We needed to score 250 runs, says Mathews

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Published: Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:29 [IST]
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We needed to score 250 runs: Mathews

Cardiff, June 21: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said they needed at least 250 runs to challenge India's batting in the Champions Trophy semi-final which they lost by 8 wickets here.

"We needed at least 250 for a fight, but nothing went in our favour today. The toss proved to be very crucial," Mathews said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Premier fast bowler Lasith Malinga did not have a good game and the skipper did not want to blame him for the loss.

"His (Lasith Malinga) biggest strength is reverse swing but the English weather didn't work to his advantage. In the sub-continent, he gets the ball to reverse very well, but the cold weather was a deterrent. But we are not making excuses," Mathews said.

He felt injury to Tillakaratne Dilshan hit them hard. The opener had to retire hurt due to a calf injury but returned to bat limping, at number 9.

"First of all, Dilshan's injury early in the innings (fourth over) really hit us. He was batting well in seaming conditions. Then we lost wickets and could not rebuild our innings. There was no momentum. India's bowlers did a good job," he said.

The 26-year-old said their aim was to reach the semi-final and he was happy.

"Our target was to make the semis which we did. We did it the hard way after losing the first match. It was a good comeback against England and Australia and full credit to the players," he said.


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