Mathews: Disappointed we didn’t win it for Sanga


Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said his side was disappointed that they could not give Kumar Sangakkara a winning farewell after they lost the second Test against India by 278 runs in Colombo.

Sangakkara, who scored 12400 runs in 134 Tests, retired from international cricket after India leveled the three-match series ahead of the final Test at the SSC stadium which starts on 28 August.

Mathews also praised India spinner Ravi Ashwin who took five wickets in the second innings as Sri Lanka were 134 all out chasing a target of 413.

The home team's skipper though said his batsmen did not take advantage when the conditions was at it's best to score runs.

After the match Mathews said: "Disappointed we didn't win it for Sanga. We promised him we would play our best cricket, but we didn't. On behalf of the team, we can't thank Sanga enough for his services over the last 15 years.

"The best days for batting were second and third, and we clearly didn't capitalise. After they took the lead, they batted really well and put us under a lot of pressure.

"The wicket was quite demanding, but we could have put on a better show on the last day. Having said that, India, especially Ashwin, bowled really well."