Sri Lanka set to avenge loss
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara is confident his team can put Sunday's humiliating loss against India behind them and win the final.
By Rachel Griffiths
Last Updated: 12/01/10 1:19pm
Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara is confident his team can put Sunday's humiliating loss against India behind them and win the final of the triangular series.
Sangakkara's side were bowled out for just 213 in good batting conditions by India at Dhaka and slumped to an eight-wicket defeat as the home side chased down their target inside 33 overs.
"We performed poorly with the bat and in the field," said Sangakkara.
"But we have erased that performance from our minds and we will start afresh tomorrow.
"We have prepared for the final as best as we possibly can and we want to win."
Sangakkara won the toss in Sunday's game, but chose to experiment by batting first despite the evening dew factor.
However, the skipper believes if the players perform their roles well enough in the final on Wednesday, the toss will not be important.
"Of course, the side which bowls second can win if they post a big total and the bowlers stick to a tight line and length," said Sangakkara.
"India's bowling is a little weak and we have been putting pressure on their bowling for the last three months.
"However, India are not a side to be taken lightly and we have to play to our strengths."
Sangakkara believes his depleted team will do just that, and reserved special praise for bowler Suraj Randiv.
"Randiv has had an excellent tournament so far," he said.
"He is pushing for a regular place in the side, no doubt about that.
"It would be exciting to see him bowling alongside (Muttiah) Muralitharan when he returns to the team."