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SL strong enough to face Aus: Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya said his team was all set to take on world champions Australia in the Champions Trophy semifinal. "It is going to be a tough match for both sides.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2002 20:15 IST
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Sri Lankan cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya said Thursday his team was all set to take on world champions Australia in the Champions Trophy semifinal. "It is going to be a tough match for both sides.

Our confidence is good, all our players are in good form and we have the advantage of a good support from the home crowd," Jayasuriya said of preparations for the second semifinal match Friday.

Jayasuriya, however, said he had not fully recovered from the shoulder injury he suffered during the final match of Morocco Cup against South Africa in August.

However, the Sri Lankan captain returned to play in the Champions Trophy and guided his side to victory against Pakistan in its opening league match of the 12-nation tournament. The win against Pakistan, helped by a century from Jayasuriya, ensured Sri Lanka a place in the semifinals.

Australia and Sri Lanka have not played each other for more than three years.

"They are one of the best sides in the world. We will have to do well ... be it batting, bowling or fielding to beat them," Jayasuriya said. "We have got a good plan against them."

The winner of Friday's match will face India, which scored a thrilling 10-run victory over South Africa to enter the tournament final on Sunday.