Jayawardene disappointed with team performances, but backs Malinga

March 5, 2012 | Cricket, General

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Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene expressed dissatisfaction with his team’s performance after their 15-run loss to Australia in the first final in the ongoing Commonwealth Banks series held on March 4 at the Gabba. However, he insisted that pacer Lasith Malinga’s inconsistent performances were not a cause for concern.

“We didn’t play a perfect game today. We didn’t put enough pressure on them, we didn’t provide the early momentum,” the Lankan skipper admitted.

The visitors failed to contain the host team in the first of three finals after the Aussies won the toss and elected to bat. The Lions were unable to restrict a rampaging David Warner as he scored a massive 163, underpinning his team’s total of 321 and succumbing only in the last over to a delivery by Dhammika Prasad.

Lasith Malinga, often considered the most dangerous bowler in the Lanka arsenal, proved costly for his team as he took a single wicket at the expense of 74 runs in 8 overs. The pacer has been performing inconsistently throughout the tournament – in the match against Australia in Hobart on February 24, he wasted 56 runs for a single wicket, and performed even more shockingly in the next game against India, with 1 for 96. He appeared to take an upward turn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 2, where he took 4 for 49, only to fail once again in yesterday’s match.

However, the skipper is convinced that Malinga’s wayward outings are not troubling him.

“Lasith is not a worry. They (the batsmen) do get away but it’s not a big issue. In a long tournament, a couple of such shows are not an issue,” Jayawardene insisted.

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