Tuesday 6 January 2009 

Jayawardene Delighted, Siddons Disappointed

Jayawardene Delighted, Siddons Disappointed
Jayawardene Delighted, Siddons Disappointed
© REUTERS/Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi (SRI LANKA) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 
Jayawardene Delighted, Siddons Disappointed
Jayawardene Delighted, Siddons Disappointed
© REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman (BANGLADESH) Picture Supplied by Action Images
 

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene may have failed to mark his 100th Test with an 8,000th Test run but he was nevertheless delighted after his side sealed a 2-0 series win over Bangladesh with an emphatic 465-run win in Chittagong.

"We knew it was going to be tough considering the conditions we were given," he said. "We knew we had to adjust. We were in trouble at times but the guys showed a lot of fight and character. [Tillakaratne] Dilshan in the first innings showed that when we were 4 for 75 and that is something we encourage the boys to do, to be the best they can.

"I am very proud of the players. We are a good unit and we have very good standards. We just need to continue working hard and improving. At the moment we are fourth in the rankings and we should try and push ourselves further up."

Jayawardene added that he was not too disappointed to have missed out on the milestone of 8,000 runs, however.

"I tried my best but it was not an easy wicket to bat. It was easy for Dilshan but not for the rest of us. I am not concerned as long as we win matches."

"It is a great feeling scoring runs," Dilshan said. "I am really happy with my performance."

Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons could not hide his disappointment at his side's performance, especially after they had scored 413 in the fourth innings in Mirpur.

"I am disappointed," the Australian said. "I wouldn't have been disappointed if it was a turning wicket that suited their bowlers. I am disappointed with the wicket I saw but I don't think the pitch played a massive role in some of our wickets.

"After the 400 in Dhaka where everyone including me saw huge improvement in the young guys this was not what was expected. But I still see that six or seven of our first eight batsmen haven't played 10 Test matches yet and against two of the world's best bowlers, probably the best bowlers in the world at the moment, it is a tough ask.

"They were also a bit overawed I think. Mendis took three wickets in no time and we were again four for nothing. I am disappointed that our top four can't consistently make runs and it is always Ash, Shakib and Muishie, the same three trying to save our skin. Disappointed that we didn't show that we are improving although without doubt we are.

"There are no excuses for the performance today."

Both sides now take on each other and Zimbabwe in a One Day International tri-series which begins on January 10th.

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