We will be desperate to beat India: Mahela
Warm-up games or whatever, it doesn't count right now, said Mahela. The five-wicket defeat to India in a warm-up match ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy will have no significance when Sri Lanka square off against the same opponents in the semifinals, said Mahela Jayawardene. Jayawardene, who reached 11,000 ODI runs yesterday, said the defeat against India in a warm-up game in Birmingham on June 1 was history.
It's the semifinal, so looking forward to that," said Jayawardene. The Lankans beat Australia by 20 runs at The Oval on Monday to finish second in Group A.
Jayawardene scored an unbeaten 84 to win the Man of the Match award as Sri Lanka scored 253 for the loss of eight wickets in a must-win game. While defending, Nuwan Kulasekara took 3 for 42 and Rangana Herath scalped 2 for 48 to snuff out a late challenge by the Aussies.
The Lankans are traveling to Cardiff on Tuesday to play the tournament's second semifinal against India on Thursday. On Wednesday, England take on South Africa in the first semifinal at The Oval.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CricBuzz