Hambantota, Jul 24: Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene feels there is a need to stop India's latest sensation Virat Kohli who is in great form as he has smashed four centuries out of his last five outings.
Kohli's magnificent century against Sri Lanka helped India post a mammoth 314/6 in the first ODI at Hambantota and restricted Mahela's men to 293/3 and register their first win in the series by 21 runs.
Mahela feels the 23 year old Indian vice captain was not a major threat to the hosts, he had become a formidable foe as three of his four centuries in the last five outings have been scored against Sri Lanka.
"I think initially when he started his career we picked his wicket quickly," Jayawardene said. "But like any good player he has come up with a game plan and he is executing that pretty well. Just the last few occasions he has got more confident against our bowling attack. It's up to us now to come up with a game plan."
Further Jayawardene analyzed the mistakes committed by the team in their 21-run loss to India in the first ODI and hoped that they can put up a good show against the Indians on Tuesday.
"Obviously we lost the match the other day, but it wasn't a heavy defeat," he said. "We fought back really well."
While the two teams take the field on Tuesday afternoon, Mahlea Jayawardene's men will try to get rid of Virat Kohli at the earliest, as he might single-handedly win matches for India, given his statistics against Sri Lanka.
Though the Indian cricket team enjoyed a three month break from international cricket, their win against Sri Lanka showed that the break never affected the team as they were high on energy right from the start of the match.