Perth, Feb 9: A target of 234 in 50 overs is not a tall ask. And India chased it down to win by four wickets against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. And Sri Lankan captain felt they needed 30 or 40 runs more to challenge India at the WACA Ground.
"We felt short because we were probably 30-40 runs short of our target. We had a good start. We just had to have one more big partnership, we would have been around 260-270. That was our target but we fell short of," said Jayawardene in the post-match press conference.
Sri Lanka were restricted to 233/8 in 50 overs and India successfully chased the score to triumph by four wickets.
Jayawardene, who is back as the captain after Tillakaratne Dilshan quit the post, felt that Ravichandran Ashwin's fine bowling proved an obstacle for free run scoring for their batsmen.
"Ashwin bowled well. He really bowled well. But he is Ashwin. A tall bowler," the right-hander said.
Sri Lanka tried their best to restrict Indian batsmen when they were six down. They even had seven fielders in the ring in a bid to take wickets.
"When you are defending 230, you are trying to save as many singles as possible. The only way we would win this one-day game was by picking up wickets. I didn't mind them scoring boundaries. It was a tough wicket to get singles. I didn't want them to get that."
Sri Lanka's main weapon Lasith Malinga was not at his best and picked up only one wicket, conceding 49 runs from his nine overs.
"Lasith did bowl his yorkers. But with two new balls, it doesn't reverse that quickly. Any other day, he would have probably picked up a couple of wickets. But I don't fault the bowlers. The attitude and hunger was there on the field. The fielding was fantastic. The bowling was very aggressive," Jayawardene said.