Sri Lanka v West Indies, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day November 19, 2010

Sangakkara not surprised by West Indies' performance


Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, has said he was not surprised by the way in which West Indies dominated the drawn first Test in Galle but added the difference in bowling between the teams was an "eye-opener". West Indies, led by Chris Gayle's 333, piled up 580 before their bowlers struck to help enforce a follow-on on the hosts. Sri Lanka managed to save the Test but West Indies were also held back by the weather on the last three days.

"We were pretty wary about what they could do. The only thing was our attitude probably in the first two sessions which was a bit wanting," Sangakkara said of his team's bowling on the opening day. "The first six overs were probably okay although we didn't make the batsmen play too much. But after that I thought the lines and the lengths we bowled on this track were not good enough for us to put any pressure on them either to get wickets or to cut down on the runs. Chris (Gayle) took a lot of advantage from that and he batted magnificently."

"We've got understand that it is a good eye opener for us. It's an example to us the way West Indies were disciplined in their bowling. I thought the attitude of the West Indian bowlers the way they went about their job was very impressive."

Sangakkara admitted Sri Lanka could have put in a better performance with the bat in the first innings where no batsman reached a century even though four managed to get past fifty. "If one batsman can get a hundred, usually a side ends up making 400. Those are the par scores for Test cricket on these tracks and unfortunately we fell about 100 runs short on our first innings at least," he said.

"With the bowling attack we had unfortunately we didn't have the conditions in our favour apart from the first six overs where there was a little bit of swing. The first two days were the best days for batting and West Indies took maximum advantage of that."

The star for Sri Lanka on the final day was opener Tharanga Paranavitana, who made 95 in nearly three hours, and steered Sri Lanka to safety. "It was a fantastic effort from him," Sangakkara said. "He quickly adjusted from the first innings and he showed us what a real old -style opener he is in Test cricket to grind away at the opposition and score runs."

The second Test gets underway on November 23 in Colombo.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Philip on November 22, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Come on Sri Lanka. Show the rest of the world and the critics what you are made of. The batters that we have are recognised by the whole world (may be an odd one out nearer home). You have shown what you can do in OZ, England in recent years. Never be complacent keep your chin up and play the game. Let the bat and ball do the talking that will shut the mouths of critics who have condescension on their minds. Listen to the positive criticisms. Be poistive guys we are here to back you. Come on the Lions. "CONDESCENDING CRITICS" BE AWARE YOU MAY HAVE TO EAT YOUR OWN WORDS. Philip Gnana, Surrey

  • John on November 22, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Is srilanka doesn't have any other new fast bowlers except this popular faces, who had been given chances lots to proof a good bowler. Dilhara,Welagedara,Suranga Lakmal,& thushara how many time they got chances Are they proof that they can be a good fast bowler? Why srilankan cricket broad can't give chances to younger's rather than these same faces who are losing matches, Please remove these fellows from the list don't try again, if u try them again u will be frustrated that's 100% sure. There is a word from my ancient said " hadena gaya depeththen dene " that mean anyone can feel that someone can be good bowler in future in first match , from the way he is bowling. No need to try and try again.

    Don't try Lakmal or Dilhara , Remember they are wicketless expensive bowlers.

  • Al on November 21, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    SL's selectors were a tad cocky, compliant, and condescending. WI may not be a strong side now but to feed them with two moderate seamers like Prasad and Thushara was asking for trouble. Doesn't Sangakarra have any say in the selection? Regardless of the many comments, Gayle was the only star in this match. It was his match all the way....

  • Dummy4 on November 21, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    What a wonderful effort by the windies...Gayle was amazing,he reminded of the belting Sanath gave to the Indian bowlers when he scored his 340....this is what we want...push the Lankans to the limit...we do not need a simple tourney before the WC...common is the time to re look at the strategies....get 5 bowlers in....go for the kill....Some genuine pace needed(Nuwan,Suranga,Dilhara)...Sri Lanka has 6 good batsmen to score 400 odd.We need 5 bowlers to keep the opposition to 300.This is gonna be a cracker of a series I guess...

  • Shehan on November 21, 2010, 4:11 GMT

    @cricketkkrazy: Flat track heroes?? Check Sanga's stats overseas. Last time we played in England Mahela scored a century in the test match and batted well and lead the team to a 5-0 win. Did you see how Dilshan batted in t20 wc in ENG? Did you see our performance in OZ? Must be not because you only watch Indian cricket. The only flat track heroes are in India (Raina, Vijay, Pujara etc) We all saw how they batted in WI, ENG (T20 wcs) and even in Zimbabwe. Cant play the bouncer. Can't hook, pull but kings in IPL matches in India. With our 3rd string bowling line up (No Murali, Kulasekara, Malinga, Fernando)we were able to get 9 wickets before WI declared. How many wickets did India get with their best bowling line up?? That also against an inexperienced NZ line up. Sorry but that's the harsh reality.

  • burger on November 20, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    srilankan cricket has a poor test record overseas but nowadays they are unable to win in their own backyard.They couldnt beat a weak westindies team which has plenty of inexperienced playes than how can sanga expect to reach no1.They were depended on great murli to take 20 wickets,now murli is gone and their bowling weaknessess are being exposed.Even their batsmen are flat pitch heros who's weakness come out when they tour other countries.That's why they couldnt win a test(forget a series) in aus,sa,even in india(although indian conditions are similar to sl)

  • Philip on November 20, 2010, 19:57 GMT

    How well the Windies peformed. Well done Chris Gayle and the team. SL were overconfident it showed. This same over confidence was also show prior to the Indian series at home. How could you lose the toss and stil go in with four bowlers? Thushara has just come back in to the team. The selectors needed to stick with him to give him a run of games. Was is right to play Prasanna? Although he performed well the call should have been for a batting wicket keeper like Silva to step in or evetn the skipper to keep. The situationd did call for action.Why Samaraweera does not bowl these days? having a few to share the bowling would have been good. Umpiring and the UDRS system. The review umpires need training. The whole purpose is get a fair result. Assad Rauf track record does not hold well. In my opinion the third umpire should be driving the call for the review. The no ball decision, should have been picked up by Rauf and not by Nash. Philip Gnana Surrey

  • John on November 20, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    Srilankan bowling line is very lousy except Malinga, these Dhammika,Thushara,Dilhara,Welagedara are not Constancy bowlers they are only domestics heroes, we need a Kulasekara like bowler who have deviations at least with new ball, and then rest spinner can do. But who will assit to kulasekara? If Malinga is there perfect, or try a new guy who bowl like Malinaga , he is Nuwan Fernando,

  • Ricardo on November 20, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    jupiterlaw - look at the game. with sammy as capt, the side lacks balance??? Do you accept that after the morning session, Roach was tired and needed support ???? Do you not feel that by playing Sammy & Bravo the balance is disrupted ??? The WICB wanted to have a Capt that wouldn't be problematic - so they put politics over the picking the best XI......and I tell you this WILL ALWAYS BE A PROBLEM, unless Sammy improves to the point where he can replace Bravo in his own right or he looses the captaincy and is replaced by another player who is worth his place in the team......face fact jupiterlaw- can you really dispute what I have just said ???

  • Supeshala on November 20, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    Cricket is not an individual game. The only highlight of this match is Chris gale 333 runs. Other than that WI did not show any impressive performance. Sri Lanka team is a very well balanced team and has got proper guns to fire. They will show their real talent soon.

  • No featured comments at the moment.