Perth: Mahela Jayawardene, in his first match back as Sri Lanka captain, made an interesting move in not picking a specialist spinner. Sri Lanka lost a close match, but Jayawardene did not think the team combination was the reason. "If we had taken the last four wickets, you would have said, 'good combination'. We felt the pitch was such that four seamers would probably do the job for us. Picking up wickets is very crucial against India. We went with bowlers we thought could do that."
The move seemed erroneous because the India spinners bowled well and got assistance from the pitch. Between them, R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja went for 73 runs in their 20 overs and picked up four wickets. "Ashwin bowled really well," Jayawardene said. "But he is Ashwin; a tall bowler. We go with what strength we have got. We try and work on those areas, have a game plan and try to execute that.
"The bowling unit did a pretty good job. Thisara [Perera] wasn't up to the mark today. If he had been, another couple of wickets might have meant anything. Angie [Angelo Mathews] bowled really well, Dhammika [Prasad], all of those guys. I think where we went wrong was that we fell 30-40 runs short of a good total. We had a good start and just had to have one more big partnership to get to 260-270. That was our target, which we fell short of."