Lanka plan a grand farewell for ‘great’ Vaas
“It is always good to aim for a sweep, but you can't achieve that without playing your best cricket. We have been patchy, and so has Pakistan. We want to win it for the great Vaas,” Sangakkara said.cricket Updated: Jul 20, 2009 00:08 IST
Kumar Sangakkara hopes to complete a 3-0 sweep against Pakistan in his first Test series as Sri Lanka captain despite admitting his team had played 'patchy' cricket so far.
“We have certainly not been at our best in this series," Sangakkara said ahead of the third and final Test starting at the Sinhalese sports club in Colombo on Monday.
“It is always good to aim for a sweep, but you can't achieve that without playing your best cricket. We have been patchy, and so has Pakistan. We want to win it for the great Vaas.”
Sri Lanka took a decisive 2-0 lead in the series despite failing to hit the 300-run mark in two Tests against a Pakistani attack lacking experience.
Pakistan dominated the initial three days of the first Test in Galle, only to falter on the fourth morning. In the second Test, Pakistan crashed to a timid 90 in the first innings and then lost nine wickets for 35 runs in the second innings after coasting on 285-1 at one stage.
Sri Lanka, still without spin king Muttiah Muralitharan who is resting a knee injury, will look to give veteran Chaminda Vaas a fitting farewell.
Vaas, 35, said on Sunday he will retire from Test cricket after the Pakistan series, but will continue to play ODIs and T20s.
The 110-Test veteran with 354 wickets was overlooked for the first two Tests, but has been recalled for the final match at the risk of changing a winning formula. “There is a good possibility that we may go in with four seamers and leave out a bowler who has not done well,” said Sangakkara.