Proteas~~ pacemen kept pressure on us: Jayawardene

Published: Wednesday, October 25, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Ahmedabad :Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene gave all the credit to the South African bowlers in his teams 78-run loss to them.

Jayawardene, speaking to mediapersons after the match, said that the South Africans bowled really well, always keeping the pressure on with a nagging line and length. ''It was not that the batsmen played loose shots, but at the same time they could not stay at the wicket for too long,'' he said.

''The wicket had something in it for the fast bowlers and the South Africans exploited it to the full,'' Jayawardene added.

South African captain Graeme Smith said the wicket had some juice in it and they wanted to get some early breakthroughs in the first 15 overs to put the Lankans on the back foot.

''We also knew that dew might be a problem and therefore we wanted early wickets which we got through some fine bowling by Makhaya and Shaun (Pollock),'' he said.

On the reason for not bowling spinner Robin Peterson, Smith said he would have found it impossible to grip the ball due to its wetness. ''We knew we were taking a risk as our fast bowlers would have bowled out their overs by the 40th over.

Luckily for us we were able to finish the match before that. All credit to the pacers for this,'' Smith added, The man who started the Sri Lankan collapse Shaun Pollock said they had looked at the videos of the Lankan batsmen and they knew the spots on which to ball.


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