Sri Lanka v India, only T20, Pallekele

Didn't execute game plan well - Jayawardene

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August 7, 2012

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Tillakaratne Dilshan was out first ball, Sri Lanka v India, Only T20I, Pallekele, August 7, 2012
Mahela Jayawardene: "We didn't play to our potential" © AFP
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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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Posted by vitspak 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

Posted by CoolTehan 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 :(

Posted by cricfreak2012 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.

Posted by cricfreak2012 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.

Posted by cricfreak2012 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.

Posted by Philippe 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..

Posted by Test-is-the-best 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.

Posted by Sinhaya 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.

Posted by Sinhaya 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.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

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

Posted by MunafAhmed811 on (August 8, 2012, 19:06 GMT)

You werent outplayed in ODI series.??????? The only ODI win you got was due to rare batting collapse by India in second ODI. Mahela sounds as blind as arrogant SL fans who predicted a whitewash of India before series. They just try to ignore the fact that since 2002 they are loosing series after series to India be it in India or SL. Only time they were equal or slightly better than India was in 1996 to 2003 era and even during that phase India kicked them out of 1999 WC and 2003 WC. A fact that SL fans blindly ignore is India beat them easily despite pre series blind optimistic hype every time a series begin. Just look at series stats over last 10 years without the rose tinted glasses and facts will come to light. SL fans like to remind that they kicked India out of 1996 ,2007 World cups, but in return forget 1999, 2003 and 2011 Worldcup where they were kicked out by India in league , QF knockouts and final respectively.

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (August 8, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

Being an Indian, one can;t ignore the fact that Srilankan team was playing cricket continuously for last six months without any break..most of them are really tired.. In regard to Indian team they played well, but I am still apprehensive about my test team. India seriously need a good bowlers esp in the Test arena. I don;t find Dinda will ever create a panic in the opposition department with his bowling. U Yadav is good but most of the times he bowls fast without any line and length. Ashwin is good but he needs time to settle down in the test section. After Dravid's retirement its interesting to see how Indian test team develops. C Pujara should be included in the test team. Test Team against NZ should be like:

1) V Sehwag 2) G Gambhir 3) V Kohli 4) S R Tendulkar 5) C Pujara 6) M S Dhoni 7) R Ashwin 8) Z Khan 9) P Ojha 10) Rahul Sharma 11) I Sharma

Posted by Divinetouch on (August 8, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Probaly, you were not allowed to execute your game plan by the better team.

Posted by tallgrass on (August 8, 2012, 14:48 GMT)

Do we have a plan for anything in this country? What is the basis of team / squad selection? I don't get it. In the last two T20s Kaushal Lokuarrachchi was included. He did a decent job. Why leave him out on this tour? Kapugedara and Udana were flown here while playing A team cricket in Africa. And both failed there (even against Zimbabwe A). If at all it should have been Dimuth Karunaratne who should have been on that flight. And Eranga, so much promise from day 1, warms the bench while udana, maharoof and dilhara get the nod. Our batting against spin is atrocious...and all this talk about post-murali seam friendly pitches? Nonsense. Dambulla, the most bowler conducive wicket is ignored and we host teams in flat pitches at Hambantota and Colombo. So now the little spinners we have get no backing...cant bat against spin either...but play cricket in flat wickets and go around pretending they are 'bouncy.'

Posted by playitstraight on (August 8, 2012, 14:35 GMT)

Mahela, please. Just accept defeat and admit that the better team won in the end. Our Indians were too good for you Sri Lankans, even in your own backyard. Even Dilshan gave these type of comments after losing numerous matches, they just don't know how to praise the other team. Sri Lankans should learn from Dhoni.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

Im fed up with these post match comments.Enough guys!! Please show some responsibility! Please perform..

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 8, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Mahela, please get good rest from September 1st to 10th and be fresh cos I know your legs and other Lankan players' legs are rusty after non stop cricket since World Cup 2011!

Posted by joseyesu on (August 8, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

To me SL is totally outplayed considering the depth of batting. Opportunity was there not because of SL good bowling, but because of some careless batting by indians.

Posted by 9ST9 on (August 8, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

when you kick away winnable positions - no wonder you lose. Even yesterday we saw that - how many times have SL kicked away great opportunities? even the 3rd CB Series final against Australia SL were in front until they gave it away. You can afford to be complacent and still win against some sides , but not all.

Posted by priceless1 on (August 8, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

The way you guys played we didn't see you had any game plans

Posted by DrSunilSharma on (August 8, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Mahela is right ...this 4-1 loss to India is not the real picture of the game. It was due to Kohli, Gambhir and Pathan being in the puple patch. Without them team India is no where...

Sri Lankan Team has struggled due to injury to Master batsman Sangakara as he is the backbone together with Mahala. Honestly Sanga is like 2 cricketer to Sri Lanka, not only he is top world class but his outstanding wicketkeeping win games for Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Middle order is still very week except Angelo Matthew. Further , Sri Lanka has not got good spinner after Murli and no fast bowler after the retirement of Vaas. Sri Lanka team has not clicked they need Sanga back ASAP.

Posted by   on (August 8, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

India played well, so the lankans were outplayed...

Posted by veerakannadiga on (August 8, 2012, 8:43 GMT)

"I don't think we were outplayed in the ODI series, I thought we played some good cricket," ., what nonsense talk. You were not outplayed,yet you lost 4- 1.If someone does not play better than you (out play you), how will you lose? Crap. Come on.. Mahela, this is not the real you, you had better sense.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (August 8, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

even a below par score like 156 is good enough to beat SL at home! what a shame!

Posted by MilindaSB on (August 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

im fed up with these post match comments.

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