Clarke blames lack of runs, poor bowling for loss

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Published: Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 14:53 [IST]
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Lack of runs led to loss: Clarke

Adelaide, Mar 7: Australian captain Michael Clarke feels the target set for Sri Lanka wasn't challenging as they did not have enough runs on the board. Sri Lanka won by eight wickets chasing 272 with 34 balls to spare.

Tillakaratne Dilshan's 106 along with skipper Mahela Jayawardene's 80 steered the Lankans to a comfortable victory in the second final of the tri-series on Tuesday.

"We were probably 40 runs short of a good total. We tried to score as fast as we could but couldn't manage," said Clarke who is battling to be fit for the third finals on Thursday.

"We couldn't get the momentum and it's credit to the Lankans ,they changed their pace very well and bowled Yorkers well too. We have to be at our best to beat them which we are not doing at the moment," he said.

Disappointed Clarke not only blamed lack of runs on the board, but also took a dig at bowlers.

"We are giving too much width. We were managing a little swing but you can't afford the width on good wickets. We didn't have enough score and our fielding let us down,the bowling was poor too," he said.

Clarke, who suffered a right hamstring strain recently, now battles with a left hamstring pull and wasn't sure if he would be available for Thursday, as well as for the tour to the West Indies.

"I am not sure to what extent (I have injured the hamstring). I would have a scan but definitely I'm not feeling good. But I would rather not pass the judgement and wait for the scan report."


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