Hambantota, Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardena said that the fact that his team is going into the five-match One-Day International series after a full series against Pakistan, and that India are approaching the same showdown with a break of a month-and-a-half, could be a double-edged sword.
"It works in two ways," said Jayawardena. "One would be that, yes we have had the match practice and the guys are in pretty good form, we will try and continue that. For the Indians, it's a different story, they have to get back to a rhythm. On the other hand, they are fresher than us after us going through six months of continuous cricket. Our challenge would be to try and beat them on the field with the energy. If we can do that, we can probably win 25 percent of the battle."
Sri Lanka split the Twenty20 International series against Pakistan 1-1, won the ODI series 3-1 and took the Test series 1-0, results that Jayawardena hopes to build on over the next two-and-a-half weeks. "I am quite happy with the way we finished off the Pakistan series. But we are playing a different opponent. We need to make sure we keep continuing to put in the hard work of the last 12 months," said Jayawardena. "The younger guys have put their hand up, they have identified their roles, they're comfortable with what they are doing. We encourage them to do the same and the rest of the guys try and execute the game plan as we come up with it."