Sri Lanka’s captain Mahela Jayawardene admitted his team choked in the World Twenty20 final against the West Indies, denying themselves a long-awaited title.

Mahela Jayawardene

“When we were put under pressure, we did not react well,” Jayawardene said after the hosts crashed to a 36-run defeat.

“As a team we gave everything we had,” he said. “We wanted to win a big tournament to give something to the fans who have been cheering us. We just did not execute a good game plan and we were not ruthless enough. We are very disappointed that we could not give the fans what they wanted, and that hurts a lot.

“We need to sit together, have a chat on what went wrong and then move on,” he added.