Sri Lanka v India, only T20, Pallekele August 7, 2012

Didn't execute game plan well - Jayawardene

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

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  • Vittal on August 11, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    SL cricket team is no match to the Indian team and never Will be. . dont know what they would do when Mahela and Sanga retires . . In their last 10 meetings SL has luckily managed to win only 2 matches

  • Shaun on August 9, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Chamara Kapugedara is in the ODI and the T20 Squad. I just cant see any rationale of his selection to either squads. At least for the past one year he hasent scored any first class century in either formats in the domestic level. He did score two 1st ball ducks in the A team tour which earned him a place in the ODI Squad of SL for the Indian tour. It is pathetic to see this kind of selection by the Sri Lankan cricket selection panel. As independent Sri Lankan supporters we are dishearten by this. There is no rationale or clear transparency in any procedure. Thus we could see the team under performing. A bench player if he is not up to the mark and doesnt posses enough skill to be included in the final 11 then it creates extra pressure on selection if a need arises to do so. This is a utter joke. These types of jokes should be stoped and should not betray the genuine supporters of sri lanka. If this happens for sure Cricket will darin out in future and destroy the only sport we exel :(

  • Rajaram on August 9, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    I would rather summarize as, SL is a very competent team (no need to mention that actually, as they reached the WC'11 Final), but were not competitive enough this time around.

  • Rajaram on August 9, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    and I dont remember, in current scenario, any country selecting a WK only for Wicket Keeping Skills..Every Country considers a WK as an allrounder. So the logic of Sanga being 2 cricketers in one, is not something out of the blue...may be you can say all countries are playing with 12 cricketers from now on...add to that count, the number of batting and bowling allrounders also.

  • Rajaram on August 9, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @DrSunilSharma..Don't really understand your logic..India won because of only 3 players and the rest were non-performing assets? At the sametime SL lost Sanga and they lost the series? adding Mahela, only 2 performers in SL, so an even ground we have 3-2, which makes India still a stronger team...or is my logic flawed? besides, in this series, how many matches Sanga contributed to a SL win? Enough of this, no Murali and no Vaas, we have to manage with players we have and thats what MSD has precisely done. For everyone there was a first match and nobody played their 50th/100th match directly. May be the grooming of youngsters by the senior players, did not have an effect. From next time India starts losing in tests, I am going to say we dont have Sunny, Dada, Dravid, Venkat, Bedi, Chandra, Prasanna, Kumble and Srinath. Ditto replacing some other players' names for ODIs.

  • PV on August 9, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    you did not play well.. over dependence on sangakara has cost us matches & would do more harm in future.. dilshan has forgot to play.. Mahela himself has not performed well in long time.. mathews doesn't look good for long prospect now.. SL team is heading no where..

  • Supun on August 9, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    Even this Talktive captain cannot handle the pressure.. No vision to buildup a team for future at all. every time favors for their puppets. We should than Arjuna for grooming great players like Jayasuriya,Murali and Vaas who made SL proud for 15-20 years.

    But what these SL captain & Co do for SL?????.. Useless execuses after every tournamenet. But nothing will be learned. Its obvious the batting depatemnt of the teams made the difference in this tournamenet. Indians bat positively even if wickets are being fallen. Never let to become the target unreachable.

    SL should follow what India did after 2007 Worldcup. Its time to say good bye for players below the par.

  • Prashan on August 9, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    @ovzdatta151, you are right. Seems India too will have non stop cricket following this home series against NZ from what I see. Soon after hosting NZ, T20 world cup, then champions league T20, hosting England, then Pakistan for 3 ODIs and 2 T20s, then Australia, then IPL, afterwards possibly Pakistan for a full tour. Seems India got a rare 6 week break after a while. Lankans badly need one indeed and our cricket board organized this SLPL which will be an utter flop.

  • Prashan on August 9, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    @Ajay Saini, surely bro non stop cricket leads to malaise, weariness and fatigue. Recall how England won the Ashes 3-1 but lost the ODIs after that 1-6 cos they were too tired after a gruelling series. Just like India when they toured England, they were too worn out after world cup, IPL, West Indies tour and then England. Players must get a 10 day break after each home or away series to freshen up. Lankans look totally disinterested as seen in this series as they need a 10 day break asap. I am dead against this SLPL as this will only make Lankans further fatigued.

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    Sinhaya: How are they rusty after playing non stop cricket?

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