Johannesburg: Sri Lanka skipper Sanath Jayasuriya is enjoying life in the slow lane so much so that he has his sights set on leading his country to a second World Cup title. With two wins from two games, the Lankans are on a high thanks to wins over New Zealand and Bangladesh on the slow pitches of Bloemfontein and Pietermaritzburg.
Now they are in pole position to book one of the three qualifying spots from Group 'B' into the Super Sixes - a task which should be within their reach with games against South Africa, West Indies, Kenya and Canada to come. "This is the World Cup. You should play and beat the best to be crowned champions. That's our aim. We have prepared for it and have done a lot of work on our individual skills to achieve our goal," Jayasuriya told the 'Sunday Independent'.
The Lankans have enjoyed a 47-run win over the Kiwis, with the skipper making 120, and followed that up with a 10-wicket triumph over Bangladesh. "Things are falling into place for us very quickly thanks to the hard work we have put in during the triangular series in Australia. We had a poor World Cup in 1999 when we got blown away in the opening round, but here it is an entirely different approach."
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