Mathews: Pakistan played the better cricket


Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has spoken about how disappointed he is but gave all credit to Pakistan as they chased a record score to win the final Test and clinch the series in Pallekele on Tuesday.

Never before has more than 300 been chased in Sri Lanka in Tests but Pakistan chased down 377 to win by seven wickets in the second session on the final day.

Pakistan owed their stellar run-chase to centuries from veteran Younis Khan, who hit 171 not out, and opener Shan Masood who scored 125.

Mathews gave credit to Pakistan's bowlers for how they stuck to the task when the home side lost their last five wickets for 35 runs in their second innings.

Mathews said after the game. "It was disappointing. I thought we were sitting pretty when he had 377. This was a really good game after both sides were even.

"The Pakistan bowlers were brilliant in the second innings. Pakistan deserved to win and they played better cricket than us. It turned a little bit but the seamers did not have anything in the last couple of days."

The Sri Lanka skipper said his team will have to move on from the batting exploits of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene as this was their first Test without either one in 15 years.

Jayawardene has already retired from international cricket while Sangakkara will play two Tests in the next series against India before calling it a day.

Mathews, who scored a century in the second innings, said: "We don't have Mahela and Sanga, we will have to take on the challenge and move on. I am trying to contribute both with the bat and ball. It has been a great Test series for both teams."