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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Cricket

Inconsistency cost Sri Lanka series against India
PTI
Colombo, August 08, 2012
First Published: 20:21 IST(8/8/2012)
Last Updated: 20:23 IST(8/8/2012)
Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene reacts as he walks off the field after his dismissal during the Twenty20 match against India in Pallekele. Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Having lost both the five-match ODI series 4-1 and one-off Twenty20 International, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said inconsistency was the main reason behind his team's dismal performance against India.

Following a dominating 4-1 triumph in the One-dayers, India to beat Sri Lanka by 39 runs last night in the one-off T20 International also at Pallekele.

"We lost our grip in the game just when it seemed we were under control," Jayawardene told reporters after losing the match.

He also added that expectations were high from the Lankans to perform better against the world champions India after their success at home against Pakistan.

On yesterday's T20 game, Jayawardene said Lankans came back into the match in the last six overs, chasing over 150 to win.

"It was important for us to keep wickets intact. We failed to do that and the pressure was building. Even after playing an extra batsman we failed to preserve our wickets. We did not have batsmen to take us to victory because we lost too many wickets."

Injuries in the team had a telling effect on the outcome, while inexperience in handling the situation by some of the replacement players had also contributed to the hosts' defeat.

Sri Lanka lost Kumar Sangakkara through injury from the fourth game onwards, while bowling resources were depleted by injuries to several frontline bowlers.

Jayawardene hoped that the inexperienced members of the team would learn from the mistakes and look to the future.

He also said that the current Indian team has been together as a unit over the last four years and that may be the reason why it performed well.


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