Stuart Broad has said that England were thoroughly outplayed by Sri Lanka after seeing his first match as Twenty20 captain end in a defeat.
“It was a disappointing performance,” he said. “We got off to a sluggish start but the way KP and Morgs played was fantastic. “They showed they could clear the boundaries and we got a lot of momentum from that, so to lose those two guys in consecutive overs stalled our innings a little bit and nobody could grab the game by the scruff of the neck with some later boundaries.
“Going out to bowl with only 136 on board we knew we had to take early wickets but Sangakkara and Jayawardene showed their experience to not give us a sniff and not let us open up an end.
“Obviously it was a disappointing result and we were thoroughly outplayed but credit where credit is due, I thought Sri Lanka played very well.”
Broad also praised the Sri Lankan bowler and rated Malinga as one of the best in the world.
“The loss of momentum in our innings was disappointing but they’ve got some very good death bowlers”. “You have to say Malinga is one of the best in the world and we didn’t find the boundaries we needed.
“The guys came in thinking it was probably a 160, 170 wicket, especially given the size of Bristol, but I was confident going out to field that if we could open up an end we had a chance. That didn’t happen and it was a disappointing day.”
Thilina Kandamby, the Sri Lanka captain who was also in charge for the first time, said, “Today it was really fun because everything was going our way, so it was a good day,” he said.
“With Lasith in your side it can be easy to handle another side because he is a world-class bowler. Whenever he gets a chance he will take wickets.
“Our target was to keep them under 150. We did well on that because we thought 150 would be gettable here with a fast outfield.”