Brisbane: Lasith Malinga has been taken to the cleaners for the second time in three games, but skipper Mahela Jayawardene backed the express bowler after his eight overs cost Sri Lanka 74 runs in the first final of the tri-series here on Sunday.
"Lasith is not a worry. They (the batsmen) do get away but it's not a big issue. In a long tournament, a couple of such shows are not an issue," Jayawardene said after his side's 15-run defeat to Australia at the Gabba.
When Sri Lanka needed 16 runs from the final over, Jayawardene himself went into the middle to have a word with last man Malinga.