We will go all out to win the series: JayawardeneJanuary 18th, 2009 - 10:55 pm ICT by IANS
Karachi, Jan 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene declared Sunday that his team will go all out to win the three-match one-day series against hosts Pakistan that begins Jan 20.Just hours after landing in Karachi, Jayawardene said at a press conference that they are not bogged down by the security apprehensions that kept other leading teams away from Pakistan.
The Sri Lanka skipper also made it clear that his team was not under any kind of pressure after registering unconvincing wins over minnows Bangladesh in a recently-concluded tri-nation series.
Sri Lanka beat hosts Bangladesh in the final of the tournament that also involved Zimbabwe but not before losing five of their top batsmen for just six runs in a dramatic manner.
But Jayawardene said the important thing is that his side is winning.
“There is no pressure on us,” he said. “We are still winning matches and want to keep doing that in this series.”
Jayawardene made it clear that his team is here to fulfill an obligation.
“It is our duty to Pakistan because we know they did the same for us in the past,” he said.
Pakistan invited Sri Lanka for Tests and ODI after suffering a major setback when India cancelled its tour to the country that was scheduled for Jan-Feb.
When asked the about his expectations from his highly-rated spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis in the series, the captain made it clear that he doesn’t believe in individual roles.
“I’m not focusing on any particular players. It’s true that Ajantha and Murali are two very good bowlers but we have other players in the side who are good as well. We win as a team and we lose as team.”
Jayawardene, however, admitted his lean patch in the one-dayers is becoming a cause of concern. “My performance in one-dayers is a bit of concern. I have to perform my role as a batsman. It’s not that there is anything with my form because I’ve been scoring runs in Tests. But I’ve got to apply myself in the one-dayers.”
Jayawardene said he expects Pakistan to be tough opponents in the series that would see Karachi hosting back-to-back games Jan 20 and 21. The final would be held in Lahore Jan 24.
“For us Pakistan will always remain a competitive side. It does not matter whether they’ve played little cricket in the past. They have some real good individuals who can take the game away from you. I expect it to be a very good series.”