A place in World T20 final means a great deal: Jayawardene

hidden, Oct, 05 2012

Colombo: A place in the final of the ongoing ICC World Twenty20 in home ground "means a great deal" for the cricket fans of the country, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said after the hosts beat Pakistan in the first semi-final.

"It (place in the final) means a great deal, thanks to the fans," he said after Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan by 16 runs at the R Premeadasa Stadium.

In a brave move, Sri Lanka brought in left-arm spinner Rengana Herath in place of off-spinner Akila Dananjaya and the skipper termed the decision as a tactical change.

"It was a tough call keeping out birthday boy Dananjaya but we knew Pakistan were weak against left-arm spin," said Jayawardene, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his 38-ball 42 and leadership qualities.

Sri Lankan team after winning. AP

Opting to bat Sri Lanka made a modest 139 for four in their 20 overs and Jayawardene he felt they were a few runs short.

"We felt we were 15 short and 140 was a par score. We made mistakes in the field but it didn't cost us," he said.

Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez said a middle-order collapse put paid to their hopes of a win.

"Every person gave 100 percent. Jamshed and Raza have been the positives for us in this tournament. We were much in the game but the middle-order collapsed," he said.

"I thank the fans who came here to support us. We really wanted to do something for them," Hafeez added.

PTI

Published Date: Oct 05, 2012 | Updated Date: Oct 05, 2012



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