“We got enough runs on the board -- 274 was a good score. Malinga took two vital wickets but after that we couldn't crack their side especially in the middle part. The spinners didn't take enough wickets, that was the main reason," Muralitharan said. The team got a warm reception after it landed in Colombo.
“If I or Suraj took a few wickets then the story would have been different. These things happen in cricket so you have to move on and I’d like to wish the team well for the future. Hopefully, in 2015 they’ll bring home the Cup.”
Warm welcome The beaten Sri Lankan squad received a warm welcome on their return to Colombo on Sunday despite losing to neighbours India in the World Cup final the previous day.
Blessings were showered on Kumar Sangakkara’s men in a religious ceremony after a red carpet welcome at Bandaranaike airport. The cricketers, cheered by fans on the roadside, left in a motorcade for the city's Independence Square where they were welcomed with traditional dance and flag-waving supporters.
Captain Sangakkara said he was proud of his team but was disappointed for losing in two consecutive World Cup finals.