Defeat to WI a wake-up call: Jayawardene

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:54 IST

Stand-in Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene termed the shock loss to a second string West Indian side as a "wake-up call"

Colombo: Stand-in Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene termed the shock loss to a second string West Indian side as a "wake-up call" ahead of the all-important final of the Indian Oil Cup cricket tri-series. Jaywardene blamed the regular loss of wickets for the team's 33-run defeat while chasing a competitive target of 227 against the West Indies in their final league encounter at the Premadasa Stadium. "The defeat was a good wake-up call. The target of 225 was gettable but we lost too many wickets and were not in a good position to go for the win," Jayawardene said. The middle-order batsman leading the side in the absence of the resting Marvan Atapattu, also attributed the unimpressive batting display on the Premadasa pitch. "It (the pitch) does get slow which makes chasing difficult at this venue," Jayawardene said. (PTI)
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