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                                  Jayawardene pleased with team performance

Leading the national team in a test series, after three years, Mahela Jayawardene drew level with the world's number one team and it came after experiencing four straight series defeats during the past 12 months. In spite of missing an opportunity to beat England twice in the same series, the Sri Lanka skipper was pleased on the commitment shown by his men, during the two-match series against England."We kept fighting and fighting and gave ourselves opportunities. As long as we continue to play this way, we can improve and develop the youngsters. As long as the commitment levels are there, I'm happy with that," Jayawardene said at the post match press conference after England beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets to level the series 1-1.Sri Lanka has never beaten England twice in the same series but they had a golden opportunity before coming to the P. Sara Oval. Sri Lankans were 1-0 ahead of the Englishmen after their magnificent 75 runs victory in Galle. However, the difference was made in the first innings."Before the game started, I said that the first innings is very important, especially playing in the sub-continent. We need to take that advantage up front and get a good start and to put the opposition under pressure. I think we didn't do that," Jayawardene said. The top three batsmen failed in the first innings as Sri Lanka lost three wickets for 30 runs before surrendering all their wickets for 275. In contrast, England made 460 in their first innings and Kevin Pietersen made a thunderous 151 in 165 balls."All credit should go to English bowlers as well. They bowled really well on the first day and they kept us intact. Another 100 runs, I thought 350 – 370, would have been a good score. The difference was that towards the end.""I though KP (Kevin Pietersen) came and changed the game. The momentum he batted with paid off and that shifted the momentum of the test match as well," Jayawardene said.Sri Lanka had very little to defend. Just 94 runs against the world's leading team were just not enough and England reached home within 78 minutes. It looked like Sri Lanka was depending too much on their spinners. Defending a small total, Sri Lanka opened with the two spinners, T. M. Dilshan and Rangana Herath and both came out with results before Pietersen blasted 42 runs in 28 balls"He (Rangana Herath) is the best bowler that I have. You obviously bank on him. The challenge for the Sri Lankan team is not to do the same we did with Murali, (Muttiah Muralitharan) for just being the one bowler that we depend on," said Jayawardene."So we just need to try and improve as a unit that would help him and take the pressure off him. That's the challenge we have as we're going forward," Jayawardene told reporters at the press conference. Jayawardene is a master to read match situations as he got Dilshan to bowl the first over with the new ball and got rid of Andrew Strauss."Dilly with the new ball, skids through and there was a big chance for him to hit somebody on the pads." "During that situation, I felt Dilshan was bowling better than Suraj," said Jayawardene justifying his decision to throw the new ball to Dilshan.