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WE CANalt39T TAKE INDIA LIGHTLY, SAYS MAHELA

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BRISBANE: Though keen to take advantage of India captain Mahendra Singh Dhonis absence from the team due to slow over- rate ban, Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene said his side would not take the opposition lightly in the triangular series ma

tch here today.

‘Dhoni is in good form and he is a match winner. But they have also got some really big players. We canalt39t be complacent. We will focus on the entire Indian team and try and execute a good game plan. I think we didnalt39t have a good start but we have improved as a team in every game,’said Jayawardene.

‘Our guys have been bowling pretty well. They are hitting good areas and adjusting to different surfaces so I feel they will give their best on this wicket as well,’he added.


Jayawardene also said that the Lankans would be looking to capitalise on the fact that India suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Australia last night.

‘Its a great opportunity for us and like I said, our goal is to get into the fianls… there are four games left and rather than waiting for the results, if we can control our destiny ( then) thats what we need to do,’he said on the eve of the One- Dayer here.

‘We try to make tactical changes to see what fits for us. We made a move to make sure we got a good start, which we never had in the first few games. That seems to work but you never know. I will see how it goes,’said Jayawardene.

‘We have got good 14- 15 players who we can pick depending on what combinations we are playing and against the opponent. We come up with a game plan and try and execute it so everyone is ready to play and everyone understands that policy. I have asked all the batsmen to be flexible, batting at different positions. I think with the two new balls and given the powerplays and all, everyone has to do that. Trying to create a situation where everyone is very comfortable batting at different positions,’he added.

Jayawardene has so far been brilliant as a tactician and seems to be enjoying his second innings as skipper, but he said that he has not yet made long- term plans.

‘I have definitely lost a lot of my hair though but Ialt39ll see. I am taking a few months at a time and see how it goes. I have taken the captaincy for 12 months but it all depends on my form, whether I really want to push myself, enjoy myself playing cricket. I havenalt39t made long- term plans.’