Century no consolation for Jayawardene
Apr 3, 2011 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lanka batsman, has said his sublime century in the World Cup final was no consolation following his team’s six-wicket defeat. Jayawardene’s was the first instance of a batsman scoring a century in a World Cup final in a losing cause.
"I would swap that century any day for a championship medal," Jayawardene told the ICC, adding that India’s batting line-up proved too strong to defend 274 against. "We fought well but it wasn’t enough. We had to take wickets to control this Indian batting line-up. We got a couple of early wickets but we couldn’t get anything going after that. "We didn’t have the penetration that we normally do, and they batted very well."
Jayawardene’s unbeaten innings of 103 was a flawless one. He struck boundaries and rotated the strike with ease, and was supported by Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera in the batting Powerplay. "When I went in it felt really good, got a couple of loose balls and I struck a few boundaries. That gave me the rhythm and momentum.