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Bring on Pakistan, say confident Sri Lanka


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Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayawardene poses for photo with the man of the match trophy after the victory Group A match in the World Cup Cricket tournament between Sri Lanka and Canada at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in the southern district of Hambantota on February 20, 2011. – AFP

HAMBANTOTA: Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said his team was looking forward to their first real test in the World Cup against Pakistan after crushing Canada in their opening match.

Jaywardene gave the 1996 champions a flying start with an 80-ball century to help his team to a solid 332-7 before dismissing Canada for 122, taking their opening Group A match by a huge 210-run margin.

They next face 1992 champions Pakistan in a glamour match on February 26 in Colombo.

“The first game in a tournament is always very important. We started with the right tone and now we look forward to our next match against Pakistan who are a very good side,” said Jayawardene.

“Pakistan have got some great individual players and we play them quite often and we know how dangerous they can be, so we have to do our homework right and prepare ourselves and go in with a very positive mindset.

“I think everyone is looking for an opportunity to play against Pakistan.”

Jayawardene, whose century was the fourth fastest in the tournament's history, admitted he didn't know he had also made the quickest World Cup hundred by a Sri Lankan.

“I didn't know that until the last minute when they told me, but I am quite happy it was a good start for us,” said Jayawardene, who beat Sanath Jayasuriya's 85-ball hundred against Bangladesh at Port of Spain four years ago.

Jayawardene also praised Canada's initial bowling efforts.

“There were a few nerves before the game started just to get on with the World Cup, especially in front of our home crowd,” said the veteran batsman.

“It's not easy to play a team like Canada. You need to make sure and they bowled well initially,” said he said.

Jayawardene praised his players' attitude.

“I think the boys had a right attitude going into the game. We were very positive with the ball on the field as well, and the most important thing was to keep wickets in hand and then Kumar (Sangakkara, 92) and myself gave impetus.”

Jayawardene added an invaluable 179 for the third wicket with his skipper after Tillakaratne Dilshan set the platform with a brisk 50.

Comments (6) Closed

indoman Feb 21, 2011 11:43am
The report says "Bring on Pakistan, say confident Sri Lanka". Where exactly did SL say this? Scavenging reports twisting everything and making very reasonable comments sound arrogant.
sajid Feb 21, 2011 05:47pm
Yeah that's the point, why do we need to sensationalize every thing we report, professional utterings of SL great is played down by an out of context report title. Guys there is a lot of room for improvement!
Rashid Khan Feb 22, 2011 07:26am
Bring on Pakistan, say confident Sri Lanka NOT quoted
Ali Feb 22, 2011 10:15pm
This is a normal thing about Pakistani media...They don't know what they are doing.
HM, Canada Feb 23, 2011 10:59pm
Truly said. Facts are twisted by media ... very often.
Aqil Siddiqi Feb 24, 2011 04:08am
You are right, Mahela did not say this any where. The media, what can you do about it.