Mixed emotions for Sri Lanka captain after day two

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, April 5, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene had mixed feelings about the way his side performed on the second day of the second and final Test against West Indies on Friday at Queen’s Park Oval.

Sri Lanka captured six wickets in the final session to get back into the match, as West Indies, replying to the visitors’ first innings total of 278, reached 268 for seven when bad light stopped play 14.1 overs early.

But Jayawardene was disappointed with the way the batsmen in his side gifted their wickets in the Sri Lanka first innings.

“It was not easy batting on that pitch (on the first day), but we fought well, and I think that sixth-wicket partnership (of 107 between Tillekeratne Dilshan and Chamara Silva) was crucial for us,” he said.

“It showed a lot of character, but I am disappointed with the way a few of our guys were dismissed.

“We should probably have scored between 300 and 325.”

Jayawardene felt the pitch was not as lively as when his side batted, and felt West Indies had the better of it, so he was delighted that his bowlers stuck to the task and brought the side back into the contest.

“We thought we may have had a bigger lead or struggling with them hav