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'Winning a good habit to have'

"I would have probably done the same (NZ) if I had won the toss. It got slower in the afternoon and 260 would have been a tough target," says Jayawardene.

cricket Updated: Apr 13, 2007, 13:47 IST
Ashish Shukla
Ashish Shukla

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was happy to continue nurturing the winning feeling after his side had prevailed over New Zealand by six wickets in Grenada on Thursday.

"It's a good habit to have. We certainly wouldn't like to go (against Australia) with a losing mentality," said Jayawardene, as he looked forward to wrap up the Super Eight campaign in the next one week.

Sri Lanka's remaining two fixtures are against Australia (April 16) and Ireland (April 18) at this very venue.

Jayawardene didn't fault his New Zealand counterpart Stephen Fleming's decision to take first strike on winning the toss.
"I would have probably done the same if I had won the toss. It got slower in the afternoon and 260 probably would have been a tough target," remarked Jayawardene.

The Sri Lankan skipper praised his bowlers and fielders as well as batters for going about their business with a plan.
"We kept early wickets and then Murali squeezed them and there was very good effort in the field. We put a lot of emphasis on fielding and by creating a couple of run-out chances, we were able to put pressure on them."

Jayawardene revealed his side wanted to make sure they didn't give Shane Bond and Daniel Vettori some early success while chasing.

"We knew they were two strike bowlers for New Zealand and didn't want to give them early wickets. I am happy Sanath (Jayasuriya) and (Kumar) Sangakkara put on a good partnership and didn't rush things."

He said Sri Lanka didn't miss the services of Lasith Malinga who is the leading wicket-taker for them in the tournament and was out of yesterday's game because of ankle injury.

"That's because we are not a one-man team. We have players who can step in and keep the pressure."

Jayawardene once again gave a good bowl to part-time off-spinner Tillakratne Dilshan even though frontline bowlers Dilhara Fernando and Ferveez Maharoof didn't go through their overs.

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