Mahela admits his batsmen were casual

Updated: 28 August 2008 06:46 IST

The Lanka captain said his team made too many batting mistakes which cost them the Sunday ODI against India.


Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was not happy with the "casual" approach of his under-fire batsmen and said his side did not deserve to win the third one-dayer against India here.

"I thought we were a bit casual in the game, we gave away a couple of soft wickets. I don't think we deserved to win the game because we made too many mistakes in the game especially with the bat," he said after their 33-run loss to trail the five match series 1-2.

"The bowlers bowled really well upfront, picked up wickets and 225-235 is a good score to chase down. But we lost four wickets in 15 overs. From there it was a pretty uphill task, we came close but not good enough," added a dejected Jayawardene.

Jayawardene, however, is not losing hope in his batsmen and said they would not want to lose a series at home.

"Every cricketer goes through a bit of hiccups in one or two games. But these are quality players, I am sure they will get back into form. Just need to find out how we can handle these situations bit better.

"It is a tough position (after trailing 1-2) to be in but it is a good challenge for us. Playing at home you do not want to lose a series. So we know where we are going wrong and hopefully we can get it right," he added.

The home team captain was non-committal when asked Kumar Sangakkara would be shifted from the opening slot after a poor show at the top.

"You guys didn't say that when he was scoring in the Asia Cup. Three hundreds in a row, that is the way the game goes. Kumar is a good player. What we are trying to do is our best batters to bat the most number of overs. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn't."

Jayawardene defended his two spinners Ajantha Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan who conceded 104 runs together and said the duo were costly because they were attacking to get wickets.

"When they (Indians) were 63 for 3, I wanted to attack a bit more to pick up wickets and naturally we had to give away a few runs. On another day we probably would have been a bit more defensive and the Indian batsmen would not have got those big shots away," he reasoned.

"I am pleased with the way the two spinners bowled. They went for 50 runs but lot of guys do go for that kind of scores these days. These are two exceptional spinners and I am sure they well come back strongly," he added.

Jayawardene praised Thilan Thushara for his good show with the ball and the bat and happy with signs of becoming a real all rounder.

"We want him to be a good bowler but he is showing good quality with the bat as well. Lower down the order it will be very handy for us. If he can manage to be aggressive both with the ball and the bat that will be great. So more matches these guys are playing they are going to be exposed to international cricket more and they will learn more," he said.

Topics : Cricket New Zealand Sri Lanka
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