Mahela: We warned Buttler. Twice…

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Sri Lanka veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene has come out fighting in defence of his captain Angelo Mathews, after the Mankading incident in the fifth ODI took the gloss off his side's series victory.

Sri Lanka veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene has come out fighting in defence of his captain Angelo Mathews, after the Mankading incident in the fifth ODI took the gloss off his side's series victory.

Jos Buttler was run out at the non-striker's end by bowler Sachithra Senanayake in the 44th over, after being warned for backing up too far numerous times. England skipper Alastair Cook said Mathews had 'crossed a line' by not withdrawing the appeal.

Mahela responded: "We gave him a fair chance. Twice. Before the first warning, we told the umpires that he was taking too much of a lead and then he was warned again. We had to do that, because they kept doing it.

"We analysed our game after Lord's. They took 22 twos in the last 12 overs. Ravi Bopara and him ran riot. And most of the time they were taking starts that are not legal by the written laws.

"We just wanted to make sure we got a fair chance. We warned them and we warned the umpires, but they didn't listen to us, so we had to take the right steps.

"We always try to play in the right spirit, but if the other team is not playing in the right spirit and not going with the law, then unfortunately we had to take the law into our hands.

"It was the third time. It is fair enough, I think. We all need to play by the rules.

"If the other sides are not going by the rules, then they're not playing by the spirit, so what can you do?"

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