Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said that he was disappointed that the team could not gift a farewell win to batting great Kumar Sangakkara, who retired from cricket at the P Sara Oval here on Monday.
Sri Lanka lost the second Test here by 278 runs against the Indians, who now have leveled the three-match series at 1-1.
"Disappointed we didn't win it for Sanga. We promised him we would play our best cricket, but we didn't," Mathews said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The skipper also thanked 37-year-old Sangakkara for his services to the game over the last 15 years.
"On behalf of the team, we can't thank Sanga enough for his services over the last 15 years," he said.
The Lankan skipper praised Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and rued the fact that his teammates did not bat well enough on the second and third days to trouble the visitors.
"The best days for batting were second and third, and we clearly didn't capitalise. After they took the lead, they batted really well and put us under a lot of pressure. The wicket was quite demanding, but we could have put on a better show on the last day. Having said that, India, especially Ashwin, bowled really well," he said.