Adelaide, Feb 13: Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, says his team's performance against India away from India has been good and they are banking on those statistics as they face their Asian counterparts in the ODI tri-series match here on Tuesday.
"Our strength has always been playing India away from India. India are always strong in India, with the smaller grounds and conditions they are used to. But away from home, we have always done very well against them," he said.
Sangakkara, was trying to play a few mind games ahead of his team's one-dayer against India as he knew his statements were contradicted with facts.
Playing Sri Lanka in Australia, India have lost only one out of the six matches, while in England they have lost only one from five games, and the only match they played in South Africa, India prevailed handsomely.
Playing at home, Sri Lanka having played 17 matches against India, have managed to register wins in only 7 matches while India have emerged victorious 10 times. While playing in India too, Sri Lanka has fared badly as they have lost 11 matches while India have won 29 overall. Totally, India have won 69 matches and lost 50 while 11 matches did not yield a result.
Statistics proving otherwise, Sangakkara's comments did lack clear view, as it looked like he was desparately trying to avoid an embarrassing situation after two consecutive losses to India and Australia respectively.
"Yeah, I think so. We should have been one-up by now. Unfortunately, we aren't. As soon as we get a game right with batsmen batting a lot better than they did and having more partnerships, we stand a very good chance."
After a failed attempt, Sangakkara again made it clear that his team have to win at least four of the remaining six matches in order to qualify for the finals.
"You have got to win a minimum of four games to have any chance of qualifying for the finals. Tomorrow is another opportunity."
The former Sri Lanka captain is just 42 runs away from another milestone, to join the 10,000-run club in ODIs. Having played 106 Tests and 312 ODIs, the 34-year-old will be the 10th batsman to join the 10,000 elite club, and the third Sri Lankan after Sanath Jayasuriya (13,430) and Mahela Jayawardene (10,131).