre tournament. The stadium is hardly full.

  • mathewjohn2176 on March 14, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    @penny 71, I am not sure you will say the same if SL won the match.Anyway,srilanka will play against England in same flat pitches.when srilanka win,will you be happy for the win like few Indians here or will be unhappy due to flat pitches? Surprise ,you will be happy even it's played in flat pitches.There you go.

  • Kadmin on March 14, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Useless series. Well, save some good energy for the ENG test series. Don't want to get worn out. You lost the best opportunity anyway by losing to AUS in the finals. Still bit burnt out the way it has ended. GOOD LUCK!!!

  • AadeeSL on March 14, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    Being a specialized batsman after 80+ matches,kapugedara averaging 21,while being a bowler,kulasekera averages 16.sack kapugedara and we don't mind that place filled by SL women's squad.they should be playing far far far better than kapugedara.can't imagine why this selectors giving him such chances all the time.there're plenty of 20,21,22 old youngsters averaging 50+ in domestic first class matches

  • on March 14, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Need a rest, lots of cricket during past few months. Have to be ruthless specially against Indians. Kapugedara is a massive liability, this guy hasn't contributed anything to win a match and we have to get rid of him ASAP. We better groom/expose a younger new player for future prospects. Good luck for the rest of series.

  • Empty-Sequence on March 14, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    Can't believe Jaya is mourning over the shot he played. To me throughout the innings he was riding on his luck. He was perhaps to much overaggressive chasing a moderate total on a Flat Track and at the end he paid the price.

  • Danushka308 on March 14, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    @Sakthiivel - Srilanka are minnows..but we saw how indian giants lost 8 test matches in a trot..Do the Bangladesh,Srlanka,Pakistan(minnows) teams lost 8 test in a row..I think only Indian Cricket GIANTS can do it..hahahahahahaha ALL DA Best GIANTS....

  • on March 14, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    I don't think we can call this as real cricket. We have seen Indian Players ability to play on pitches where ball swings, bounces and comes at real speed. Some of them, however well they do here, can't be called as International players because of this. I feel, we need to have 2 teams--one for domestic including sub-continent and the other one for overseas. Right now, we don't have 11 players to assemble a team, particularly for test matches outside India

  • Penny71 on March 14, 2012, 6:47 GMT

    useless series altogether. SL need some rest and get geared for the English series. No point even commenting about Indian match. As usual India is very satisfied with the result, playing in the flat pitches........surprise surprise....

    I agree. Kapugdara doesn't add any value at all. No batting no bowling and not much in the field. What is the whole point. Let all the substitutes play the rest of the matches so that the key players can take some good break.

  • on March 14, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Sri lanka looked a bit tired agree to that.but what i dont understand is why you bring in players like kapugedara i like to know were this guy has performed to win a match for sri lanka.this guy is only good at club level not good enough for the international arena he is been given more chances than any cricketer in lanka but fails all the time.if i have a say will never play guys like kapu ,chamara silva or dilhara fernando.get some younger players for the future.

  • on March 14, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Give players some rest. Give viewers some rest too. We are losing track of cricket schedules. Who is playing, whom, where and for what irrelevant cup.

  • Sandalal on March 14, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    You are wrong Mahela. You did good job. But what happen to the other players? They don't have any responsiability. First place Kapugedara should not play for SriLanka team. He look like a school boy cricketer. Second place we need another bowller. We play with 5 bowllers. Ther is no bowlling options. Third place our fielding coach is sleeping. He has to wake up. In Australia one match they drop six catches. Good luck for the rest of series.

  • thinktank1 on March 14, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Boring series.. give these players some rest.

  • fattypatty_Poorna on March 14, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Whatever said and done, that was a classy knock by Mahela and I think his choice to play that shot was because of the powerplay. But well, too bad and its great of him to admit that his shot was the cause for the momentum to just vaporize. Great stuff. From both teams.

  • senthil25 on March 14, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    For Srilanka they need rest so, go and lost to pakistan & go home srilanka..................we want to see India Vs Pakistan in Final.....even though your are good team take some rest.......

  • anver777 on March 14, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Can't understand out of form Kapugedara's role in the team...... i think a genuine bowler who can take vital breakthroughs is a better choice instead. A BIG ????????

  • Sakthiivel on March 14, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Nothing big surprise, Beating minnows not a big deal. Need to win Pakistan. Real match is on sunday.

  • 9ST9 on March 14, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    I really don't think Jayawardhana should even consider that he committed a mistake - IMO 1/Sangakkara shouldn't have played that shot - too much thought given on the fact that it was a batting powerplay 2/ Chandimal played a needless shot 3/ Kapugedara shouldn't be playing even in the SL A team.

  • on March 14, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    u played well mahela.....we played without mathews n thisara n malinga...3 main players...need someone there to finish d game thats it...

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  • on March 14, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    u played well mahela.....we played without mathews n thisara n malinga...3 main players...need someone there to finish d game thats it...

  • 9ST9 on March 14, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    I really don't think Jayawardhana should even consider that he committed a mistake - IMO 1/Sangakkara shouldn't have played that shot - too much thought given on the fact that it was a batting powerplay 2/ Chandimal played a needless shot 3/ Kapugedara shouldn't be playing even in the SL A team.

  • Sakthiivel on March 14, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Nothing big surprise, Beating minnows not a big deal. Need to win Pakistan. Real match is on sunday.

  • anver777 on March 14, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Can't understand out of form Kapugedara's role in the team...... i think a genuine bowler who can take vital breakthroughs is a better choice instead. A BIG ????????

  • senthil25 on March 14, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    For Srilanka they need rest so, go and lost to pakistan & go home srilanka..................we want to see India Vs Pakistan in Final.....even though your are good team take some rest.......

  • fattypatty_Poorna on March 14, 2012, 5:04 GMT

    Whatever said and done, that was a classy knock by Mahela and I think his choice to play that shot was because of the powerplay. But well, too bad and its great of him to admit that his shot was the cause for the momentum to just vaporize. Great stuff. From both teams.

  • thinktank1 on March 14, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Boring series.. give these players some rest.

  • Sandalal on March 14, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    You are wrong Mahela. You did good job. But what happen to the other players? They don't have any responsiability. First place Kapugedara should not play for SriLanka team. He look like a school boy cricketer. Second place we need another bowller. We play with 5 bowllers. Ther is no bowlling options. Third place our fielding coach is sleeping. He has to wake up. In Australia one match they drop six catches. Good luck for the rest of series.

  • on March 14, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Give players some rest. Give viewers some rest too. We are losing track of cricket schedules. Who is playing, whom, where and for what irrelevant cup.

  • on March 14, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Sri lanka looked a bit tired agree to that.but what i dont understand is why you bring in players like kapugedara i like to know were this guy has performed to win a match for sri lanka.this guy is only good at club level not good enough for the international arena he is been given more chances than any cricketer in lanka but fails all the time.if i have a say will never play guys like kapu ,chamara silva or dilhara fernando.get some younger players for the future.