India look to continue momentum

Published: Monday, February 11, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Canberra: After recording a facile victory against the formidable Aussies in the fourth tie of the CB tri-series at SCG on Sunday, Dhoni&Co are keen to carry the momentum into Tuesday's game against Sri Lanka at Manuka Oval.

 "We played very well yesterday and we will stick to the same sort of the rhythm in the next game and try to win every game from here onwards, Indian offie Harbhajan, who had a good outing at SCG said.

"Every game is different. It doesn't matter what Sri Lanka did in the last game. It's going to be a good challenge for both sides and we'll put up our best show."

"We have young guys who are all raring to go," Bhajji added.

Sri Lankan skipper Jayawardene believe the World Cup finalists need to show more application if they want to make a mark in the Commonwealth Bank one-day series.

"We just need to make sure that we give our best shot tomorrow and make this tournament much more interesting than what it is," Jayawardene said.

Sri Lanka has shared equal points in its match against India and lost to Australia by 128 runs.

Jayawardene, however believes the competition is wide open now and says a Sri Lankan win tomorrow will even things out. "The challenge for them is to be consistent and the challenge for us is to challenge ourselves."

The biggest worry for Lankan skipper has been the team's indifferent batting - apart from Sangakkara, none of the batsmen shown the stomach to dig in and take the fight to rival camp in their previous tie against Aussies. "Our batting is a bit of concern," he said. "You can have those days I suppose, just like what happened to the Aussies yesterday at SCG on Sunday. They played seven batsmen, yet couldn't get a competitive total on the board."

However, he felt there were enough runs in the wicket at the Manuka Oval if the batsmen got it right.

The wicket is nothing different from the tracks in the subcontinent, except for the bounce. Considering the nature of strip, both teams are expected to opt for batting depth. India would not want to disturb a winning combination but Lanka may bring in all-rounder Farveez Maharoof for Tillakaratne Dilshan, who is down with a bout of infection.

India are at the top of the tri-series standings on eight points from three games, one point ahead of Australia (7), with Sri Lanka on two points and desperately needing a win on Tuesday at Manuka Oval against India.


India: Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt, wk), Robin Uthappa, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth and Ishant Sharma

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan and Ishara Amerasinghe.


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