We did not assess the wicket properly, says Sri Lanka captain

By Staff Writers | June 3, 2012

Mahela JayawardeneCaptain Mahela Jayawardene admitted Sri Lanka had misread the surface at Hambantota for the first T20 against Pakistan on Friday.

Sri Lanka's senior batsmen Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Jayawardene occupy the top three positions in the batting order which makes the hosts' batting order top-heavy. All three were dismissed in the space of 28 deliveries, leaving Sri Lanka reeling at 31/3.

An inexperienced middle order further capitulated and Jayawardene's men soon found themselves at 89/7.

An unbeaten 43-run partnership for the eighth wicket, thanks mainly to a blazing 32 not out off 16 balls from Thisara Perera, saw Sri Lanka reach a score of some respectability.

"We made a few mistakes upfront. We didn’t assess the wicket properly," Jayawardene told The Island.

"After batting in the side nets, we thought it was a 160 or 170 wicket. But under lights there was something on the wicket.

"I thought 150 was a good total. Once we start batting, we should set a target. If you miss out on the first three overs it could hurt you. I thought we were 15-20 runs short."

Both teams will meet later today for the series decider at the same venue.

© Island Cricket

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