Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st Test, Galle, 4th day June 25, 2012

Stuck to our task in tough conditions - Mahela Jayawardene


Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka captain, has praised his bowlers for dismissing Pakistan in tough conditions in Galle, and said he did not enforce the follow-on despite a 372-run lead because he wanted to give them a break.

"You always think that you can take those remaining wickets and finish it off. But they [Pakistan] batted really well," Jayawardene said after Sri Lanka's 209-run win. "We had to be patient until we got those opportunities. It was a great effort from the bowlers. Tough conditions but we stuck to our task and executed the plans we set up when the Test match started."

Sri Lanka chose to bat again after Pakistan were dismissed for 100 on the third day and Jayawardene said that was because the pitch was still good for batting. "Our guys had already bowled 60 overs in the first innings. If I had inserted the follow-on, they would have had to bowl another three or four sessions. Whether I would get the same effort was questionable.

"Guys like [Nuwan] Kulasekara, who had played five-six ODIs straight, had to be given a break," Jayawardene said. "We had only played two and half days on that wicket, so it was better for our batsmen to bat again on a wicket easier to bat on, and thereby bat Pakistan out of the game.

"The bowlers obliged yesterday evening by picking up three wickets. We knew it was going to be a tough day and we had to think of a lot of things. The easiest thing to do was insert the follow-on but we had to think of a lot of things and all those things came into the equation."

Jayawardene said there were several positives that Sri Lanka could take out of the game for the next Test. "The batting looked much better. We had a good start. [Tillakaratne] Dilshan went onto get a hundred. When he gets hundreds he puts us in good positions because he scores quickly," he said. "Kumar [Sangakkara] got us a big hundred. [Tharanga] Paranavitana got a start and got out, and that's another plus. We were struggling to get those starts going.

"I thought Suraj [Randiv] bowled much better in this game than he did against England and he has got lot of confidence. Kulasekara [was] coming back into the side, [he] showed what a quality bowler he is."

Looking ahead to the next two Tests, Jayawardene said, "We have to be positive. We have two matches to go. We need to put this match behind and keep improving. We need to focus on that and try and be a lot more consistent with bowling, batting and fielding."

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  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    The lions have showed their true nature. There is a lot of potential that they will win the rest of the matches and after that, The series with India. Good Job team!

  • Mohamed on June 27, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    well done!!!!(steve davies&ian gould) they proved dat they can be a gr8 umpires in the cricket history!best of luck both of them:d

  • Muhammad on June 27, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    No doubt SL played really well, but if umpiring were better the match would not have been one sided through out!

  • jhg on June 27, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    if Pak doesnt make major changes they will be soon below Kenya in world cricket, they have to be bold and bring in young will do wonders for them, look at the pak team of 80's and 90's they used to throw lots of youngsters in the team and they were successful.....

  • Wicky on June 27, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    @Deepak jagadish,vry wishful bt far from being realistic though,a team that has the bst win ratio in tests ovr 16 months or so z a minnow? A team that has lost a test aftr a long long time z a minow?a team that has best bowlng unit 4 last 15 tests(check out stats,(2nd bst safas r way behind),ok if pak z minnow than ind z 3rd ratd club team,lolz

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    I think due to the politics inside in Pakistan Cricket Team is one of the major reason to lost the Match and the 2nd reason is that, Hafiz is not even capable to make a place in Test Side and he is the captain

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2012, 3:49 GMT

    maela jayabardane and his team played really good......especialy bowlers showed good.....nuwan and perera are the heart bowlers of the sri lanka.......i think srilanka need to on spinner in odi such as hearth.......

  • Nimmie on June 27, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    The healthy continuity of the Game in the Country should be given high priority, the seniors' interests has no value for a genuine Cricket fan though we respect them for the services they have rendered in achieving many great feats in the past I don't feel that they could maintain any form of consistency particularly away from Home, in the future with their aging inflexible bodies and there is noway they could carry till Dec 2015 at all. It is a heinous crime to keep players like Kausal, C'mal, Rosen, Angelo P, Bhanuka, Ashen, Chathuranga, T'manne, Dimuth, Sachthra, Umesh,… too long out in the dark. Even for spinners they should employ the best proven players without always trying & employing henchmen.We badly needs some intelligent selectors as they have in England. By the way if players like Alistaire, Trott, and Bell were SLans they will get the same treatment that Atapatu&Samaraweera have been subjected to. The authorities of last 2 decades have more confidence in reckless batters.

  • Dummy4 on June 27, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    Pakistan will win series very easy INSHALLAH ! I TELL U becuz in 1st test the playing 11 wasn't right And The Planning wasn't right And EVEN MISBAH WASN"T THE CAPTAIN.. AND THEN THE UMPIRING !!!!!

  • Prashan on June 27, 2012, 0:57 GMT

    Yes Mahela but dont under estimate Pakistan. They are great and that was why they crushed England 3-0 in tests in UAE this year. They can thrash us possibly in the 2nd test so dont under estimate them. Hope SSC and Pallekelle will be fast bowling pitches as that will give us preparation for the Australia tour later this year.

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