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We have a long way to go: Jayawardene

Lankan skipper attributes his team's convincing victory over Zimbabwe to Tharanga's brilliant batting and the aggression of the bowlers.

india Updated: Oct 11, 2006 12:59 IST

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene on Tuesday attributed his team's convincing victory over Zimbabwe to Upul Tharanga's brilliant batting and the aggression of the bowlers.

"Upul batted brilliantly. And so did Kumar (Sangakkara) and Marvan (Attapattu) who has come back strongly. Now, other guys also have to get into the scene," Jayawardene told reporters after a 144-run win over Zimbabwe in their ICC Champions Trophy qualifier.

Praising Tharanga, he said, "In the last 10 ten games our batsmen have scored 11 hundreds and four of them have come from Upul's blade. He batted brillianlty. He is very talented, we have a lot of confidence in him."

He, however, expressed concern at conceding a large number of extras runs through no balls and extras.

"To take a critical view of our game today, the number of wides and no balls are a bit of concern. However, I feel that can be rectified as we have performed much better than the previous game. I think we are going in the right diection."

"Sanath (Jayasuriya) and me have not got a good game yet in the tournament. We are eager to pay a role in the team's victories," he said.

Tharanga cracked a brilliant 110, his sixth hundred in the ODI and second in the tournament, while Sangakkara scored a solid 80 to spearhead the Sri Lankan batting.

With Sri Lankans now making the cut for the main tournament, Jayawardene was asked whether he now considered his team one of the favourites.

"We have just played Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and we have a long way to go. We have to keep our standards up. We are yet to play the main teams. So, at this moment we do not consider ourselves favourites," he replied.

First Published: Oct 11, 2006 01:20 IST