Sri Lanka lost to Australia by 15 runs in the first final of the tri-series.  Spearhead Lasith Malinga has been taken to the cleaners for the second time in three games, but skipper Mahela Jayawardene backed the express bowler after his eight overs cost Sri Lanka 74 runs in the first final of the tri-series on Sunday.

 

Captain Mahela Jayawardene was unhappy with the defeat but supported his premier fas bowler Lasith Malinga during the press conference.

 

“Lasith is not a worry. They (the batsmen) do get away but it's not a big issue. In a long tournament, a couple of such shows are not an issue,” Jayawardene said after his side's 15-run defeat to Australia at the Gabba.

 

When Sri Lanka needed 16 runs from the final over, Jayawardene himself went into the middle to have a word with last man Malinga.

 

“I just asked him to look for big shots. You can't really put too many ideas in their head.”