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Sri Lanka’s pride at stake in final India ODI

COLOMBO: Under-pressure Sri Lanka will be looking to restore their pride with a victory in the fifth and final one-day international against India starting here on Sunday. “A lot of international cricket is coming up, so we have to win this game to take the confidence into the next series (in Pakistan later this month),” the Sri Lankan captain said on Saturday.

“We have been trying different things in this series, but it has not worked for us. It’s a fresh game tomorrow and we will try our best to win it. It is a challenge for us and we just cannot give up.” Jayewardene hoped his team would put in a disciplined performance after making crucial mistakes in previous matches. “Everybody is looking forward to redeeming himself. Everybody is disappointed with the way we have played so far,” he said.

“We had our chances, but did not take them. We also dropped a few catches and we have to improve upon our fielding. Fielding is the one area where we had always been consistent.” Sri Lanka failed to match India in batting in all the matches, with opener Sanath Jayasuriya being the only player to score a hundred. Kumar Sangakkara was the most consistent, making half-centuries in the last two games. Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis also could not keep pressure on a strong Indian batting line-up, having so far picked only three wickets apiece.-SANA

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