Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews, who scalped four batsmen, was glad that his team could put enough runs on the board in the rain-affected match against the West Indies on Monday.
“Very pleased with the boys. They showed a lot of character. Especially on the first day. I thought Sangakkara batted brilliantly, he held the innings together,” he said.
“We had a team talk, and we needed to get runs. Especially with D/L, batting first is a disadvantage. It is tough to play around rain delays batting first. We had to get the runs, and I am glad that we got the runs,” he added.
Former skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his 95-ball 90, said he just had to hang in there as he knew runs will come in the end if they had wickets in hand.
“I think the wicket was quite spongy. There was a slow high bounce. It needed patience at the start and slogging at the end. If you hang in there, with the new rules, and the wicket getting better, you can get the runs,” he said.
“The real decision is, when the going is tough, are you going to absorb the pressure or are you going to attack? Batting first, you can absorb the pressure and then catch up in the end. If you have wickets in hand, the advantage is with you. On tough wickets like this, being there in the end helps.”
But severely chiding his bowlers for the defeat against Sri Lanka, the West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said their performance was “unacceptable” as they let Sri Lanka score heavily despite dominating the early part of the innings.
The West Indies had reduced Sri Lanka to 60 for three in 19 overs on Sunday, but allowed the visitors to score 159 in 22 overs on Monday in the rain-curtailed 41-over-a-side game.
“We undid the (good) work we did on Sunday. It wasn’t right on our part. When you set plans, you have to bowl to the plans.
“We were all over the shop. You can’t set fields for bad bowling” he said after the 39-run defeat.
“Bravo and Simmons brought us back, but if we are totally honest with ourselves, myself included, we haven’t batted well,” he said.