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

Stuck to our task in tough conditions - Mahela Jayawardene

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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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  • 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!

  • since_1989 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

  • Farrukh.91. 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!

  • ICCexpert.... 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 talent.....it 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.....

  • WickyRoy.paklover 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

  • 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

  • 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.......

  • Prem2248 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.

  • 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 !!!!!

  • Sinhaya 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.

  • 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!

  • since_1989 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

  • Farrukh.91. 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!

  • ICCexpert.... 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 talent.....it 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.....

  • WickyRoy.paklover 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

  • 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

  • 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.......

  • Prem2248 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.

  • 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 !!!!!

  • Sinhaya 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.

  • FanOfLions on June 26, 2012, 21:59 GMT

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  • drdani on June 26, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    well done SL !! its always hard to come back when ur already 1 down. coming to mahelas comment-he dint enforce the follow-on coz he wanted to give his bowlers a break ?? comon..are they professional bowlers or some street-cricketers !! mahela said that he dint enforce the follow-on coz the pitch was still good for batting ?? n on that 'good' batting wicket they still managed 137-5, with the man-in-form out for 1 !! i dont want to snatch the credit away from SL coz of bad umpiring-it happens, n any team can b on the receiving end..but comment given by mahela r a bit childish !! coming to the next 2 matches-i think SL will still b on top coz of their batting,especially sanga,although i think dilshan has played his inning for this series..pak bowlers r hurt so they will come back strongly..if v get the results of the remaining 2 matches,i expect the series 2-0 in SL favor...but if pak batting or bowling helped them, then the result could b 2-1 in pak favor...best of luck to all !!!

  • on June 26, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Guys i think the days are nearer where we can see Pakisthan becomming minnos of the cricket they will stand write at the bottom below Kenya.. Because Pakisthan team has no potential.Domestic and county players bat and field well than Pakisthan.. Better Pakisthan team play club cricket they are not suitable for international stage.

    Whenever i see pakisthan match its a one sided game wich goes against pakisthan

  • dariuscorny on June 26, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    my SL friends i was quite impressed with Nuwan Pradeep.if the selectors thinking to drop him.it wud be a shame as ,the guy is promising.you shud persist with him.he can bring the X factor to the SL attck which was missing after Malinga's retirement

  • Raj2000 on June 26, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Sorry, Mahela, your reasoning to bat again because the pitch was still good to bat at isn't valid since you guys didn't do so great in the second innings. (5 wkts for 137 in 41 overs!!! Atrocious!) Had you made Pakistan follow on, you'd have won 3 hours sooner by an innings. SL traditionally takes a conservative approach to the game (play it safe mode) but it's time they break out of that mold and take bold steps forward IF they want to capture 1st place. An argument could be made that your decision showed a lack of self confidence as well as confidence in the ability of the team to bat last, not to mention the fear of losing.

  • Fahii on June 26, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    When 2 strongs team are playing, only 1 single wrong decision could change the entire match,to this advance technology world who can imagine this much poor umpiring decisions, if they cant purchanse technology then enhance 3rd umpire rights & minimise on field umpire's rights. caught behind 3rd umpire LBW 3rd umpire no ball both foot & height, wide ball filed umpire

  • getsetgopk on June 26, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    "Tough Conditions"? I mean you are not being serious here are you. These were the easiest conditions that the Srilankans will ever find in any cricket match anywhere. One dozen wrong decisions went against Pakistan, hear it again ONE DOZEN no less than that and call it Tough Conditions is a non sense. Pakistan played the way they always play, low scoring games mostly thats what happened in the England series in UAE as well and against SL too in UAE. This was a DVAIS VS GOULD Test Match seems a draw between these two umpires LOL

  • on June 26, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    I really thanks to umpires for made those mistakes. otherwise these pakistan fans probably unanswerable. bcz of umpires at least they have courage to type a comment here.

  • joseyesu on June 26, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Before match, i had a concern that this SL-bowling can no way damage a PAK team, but PAK proved that i am wrong..Anyway lot of youngsters and thereby excuses are already designed

  • ste13 on June 26, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    No doubt about umpring, but Pakistan was well below standards they showed in Eng series.

  • on June 26, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Congrats Mahela for victory, and im confident that SL will win the series easily as they won the first test...

  • randikaayya on June 26, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Philip: Nuwan Pradeep does not create a hype with ability, rather it is what he can become that was the talk in the circuits. He was discovered raw having a great action and speed but having never played hardball cricket. Thus he has a long way to go and we can hope the experience will improve him and he will learn more about himself and the game as he progresses quickly. Good luck to him

  • wc1992 on June 26, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    well no desrespect but if the Umpire was even 70/30 in SL favour Pak would still won it .... look at SL second Innings no pressure and wickets were still tumbling ...i think by the next match the ICC meeting would have finished and umpire don't need to use Pak to press for DRS .... you will see the difference MARK MY WORDS

  • on June 26, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Had SL asked the Paks to follow on and the Match ended on the third day the status of Galle International Stadium as a Test venue would have ended there.

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on June 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Srilanka has done well in both sides.Randiv and Herath was outstanding.Thanks Sangakkara for his excellent performance.ICC should think about DRS.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 25, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Beware SL, PAK shows significant improvement in the second innings. If SL do not play very well, PAK can come back and win the series or draw like ENG did lthis year.

  • on June 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    you forget to thanks Umpires mahela :)

  • bddhika_harindat on June 25, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    That's the way to go Mahela, keep it up. Forget about the victory behind and try to be consistent in winning streak as it's ht emost important thing to succeed in the long run. Good luck for all the guys in the team for a great win.

  • Sulaimaan91 on June 25, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    "Paranavitana got a start and got out, and that's another plus"..in any other case this would sound dumb but in Para's case this is true. SL won and yes there were some great performances by Dili,Sanga,Kule esp. but the umpiring errors have taken the joy of a usual win out of this one, more-so because it affected Pak more than us. If this isnt enough for DRS to be made mandatory I dont think it ever will and would surely decrease the already poor interest in Test cricket.

  • Philip_Gnana on June 25, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Great effort by the team, admirable marshaled by an astute captain. Well done Mahela and the team. The advantage in batting again was to ensure the game went in to the fourth day thus bringing in more money in to SL Cricket's coffers. Of course as Mahela said there is the cricketing reasons...... Disappointed by Nuwan Pradeep. I had expected more from him with all the hype around his ability. Do they need to stick with him? I dont think so. It would be better to bring in Prasad or even Dilhara to match the pace. It is imperative that the top order deliver the goods consistently. Batting was our forte until Murali came in to the scene. We need to have the runs on the board time and again to ensure that the bowlers have the runs to bowl at. Good win. Much needed success for us all. Philip Gnana, Surrey

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  • Philip_Gnana on June 25, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Great effort by the team, admirable marshaled by an astute captain. Well done Mahela and the team. The advantage in batting again was to ensure the game went in to the fourth day thus bringing in more money in to SL Cricket's coffers. Of course as Mahela said there is the cricketing reasons...... Disappointed by Nuwan Pradeep. I had expected more from him with all the hype around his ability. Do they need to stick with him? I dont think so. It would be better to bring in Prasad or even Dilhara to match the pace. It is imperative that the top order deliver the goods consistently. Batting was our forte until Murali came in to the scene. We need to have the runs on the board time and again to ensure that the bowlers have the runs to bowl at. Good win. Much needed success for us all. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • Sulaimaan91 on June 25, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    "Paranavitana got a start and got out, and that's another plus"..in any other case this would sound dumb but in Para's case this is true. SL won and yes there were some great performances by Dili,Sanga,Kule esp. but the umpiring errors have taken the joy of a usual win out of this one, more-so because it affected Pak more than us. If this isnt enough for DRS to be made mandatory I dont think it ever will and would surely decrease the already poor interest in Test cricket.

  • bddhika_harindat on June 25, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    That's the way to go Mahela, keep it up. Forget about the victory behind and try to be consistent in winning streak as it's ht emost important thing to succeed in the long run. Good luck for all the guys in the team for a great win.

  • on June 25, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    you forget to thanks Umpires mahela :)

  • LALITHKURUWITA on June 25, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    Beware SL, PAK shows significant improvement in the second innings. If SL do not play very well, PAK can come back and win the series or draw like ENG did lthis year.

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on June 25, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Srilanka has done well in both sides.Randiv and Herath was outstanding.Thanks Sangakkara for his excellent performance.ICC should think about DRS.

  • on June 26, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    Had SL asked the Paks to follow on and the Match ended on the third day the status of Galle International Stadium as a Test venue would have ended there.

  • wc1992 on June 26, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    well no desrespect but if the Umpire was even 70/30 in SL favour Pak would still won it .... look at SL second Innings no pressure and wickets were still tumbling ...i think by the next match the ICC meeting would have finished and umpire don't need to use Pak to press for DRS .... you will see the difference MARK MY WORDS

  • randikaayya on June 26, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    Philip: Nuwan Pradeep does not create a hype with ability, rather it is what he can become that was the talk in the circuits. He was discovered raw having a great action and speed but having never played hardball cricket. Thus he has a long way to go and we can hope the experience will improve him and he will learn more about himself and the game as he progresses quickly. Good luck to him

  • on June 26, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    Congrats Mahela for victory, and im confident that SL will win the series easily as they won the first test...