Jayawardene: Declaration key to victory

27 March 2008
Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene says that his aggressive declaration on day four of their Test against the West Indies set his side on the way to their first ever victory on the islands. Jayawrdene's side took a 1-0 lead in the two Test series after bowling their hosts out for 315 with only 15 minutes left on the final day.But it was Sri Lanka's declaration on 240-7 that set the victory up as it gave the West Indies a target of 436 to win - which would have been a world record if successful - as Jayawrdene felt it gave Chris Gayle's side hope they could snatch an unlikely win.

"We wanted them to play a few shots on this wicket because that's how we could have created opportunities," said Jayawrdene.

"That's why we gave them a target they could have achieved, rather than giving them 500 when they would have been in a very defensive frame of mind."

And Vaas insists his side will go all out for victory in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in the second Test, which starts on April 3, rather than settling for the draw that would secure the series.

He said: "It's important that we go for a win in the second match as well, that's the way we play cricket," he said. "That's the attitude whether it is home or away."