Saturday, 28 July 2012

Srilanka cautious about Indian challenges

The national cricket team’s confidence is high after a convincing nine wicket victory in the second ODI against India at Hambantota, with more than 30 over to spare, but vice-captain Angelo Mathews was cautious about the threat posed by the tourists, who have an excellent recent record, at the venue for today’s third ODI.

A full house is expected at the R. Premadasa Stadium and Mathews expected India to bounce back after a poor show in the last ODI. "Even though it was a convincing victory and we were good in all three departments, we can’t relax against the Indians, because they can come back hard at us," said Mathews.

India number three batsman Virat Kohli, prior to being dismissed for one in the second game at Hambantota, had a purple patch against the Sri Lankans, having smashed three successive centuries prior to that.

Mathews, the Sri Lankan vice-captain, said his side had plans against Kohli. "We have plans for individuals, but we don’t take them individually. All of India’s top six are capable of making big scores and we look at them as a unit."

Keywords – SriLankan Team cautious about Indian challenges, R Premadasa Stadium, Mathews the Sri Lankan vice-captain.

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