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Jayawardene tired of tight finishes

His side has just edged out England by two runs to inch closer to a semifinal berth in the World Cup but Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene said, back-to-back heart-stoppers are getting on to his nerves.

Last week, Sri Lanka almost did it before losing their previous Super Eight match to South Africa by one wicket and on Wednesday, they revived their World Cup campaign with a slender two-run win in a nail-biting tie against England.

"I don't want tight finishes like this. We should have clinched it earlier," he said after the match at St. Johnís in Antigua on Wednesday.

Wednesday's match saw England recovering from 133/6 to come within three runs of an improbable win before Dilhara Fernando castled Ravinder Bopara to seal the match with the final delivery of the day.

"It was a very close match today and it's not good for anyone's heart," he quipped, adding it was a good day of cricket from the crowd's point of view.

"We had them at 133/6 and thought we were just one ball away from exposing the tail. But Paul Nixon and Ravi Bopara batted really well and took it to the last few overs.

"The South Africa game was also too close for comfort," he said.

Despite the slender victory margin, Jayawardene was happy that his bowlers held their nerves and delivered the goods.

"It was a brilliant all-round effort. We bowled in the right areas," he said.

He was not happy with the batting of course and admitted feeling insecure with a total of 235.

"I threw away my wicket and I thought we were 15-20 runs short, but the bowlers came back strongly."

England captain Michael Vaughan, however, maintained that despite the defeat, his team could be proud of its effort.

"The team is pretty quiet in the dressing room at the moment but we can be proud of ourselves. We were outstanding with the ball at the start and then Paul and Ravi gave us a chance of reaching the target," said Vaughan.

"I thought we would just get over the line, but it wasn't to be.

"We can take a lot of positives from the game. Not many people thought we could play that well in these conditions," he said.

England play Australia in a crucial match in Antigua on Sunday, while Sri Lanka have a long break before they meet New Zealand on April 12.

"We will have to play in a similar way to make sure we get the two points against Australia," Vaughan said.

Meanwhile, Sri Lankan pacer Dilhara Fernando revealed it was his captain's idea to bowl at block holes in the death, which paid off.

"I've been playing really well in the last few weeks, so I had a lot of confidence. Captain said me to bowl at block holes and no slower at all. I just stuck to the basic and it paid off," he said.

source - cricketzone.com
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