Thatscricket - News - Jayasuriya weary of Indian backlash

Published: Friday, August 17, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Galle: Sri Lanka's captain Sanath Jayasuriya warned teammates of an Indian backlash after the tourists crashed to a 10-wicket defeat in the first Test on Friday."We expect them to fight back," Jayasuriya said as his team wrapped up the match before lunch on the fourth day to secure Sri Lanka their first win against India in 16 years.The left-hander, who hit 340 and 199 in consecutive Tests against the Indians in 1997, took a majestic 111 off his favourite whipping boys here to win the man-of-the-match award.Sri Lanka last beat India at the Sara stadium in Colombo in 1985, giving it two wins in 21 years against its sub-continent neighbours. But Sri Lanka's Australian coach Dav Whatmore played down the win, saying he will be satisfied only if the hosts repeated this performance in the remaining two Tests."We played this game very well, but it will not be good enough if we are not consistent," Whatmore said.The Indians, meanwhile, cancelled a scheduled two-day holiday at a beach resort to practice in Kandy where the second Test starts next Wednesday. "We have just got to work harder because the Sri Lankans are not easy to beat," Indian captain Saurav Ganguly said."There are no excuses to offer. We played badly, we batted and bowled badly, it was just not good enough Test performance. When you are bowled out for 187 in the first innings, it is not easy to come back," Ganguly said.He can, however, take heart from the home series against Australia earlier this year when India fought back after a three-day defeat in the first Test and a 274-run follow-on margin in the second to win 2-1.The difference here is that India are missing four top players, including batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar, and the captain is struggling to find form with the bat.Gangulys repeated failure with the bat has raised speculation that the pressures of captaincy was telling on his batting. "Captaincy and batting are two different things," Ganguly rubbished the claim. "The bottom line is that I need a big score and I am confident I will get it soon. All players go through a bad patch, so I am not worried. I'll just work harder in the nets."

Copyright AFP 2001

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