Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo

We failed under pressure - Jayawardene

Andrew Fernando in Colombo

October 7, 2012

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Mahela Jayawardene walks back after being dismissed, Sri Lanka v West Indies, final, World Twenty20, Colombo, October 7, 2012
Mahela Jayawardene was left to ponder another disappointing performance in a major final © ICC/Getty
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Mahela Jayawardene has admitted his side faltered under pressure in their World Twenty20 final loss to the West Indies in Colombo, after having made an exceptional start to the match in the first 12 overs. The loss is Sri Lanka's fourth in major finals since 2007, and they have now been bridesmaids in two World Cups and two World Twenty20s in the last five major tournaments.

Sri Lanka had surged through the Super Eights and secured a tough victory over Pakistan on a dustbowl to progress to the final, but could not quell a West Indies resurgence in the title match. With West Indies mired at 48 for 2 after 12 overs the title seemed in Sri Lanka's grasp before Marlon Samuels bludgeoned three sixes off Lasith Malinga's second over on his way to a match-winning 78 from 56 balls. Jayawardene, who announced he was standing down as T20 captain, felt Sri Lanka should not have allowed West Indies, who were also 87 for 5 in the 16th over, to reap 89 from the last eight overs.

Sri Lanka lost Tillakaratne Dilshan in the second over in pursuit of 138, and were never able to catch up to the asking rate. Jayawardene did not see a trend in Sri Lanka's inability to win finals, but said his side had responded poorly to West Indies' middle-over onslaught, and marked out the three-over stretch between the 13th and 15th over, which cost 39, as the turning point of the match even though Ajantha Mendis took three wickets.

"I think we tried very hard, but this match changed in three or four overs in the middle," he said. "In the pressure situations we couldn't control the match. Marlon Samuels batted really well and he took it away from us a little bit. But when we were put under pressure, we didn't react well to that. When those small mistakes add up, that's where you lose a match like a final, and that's what happened to us."

Jayawardene has been at the helm for two of those four finals losses, while Kumar Sangakkara, Dilshan and Malinga have also played in each loss. In this tournament, Sri Lanka had lost only a seven-over match against South Africa in the group stage, and arrived in the final as the form team, and favourites with home advantage. Jayawardene said this defeat was different from finals failures in the past, because Sri Lanka had dominated the opening exchanges.

"We played well right until the final. Every defeat has been different. How we approached a couple of the finals, we did not start well and we kept chasing the game and it was tough for us to get back into it. I thought today we started well. Marlon took a gamble after the 12th over and it paid off for him. Those were individual performances that you have to give credit to. Under pressure he put his hand up and performed and that crucial moment he controlled."

Samuels was dropped on 20 by Nuwan Kulasekara as he attempted a difficult running chance on the long-off boundary in the tenth over. Samuels made 58 from the next 22 balls he faced and propelled West Indies beyond a run-a-ball - a run rate they had not looked like achieving in the early stages. After Samuels' demise in the 18th over, Darren Sammy propelled West Indies towards 140 with 26 from 15 balls.

"We dropped a half chance and then they played well in the next three overs," Jayawardene said. "I think that 20 or 30 runs was the difference. If we had kept them to 110 or 120 on this pitch we could have competed better in this match."

Jayawardene admitted that despite falling away in the field Sri Lanka were capable of chasing 138, but needed a strong start to do so. Ravi Rampaul's superb delivery to uproot Dilshan's off stump forced the hosts to be more conservative during their Powerplay, and the middle order were unable to reverse a flagging run rate amid a clatter of wickets.

"We wanted to attack. The first six overs, it was crucial for us to get a good start, particularly with the hardness of the ball. But when Dilly got out in the first ball of the second over, that kept us back because Kumar and I knew we had to consolidate and we couldn't lose another wicket in the first six overs.

"We were looking at 45-50 runs in the first six to put pressure on them, but that didn't materialise. They bowled really well and took pace off the ball. They didn't bowl their quicks and kept bowling their spinners. We never had momentum going in that chase. We had to make sure we had a good start going and we lost wickets regularly."

Malinga's second over disappeared for 21, but Jayawardene defended his decision to bring him back into the attack. Malinga's two remaining overs went for 29, and he finished with his worst ever Twenty20 figures, having taken no wickets for 54 from his four overs. Jayawardene still had overs from Akila Dananjaya and Nuwan Kulasekara at the finish in addition to Thisara Perera, who has barely bowled throughout the tournament.

"After the first 12 overs, Malinga had only bowled one over. I knew that they would have to play some shots, so I gave the ball to my number one bowler to take wickets. But they played well in that period and Lasith couldn't bowl two good overs then, but that's cricket. I thought we'd have a chance to take wickets if Lasith bowled because Marlon didn't play Lasith well in our match in Kandy, so I had thought about that when I gave him the ball.

"If I knew the script was going to be like that, I probably wouldn't have bowled him."

Jayawardene said the loss would be particularly painful for having come on their home turf, in front of a hugely expectant crowd of 35,000. Sri Lanka had defeated West Indies by nine wickets in the Super Eights - their most comprehensive win over top-eight opposition - in addition to having defeated them by the same margin in a practice match.

"As a team we gave everything we had. In a big tournament, we wanted to win to give something to the fans who have been cheering us. I'm very disappointed, we had a full house here as well. We just didn't execute a good gameplan and we weren't ruthless enough. So we're very disappointed that we couldn't give the fans what they wanted, and that hurts a lot."

Andrew Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Sri Lanka

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Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

I have to agree with Sidath346! Before finals, Mahela was boasting about maintaining standards by taking the team towards final - four times! It was the clue for lack of 'mental fitness'. Why on earth Mahela asked Malinga to bowl when two overs yielded in high batting scores? Writing an exam is also handling pressure - producing a thesis is also handling pressure too - Mahela did on the 7th October and his best friend in 2011 - simply gave up in front of all supporters - Intolerable! Now they want to give something back to nation - in what way? There was no match in the end - Look at women's T20 finals - the difference was 4 runs! Arjuna is still live! Why didn't you get advice on mental toughness from him? Was it costly? Would such action have an impact on status-quo of the administration body? Where was the intelligence? In the end - a simple question to be asked of - Did the national team represent its people? 1. Yes 2. No The answer is NO - How many times - 4

Posted by vijaysun1 on (October 9, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

As an Indian fan, I would like to congratulate both the WI and SL teams and fans. It was quite an absorbing final with twists and turns, which is great because sometimes finals can be dull and one-sided. Well played to West Indies; after all the severe disappointments of the past 15 years, I think no one would begrudge them this success. Cricket needs a vibrant, successful West Indian team to add to the spectacle of the global game and I am very happy for Darren Sammy and co. Sri Lanka were probably the best team in the tournament and dominated the first half of the final, but somehow snatched defeat from the jaws of victory; they do need to look at the mental side of their game and also at how brittle the middle order is under this kind of pressure. I think the generation of Jayawardene/Sangakkara/Dilshan may well be destined to retire without a major trophy to their name since I doubt they will get another chance in a final soon.

Posted by miles100 on (October 9, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

We are relying on our lower order bigger batsmen like Perera to hit a six. Not a single batsmen in this side can hit a six out of the play area except for Mathews. Our batsmen needs to do more strength training and get some nutrition as well as learning to middle the ball better. Also learn to be more gutsy in the middle order. Our senior players think reverse sweeps, little nicks and scoops will always do the job. Yes we need them. Our players do it too often because of their mental and physical disability to take on bowlers directly. You don't have to be tall like Chris Gayle to hit a straight six. Look at Aravanda, Sanath, Kaluwitharana, Herchele Gibs, Warner, Dhoni, Sewag even Kulasekera, Ruwan Kalpege, Gangully back then. None of these guys are big but certainly has strength and being able to middle the ball. Even Gayle was very nervous. Skinny Tharanga hit a 121 meter sixer in Zimbabwe against India. I think we need some good young (under 19) players with guts.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 0:27 GMT)

@Miles100: Sports psychologist? - you're spot on. This, and meditation combined should be an integral part of the player's daily routine.

Posted by   on (October 9, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

Dilshan, please use your feet: either go forward or fully back; Our SL boys lost their heads again. We need as sports psychologist for the SL team. In a country where it is practiced widely ,meditation should be an essential part of the SL players daily work out.

Posted by SunnyFernando on (October 8, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

Cricket is for Sri Lanka is the straw for the drowning. Everyone is hanging in to it and it is natural we will fail under pressure.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

Malinga didn't need to take wickets. He merely had to keep the run rate down. Whatever happened to the variations, slower balls etc? Going for high risk yorkers wasn't necessary. Also in hindsight, Kapugedera could have been valuable in this match situation.

Posted by Gamika on (October 8, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

It has all been enormous fun and great fight between two best teams in the world. Though SL sits as runners up for the fourth time in a world event, I salute whole team and Mahela for their effort. SL been a small Island archived a lot all these years after winning the world cup of 1996. Some egomaniacs has criticize the performance of Individual players and questioned the decisions which made by Mahela during the final. But remember WI was 34 runs after 10th over. They couldn't score a run from the bat till 17th Ball. That's the power SL has with their baling department. Unless WI would've smashed SL like Aussies.. Darren Sammy led them to a first world title since 1979… this is a great achievement after 33 years! Congratulations WI !!.....

Posted by Brdmara on (October 8, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

It was just another dat for de srilankans

Posted by Ajithlk on (October 8, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

Feel v sad for Mahela as he was majestic in his batting and his leadership. There will be mistakes that will be talked about, but some are obviously more talked about once the event had happened. For example going for Malinga was a very rational thing to do, as time and time again he has been a bowler who pulls the game back in our advantage and I believe Marlon Samuels had a big day and it worked for him. With the loss of Dilshan so early, I think Mahela took too much weight into his own head and Sanga could not do well with the bat too. I would have expected Jeewan to come after Sanga, as Jeewan is a busy cricketer and would have helped rotate the strike, more than Mathews. Hats off to Mahela for the leader he is and for the silky touch he brings to his batting even in this version, which is generally more slam bang cricket. Mahela is a class act with the bat and super leader on the field. And if Srilanka were to lose, there no deserving team than WI's to lose to. Thank you

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

SL just paid the price for very poor pitches in their knockout matches. In Semi Final, Mahela and Srilanka were very luck that he won the toss, otherwise the story would've been totally different. Same thing didn't happen in Final and SL lost comprehansively. Even Pak did better than SL in Semi Final while chasing.

Posted by ibbani on (October 8, 2012, 14:26 GMT)

Even if Lankans reach 100 finals, theyw ont win any of them. They choke superbly. They won by luck in subcontinent in 96. It is not the same for India, Aus, as they won in England and subcontinent. SRL is just above BD and they are no better side. They did not beat any team comprehensively except WI. They lsot royally to SA in a 7 over game. They only beat BD in league. India jsut lost 1 match in super8s. They picked all wickets with the so called weak bowling attack as all say. Except for AUS, we did all tremendously.

Posted by miles100 on (October 8, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

I have followed SL Cricket since the 1st test in 1982. SL cricket should seriously invest on a good sports Psychologist or a sports motivator rather than foreign coaches as it is clearly evident that even our seniors struggle to handle the pressure/crunch games real bad. Even the seniors are too nervous. It has been 5 major finals that we threw away including the CB finals in AU. Far too many to forgive. Arjuna and Aravanida were 2 brave minded characters as seniors. Those 2 didn't care about speaking English like Sanga/Mahela however 100 times more gutsier than Sanga & Mahela in the middle. Why foreign coaches? as we know that there are thousands of highly technical coaches in SL. However they should spend on one of the best sports Psychologist or a sports motivator in the world as they can afford one. I think Sanga, Dilshan and Mahela should retire and allow the selectors to build a young guts side. Why on earth they are playing Thirimanne in fast paced games like this.

Posted by rumyfala on (October 8, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Mahela you are a good man. even aussies or Wi if they batted second would have succumbed to the pressure. so mahela you are no exception and dont blame your self. Its good that you stepped down because that will do a hell of lot of good things to your carrer as well as SL cricket. good luck man !!!

Posted by Damo_s on (October 8, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

I think you SL supporters are being a bit hard on your team. Malinga is an excellent and worthy 'go to' bowler. He just had a bad day. You were going ok until Sanga got out then it all slid from there. I expected better from Angelo as he is an experienced player. The run outs were unnecessary and arguably cost you the game. No one can really blame MJs captaincy for any of that. Look at us (England). We were terrrible at times and had a miserable tournament as a result. The sad thing is Broad wont stand down after such a shocker and we will be stuck with the same team, or more importantly, mindset, skill, and ethic, in future competitions. Your team will learn and move forward. ours wont :(

Posted by tgr999 on (October 8, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

''home conditions'' led sri lanka to another misery.. Few days ago it was on the same ground the S L defended a moderate target of 139 and all thought that it was sri lanka' s bowling skills but actually it wasnt the reason....it was MJ's fortune at toss the brought loss to the mighty pakistanian's. As a sri lankan supporter i accept that the giant like windies played well against the sri lankan dwarfs..but it is a final and the toss shouldn't decide the win or loss of a team. It's very hard chasing in this sought of a pitch that it is proved when sammy won the toss MJ's face turning red. It s fair to give the world cup to the that win the toss...again proving the old statement CRICKET BY CHANCE FOOTBALL BY PRACTISE---

Posted by PACERONE on (October 8, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

It was good to win with Gayle not been the main man.I told my Sri lanka friend that Samuel is the most polished and dangerous batsman in the W.I side.He can play all types of bowling.The ball that he got out to he could of played for four on the offside..he has strokes all around the wicket.No reverse sweep etc.W.I had two bad umpiring decisions go against them and dropped two catches and they still did not falter.Instead played positively to the end. Now all the critics who used to make fun of W.I will have to think before they speak.Mathews suggestion that W.I was 20 t0 30 runs short did not realize that those runs were on the board.W.I survived when under pressure,a good sign as most teams do not.Sri Lanka still has a good team.I like to watch Chandimal.I am sorry that it was Sri Lanka we had to beat.It would of felt sweeter if it was one of the other nations.

Posted by cricket_slcsupport on (October 8, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

I hope the yongsters from Sri Lanka will win a world cup for Mahela & Sanga as the Indian youngsters did for Sachin Tendulkar last year. We as Sri Lankan supporters are sad for the Loss, But congratulate West Indies for their perofrmance and for winning the a World Cup alomost after three decades. Well Done ! Lions will do it one day ! we still support our cricketers well done mates you did your best !

Posted by Kulaputra on (October 8, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Dear Mahela, Please do not retire from cricket. Wins and losses are a part of life. You are like a breath of fresh air regardless of the format being played. Continue giving joy by sheer quality of batting to fans like me. If you do not want to be the captain, that is fine but do not retire as a batsman.

Posted by maddy20 on (October 8, 2012, 11:18 GMT)

Yeah yeah. We knew that after your 2 consecutive 50 Over WC defeats, not to mention the T20final debacles. The SL team never has it in them to perform at crucial moments. Another thing we know here is that Malinga is highly over rated. Kohli thrashed him many times in recent past and so will everyone else. Last but not least the Lankans have not won a bilateral or trie-series or any other tournament in over 2 years. Yes they did make it to the finals many times but they did not win any final or decider. Can't win at home, can't win anywhere else. This shows their class doesn't it!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

After all it is T20 and we know how the game changes dramatically .This is an emphatic win by Windies considering the state they were in.Well Mahela should have been bit smarter than that when Malinga was hit for 20 runs in the first over. Obviously the conditions were different in the previous match and slow bowlers were doing a fantastic job at that point.This is a repetition of the same blunder with Virat Kohli earlier.Well the mistake is a mistake however much it costs.You can never turn the clock back again.Whatever it is we are right behind you for taking our cricket to this level and don't forget being able to play in four WC finals itself is a big achievement which many would envy that.Don't let the spirit go down because of this loss and we all ways appreciate what you have done to our Cricket Mahela.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (October 8, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

problem is not malinga..problem is over rated 4 all ronders..mathew,perera,kulasekara and jeevan mendis.. does this guy jeevan got any stroke....only running and reverse sweep..no shots.. instead of thsi 4 all ronders they have picked only one all roiunder who can really deliver..from list only kulasekara can do.. next should be 2 genuine batsman like taranga / kapugedara at top and another asgenuine bowler rangana herath...

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (October 8, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

Kula's catch cost us the 2011 world cup - He did the same last night! Mailnga needs to be packed and ship to India so he can play for Mr Ambani forever! Mahela, you have let down a whole nation of cricket lovers. This is the difference between Ricky Ponting and ahela Jayawaredena I guess!!

Posted by applethief on (October 8, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

If there's one thing Sri Lanka know how to do, then it's how to pick themselves up after a defeat and come back and play better than before. As a tournament, this was pretty lacklustre but for the Lankans who made it worth watching

Posted by Alexk400 on (October 8, 2012, 9:16 GMT)

Mahela was superb captain. It is just that srilankan young batsman could not soak up the pressure. After big 3 rest did n't have it. I feel mahela was unlucky and sammy was lucky like dhoni.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

It's really heartbreaking but u guys really played well.... I was inside that packed stadium n felt like crying after the match. It's cricket somebody has to lose.Sad that we were in the losing end in the past 4 finals. Whatever happens we will always love Sri Lankan cricket. All the fans are with u guys let's win it next time. No worries bcz win or lose we'll always love n respect u.... cheers....

Posted by Sageleaf on (October 8, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

I think Mahela should give up captaincy totally before the Australian tour. Why go there and have another defeat? Mahela is not going to win in Australia too …so make Mathews as captain in all formats or at least Test and ODI and let him learn like Sammy did. All were questioning Sammy's ability to captain the side but he now has a world cup under his belt which Mahela tried since 2007. Let Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan concentrate more on batting than leadership. They are still good for test and ODI. But T20 has to be changed and young talent should be there in the side. They have to believe the age is catching up. Get Munaweera, Thirimanne to open followed by Rajapakese, Chandimal, Mathews, Mendis, Perera, Kulasekera, Mendis, Dhananjaya, Pradeep and few other talent new player on the side. We also have Dimuth Karunarathne, Angelo Perera, and Suranga lakmal. With Malinga's attitude he will not go far even his ratings have gone down

Posted by St.John on (October 8, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

No Mahela. Admit your folly there's a good fellow! You lost this match because of your absurd persistence in allowing Malinga bowl his 4 overs. After the slingers 2nd over when he had been thrashed all over the place he should have been taken off. Spin was working just fine and Dilshan could have bowled 2 overs. Recent history shows that Malinga cant bowl toe crushers on demand now. He has become super expensive despite that 5 wicket haul he made. MJ should have done his homework. There was no pressure on SL. 130 odd was still gettable. Should have been under 100 if not for Slinger.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

We were on the game until the fateful 13th over where Mahela brought in Malinga to bowl at a well set Samuels which was the turning point of the game when we had 02 overs from Dananjaya & Kule, just could not understand why he persisted on his no1 bowler who has already leaked runs in this tournament! Then when Dilshan got out we did not have a game plan, we should have sent a pinch hitter either Perera or Kule who has handled well in such situations and keep Kumar to steady the batting later on, i think there is no doubt he is one of the best Captains we have but in crucial games he makes wrong decisions and Sri Lanka has suffered big time in front of a capacity 35,000 home crowd , its time that he moves away from this game and concentrate on Test Cricket only as we must bring in Mathews for both formats T20 & ODI as Captain and groom him for 2105 WC in Australia.....

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

I think you can not blame Malinga,, Sanga was off in batting,, Dilshan looked as if he is under great tension,,,,they should have played fearlessly or change batting order,,

But all said and done,, I think best match we ever witnessed,, No body from SL is to be blamed,,,

Posted by masoodali150 on (October 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

Actually, Srilanka wan not much prepare according to their plan. They all were just in hurry. However, Jayawardene was looking out of form and also Dilshan, both the player should leave the Cricket for the betterment of SL Cricket. Beside this, Both played well in their career, They are Legends.

Posted by mohanan on (October 8, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

I think the difference was Malinga giving away runs and the physical sttrength of the West Indies players. They were were able to clear the boundaries while SL players' shots couldn't clear the ropes. Malinga's bowling depends on length and speed. not in swinging or seaming, which makes him vulnerable.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (October 8, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

The main problem with Sri Lankan cricket is that they are over reliant on Mahela, Sanga and Dilshan. The rest of the team without these 3 outstanding players looks shaky. Today SL needed at least one of Angelo Mathews/ Jeevan Mendis / Thisara Perera/ Lahiru Thirimanne to go on and make a half century. Sadly, that didn't happen and they slipped to defeat. They wouldn't have even reached a 100 had it not been for Kulasekara's cameo. So yeah, they melted down under pressure big time. It's good to see Mahela admitting it but for how long will the Sri Lankan people put up with disappointments ?? I know 4 finals = consistency; but I am also not that stupid to know that 4 losses in 4 consecutive finals also means something is seriously wrong with the team.

Posted by Dirk_L on (October 8, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

What, except the name of team to which the term is usually applied, is the difference between "failing under pressure" and "choking"?

Posted by KingOwl on (October 8, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

Dust bowls are not the types of wickets that SL have recently been winning on. This was a major blunder. Sri Lankans hit sixes when there is pace in the wicket. We do not have muscle men who can hit slow balls out of the ground. WI do - plenty. That was the difference.

Posted by Rahul_78 on (October 8, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

It is always a big risk in trying to prepare a track that will help slow bowlers as it makes the toss very crucial. Mahela knew the moment he won the toss against Pakistan that half the battle was already won. But when it mattered the most in the final he lost it. The way Lankan bowlers bowled and especially how Ajantha bowled it would have been difficult for WI to chase anything in excess of 130. It is strange that the curator decided to use the same pitch for both mens and womens final. SL ended up playing between 60 to 80th over on it in such a pressure game against the likes of Narines and Badrees. Looking back I am sure Mahela would have liked to play the game on a fairer strip which would have given his team an equal chance batting second. But all said and done WI boys are deserving winners after winning the title against all odds.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

We can say that Sri Lanka is trapped into its own net. In semi Final they changed the pitch one day before the match and choose a substandard one. Luckily they won the toss and bat first. But in final they bat second. So, dusty track will not support you every time Sri Lanka.

Posted by sherishahmir on (October 8, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

Really heart braking for Srilankans fans to loose that final in front of their home crowd, despite they lost last four finals in aggregate which is amazing itself too and very painful to digest that after reaching so close to winning line,still they fail to cross. But that also speaks about the progress of Sri Lanka team how good they are in cricket, while comparing their progress in terms of cricket history with other cricket playing nations like England, India and Pakistan.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 6:16 GMT)

what really hurt me is after 4 finals two greats of modern cricket, mahela and sanga got nothing. they deserve more. weldone lions proud of you. tough luck

Posted by jacks123 on (October 8, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

Mahela did big mistake by giving all 4 overs even he gets fired by samuel, poor captancy

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

SL under estimated WI and SL were too much over confident. In 2010 WT20 Final England played as a united team to win, every one who watch the match could realise that they played with 100% determination to win. Yesterday we saw a same approach from West indies. Anyway, good game of cricket and Congrats West Indies. Samuels will be paid a big bid in the next IPL. His rate will go high.

Posted by Narbavi on (October 8, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

Well, didn't i tell u?? They were simply lucky enough to progress this far after losing by 30 runs in a 7over game against SA and avoiding IND and AUS in the super 8's, eventually it had to run out and it did in the finals!!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

138 was chasable mahela and sanga were tactically at fault... yes we lost dilly early but we mad the same mistake as the windies in going into a shell.... we should have counter attacked with one of mahela or sanga taking a risk or two to hit over the infield... even 50/2 would have been okay..we would have been ahead of the rate and then could have accumlated the runs..and got closer to the target and i am sure pressure would have told on the windies bowlers... that was no way the best bowling attack we should have won this easy....

Posted by Sidath346 on (October 8, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

What does Mahela mean by the fact that he doesn't see a trend in SL losing finals? It's so obvious there is a trend. Each time SL progresses to a final, they lose and they should accept it. They always fail under a finals pressure. Under Sanga and Mahela, SL will never win a WC. We need a revolutionary captain like Arjuna who will change the mindset of the players and make them believe they can win. We can only hope that that leader is Mathews since he's the only candidate.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 4:45 GMT)

Many thanks 2 Marlon & co for serving the so called ' lions ' An excellent dose of humble pie :P WINDIES 4EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

I was kinda doubtful that we would be able 2 beat Sri Lanka especially because our captain & management staff are so reluctant 2 try anything new or outside the box like moving around the batting order. After the 1st 5 or so i thought it was done & dusted but i am very happy that Marlon & co proved a point 2day & surprised & silenced all the over confident Sri Lankan fans :D

Posted by Surajdon9 on (October 8, 2012, 4:29 GMT)

Why lankans selector pick Eranga????

Posted by rajpan on (October 8, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Yes, SL had the advantage of playing at home with crowd support but actually this situation is more counter- productive than not. Home teams could not win in all the earlier three editions. SL only confirmed it. Congrats WI for a performance that literally stole the match from SL's pocket. Best luck SL for the next time.

Posted by Prats6 on (October 8, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

One really good thing about good teams & captains is that they accept the defeat and dont bury their head in sand, like our very own MSD. Mahela, Bailey & AB have said it very well that they failed under pressure instead of holding the elements responsible for their defeat.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 3:02 GMT)

Dear Malinga and Dilshan, thank you very much for your service to Sri lanka cricket.It's time. Please give a chance to our young players .We need to win in 2015.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

"So we're very disappointed that we couldn't give the fans what they wanted, and that hurts a lot." ...Mahela, you tried best and brought the team to finals.Also we are number 1 in T20 rankings.Yes its painful to see 4 finals is lost in 5 years,But we just watch the game.You guys practice it,play it, and live it..So it must be more heart breaking for u guys...so we are with you and you are out heroes...

Posted by Blueangle on (October 8, 2012, 1:57 GMT)

Mahela! you guys have out-smarted yourselves. Why on earth such a dustbowls were prepared for such important games(both time SL was involved). You got lucky first time(Semi-final), you won the toss and won the game, but you cant predict the flip of coin every time. You set up a trap and got trapped. A team of star players like Dilshan, sanga, Mahela, mathew, Kalu, Mandis and Malinga can beat any team at any ground on any day and i wonder why they put their fate on the flip of a coin? If any SL fan has any answer, please let us know......

Posted by pintu01 on (October 8, 2012, 1:25 GMT)

I think cricket has become pressure game lately. Any team who can handle pressure would win no matter what or whatever their current situation in the match is. Look at South African team, they have such an excellent team but never makes to final or semi-final. Australia was No. 1 team because they could handle pressure better than any other team. But Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa crumble under pressure. India is lot better in that respect, also I have seen New Zealand overcome crunchy situations on several occasions. Bravo to West Indies, they performed on that day and each one of them was electrifying on the field and it got them through. Ultimately cricket is the winner and I feel T20 format can make cricket popular in non-cricket nations. ICC has to do lot of strategic plan.

Posted by Divinetouch on (October 8, 2012, 1:00 GMT)

Andrew Fernando,

u conveniently left out the two chances Mahela had when was at bat.

Posted by cricketlover76 on (October 8, 2012, 0:57 GMT)

Felt really bad for Sri Lanka. 138 should have been an easy chase. I fear Kumar and mahela may never be part of a world cup winning unit. Congrats to WI. great work by Samuels and Narine.

Posted by   on (October 8, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

It was our game to lose after restricting the power hitting WI for a mere score in the allotted first 11 overs. Mahela made a big blunder by giving the full quota of 4 overs to Malinga who was leaking runs big time where Kulasekara and Dhananjaya still had each an over left... He is a brilliant captain but his weakness is trusting his Ace bowler even while he was thrashed without mercy. Let's Mathew lead the team and hopefully he can erase the sad endings soon and win a title for us in the near future.

Posted by InsideHedge on (October 8, 2012, 0:38 GMT)

You're darn right it hurts a lot......if you're a Sri Lankan fan.......Arrrrrggghhh!!!!

Posted by kamiCric on (October 8, 2012, 0:14 GMT)

Pressure was showing on Jayawardene even before the start of their batting, the score was very much gettable if only they had taken few deep breaths, but again, in T20 cricket there's no time to breathe......

Posted by Sageleaf on (October 7, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

But Thanks Mahela...you did the right thing by quitting the captaincy. Because as fans who were totally disappointed, do not want another failure in a World cup. You created under pressure by kept on bowling Malinga. Do you know how many Sri Lankans dislike him? Too many it is since the semi finals. You also contributed by bowling Kulasekera when plenty of spin was available. Why didn't Tissara Perera bowl? You also add more pressure while batting with Sanga. It was a very poor show. You guys were playing test cricket the first 10 overs. West Indies were a superior side and hats off to their skipper Sammy because so many used to question his ability to captain the side. Mahela, you couldn't win a cup but Sammy did. Congratulations to the West Indies cricket team

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