'Sri Lanka targeted India's pivotal players'

Published: Tuesday, August 12, 2008, 13:58 [IST]
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"We targeted India"s pivotal players and aimed to control them. When you play a team like India, you need to identify certain individuals and attack them. Sachin is a big part of their batting, and they do bank on him, Rahul , and probably Sourav to an extent."

“We knew we had to control those guys in the middle because that"s where their nucleus is. I also think we handled Kumble well through the series. We frustrated him."

"The credit should go to the bowling unit for keeping India to a highest innings total of 329 in the whole series. Our guys went really hard at them and kept the pressure going."

Ajantha Mendis was the star performer for Sri Lanka with 26 wickets in his debut series.

"Ajantha was brilliant, adding a different dimension to the bowling attack," Jayawardene added.

"He has fitted into the dressing room well and has been very humble in all his achievements, which is great to see."
"In terms of the bowling, obviously Mendis was the difference, picking up 26 wickets," Kumble said.

"With Murali and Mendis together it is not easy to get runs off them and we kept losing wickets because of the pressure created by the two of them," he added.

"The batsmen didn't put up a good show here and it probably cost us the series. It was critical the middle order got runs and there was not enough consistency by the batters.

"Overall, Sri Lanka bowled better and took their catches better. They played better cricket throughout the series and they are deservedly the winners."

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