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'To beat us, India must play good cricket'

Jayawardene said his players had developed the attitude of not giving up till the end.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2007 14:45 IST

Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene on Tuesday threw the gauntlet at India ahead of the third ODI, saying the hosts had to play “re- ally good cricket” right through the contest to be able to beat his team.

Jayawardene said his players had developed the attitude of not giving up till the end, which has started paying dividends in the past 12 months.

“We not only want to win the series but also every game. That has been our focus over the last 12 months whoever and wherever we play. That has been our attitude,” he said.

Jayawardene said Sri Lanka want to continue their winning momentum and will look to seal the four-match series on Wednesday itself.

“We want to compete in every game and if a side wants to beat us it has to play really good cricket,” he said.

With Sri Lanka and India facing each other in the group stages in the World Cup, Jayawardene said the series has been the ideal warm-up for the bigger challenge.

“This series is a good challenge for us before the World Cup. I am sure all the guys are focused and keen to win the series tomorrow,” he said.

The Lankans have a slight worry on the fitness front with Kumar Sangakkara indisposed by an upset stomach, but Jayawardene main tained that the wicket-keeper will play.

“It is nothing serious. Sangakkara should be okay tomorrow,” he said.

He also praised Sanath Jayasuriya who he felt spells a danger to any team in the upcoming World Cup.

“He can be a danger to the op position as he's just not throwing his wicket away these days.”

First Published: Feb 14, 2007 14:45 IST