Mahela defends bowlers
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardena defended his bowlers after his
team crashed to a demoralizing six-wicket defeat to India in their six
nation Asia Cup limited overs tournament Super Four match played at the
National Stadium in Karachi on Thursday.
Jayawardena noted that it has been a nightmare for all the bowlers in
this tournament as India successfully chased their target of 308 runs to
win with six wickets and four overs to spare.
The Sri Lankan captain said that the players will now need to refocus
themselves on the game and comeback fresh into the final which will be
worked off on Sunday at this same venue. Jayawardena said that their
total of 308 for 8 was a good one and could have defended but still he
felt they were 20 to 30 runs short at the end. He noted that his
dismissal in the 27th over of the innings was a crucial one.
Jayawardena said that had Chamara Kapugedera or Chamara Silva scored
a big hundred then the situation would have been somewhat different and
India would have been chasing a much bigger total. But unfortunately
they lost wickets whenever they were making an attempt to accelerate the
The Sri Lankan captain believed that batting first was always an
added advantage because by putting runs on the board they will be able
to put a lot of pressure on the opposition. However he was disappointed
that his bowlers could not pick up early wickets and the Indian openers
Virender Sehwag and Gautham Gambhir simply ran away with the game.