PALLEKELE: Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews has expressed his distress over today’s unreal defeat against Pakistan in decisive Test of tree-match series in Pallekele.
Sri Lanka must not have imagined they could lose the match at lunch on day four, after putting up a giant total of 376 runs on the board. Angelo Mathews admitted after Pakistan strode to a seven-wicket win in Pallekele, to complete a 2-1 series victory.
“I actually thought after we made 376 that we were sitting pretty,” Mathews said. “This will definitely take a lot of time to digest, this defeat. We never expected this sort of performance from our team as well as the Pakistanis.”
Mathews said the pitch had flattened out by the fourth and fifth day, but added that his attack’s indiscipline remained a key cause for the loss.
“The ball didn’t turn that much in the last couple of days,” Mathews said. “It turned a little bit in patches. It turned in the third session yesterday and then settled down. In the first couple of sessions of their innings, it barely turned. For the seamers, there was no hope at all. They bowled their hearts out. Hats off to them, they’ve been brilliant throughout the series. I thought Dhammika Prasad was brilliant, as were Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal. Even Dushmantha Chameera was excellent in the last game. I thought there was no help from the wicket.”