Tillakaratne Dilshan dejected after defeat in third Test

Sri Lanka lost the third Test match against South Africa by 10 wickets Getty Images

Cape Town: Jan 10, 2012

Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said he was disappointed with the way his team had played in the third Test match against South Africa.

“As a team we have to take the blame. After the Durban game we came here with a lot of confidence but we didn t start well with the bowling department. We talked about a lot of things coming into this Test match, about bowling line and length, but it didn t work.”

Dilshan said he did not regret his decision to send South Africa in, despite the hosts piling up 580 for four declared with Alviro Petersen and AB de Villiers scoring centuries alongside Kallis double hundred.

“We made early breakthroughs. If we had caught Jacques Kallis they would have been 60 for three and we would have put pressure on the South African batting unit. After that Kallis and AB de Villiers batted really well and we didn t bat well.”

Dilshan said Sri Lanka needed to strive for consistency in both batting and bowling.

“We don t have a strong domestic structure,” he said.

“It is very difficult to find good cricketers. We have to correct our domestic structure. Coming from our club cricket to international cricket is a huge difference.”

Samaraweera and vice-captain Angelo Mathews put on 142 for the fifth wicket and prevented South Africa from taking a wicket before lunch.

But the introduction of the second new ball, which was taken one over before lunch, brought a breakthrough when Vernon Philander trapped Mathews leg before wicket for 63 in the fourth over after the interval with a ball which kept low.

Philander followed up by having Dinesh Chandimal caught at second slip by Jacques Kallis. The lower order batsmen went for their shots but none looked likely to last long. (AFP)