Didn't execute game plan well - Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, has said he was "disappointed" with his team's performance in the one-off Twenty20 game against India, that Sri Lanka lost by 39 runs. Sri Lanka's bowlers managed to restrict India's batsmen in the death overs to keep the target to a gettable 156, but their batsmen failed to capitalise.
"It was very disappointing, the way we lost today," Jayawardene said. "At the halfway mark, we had a chat. The plan was to consolidate in the middle overs and keep wickets in hand till the 15th or 16th overs. From there on, eight an over was not going to be tough on a good surface on which the ball came on to the bat nicely, so we could have accelerated had we had wickets in hand. But we didn't execute our game plan well at all."
This loss capped off a poor limited-overs series against India: Sri Lanka lost the ODI series that preceded the Twenty20 game 1-4. However, Jayawardene said the scoreline did not reflect how the team had performed in the one-dayers. "I don't think we were outplayed in the ODI series, I thought we played some good cricket," he said. "We had our opportunities but unfortunately, we didn't take them. Today, yes, we didn't play to our potential and were well beaten, but while the scoreline will show 4-1 in the ODI series, I think the series was a lot closer than that."
Sri Lanka's next assignment is the Sri Lanka Premier League that starts later this week. India play New Zealand before they return to Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20 in September and Jayawardene said there were no clear favourites for the tournament. "In Twenty20 cricket, anything can happen," Jayawardene said. "It all depends on how you perform on the day. In the past, we have seen Ireland and Zimbabwe beat big teams in the World Cup. As far as I am concerned, all 12 teams are in a good position to win the tournament. It all depends on how well you start the tournament, and how well you can maintain the momentum."
The World Twenty20 begins on September 18, with Sri Lanka taking on Zimbabwe in Hambantota.