India raring to make amend in ODIs

Updated: 18 August 2008 08:57 IST

Dhoni's men may not have the solution to the Mendis mystery but then they are in Dambulla to add some colour and glamour to the 50 over game.

India raring to make amend in ODIs

Dambulla:

Dhoni's men may not have the solution to the Mendis mystery but then they are in Dambulla to add some colour and glamour to the 50-over game.

But Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene won't be taking his eyes off Ajantha Mendis. It is focus that has helped him score 310 runs in the six innings in the Test series with an average of over 50. For the opponents of the Indians though it's not going to be just about Mendis.

"Ajantha is just a trump card that we have, an attacking option that we have but we have so many others look at the innings that Sanath played in Asia Cup final or Kumar in the match before that," said Jayawardene.

But the Lankans, who have lost two of their last three one-day series at home, are hardly relying on Mendis alone.

With Sanath Jayasuriya back in the one-day side and Sangakkara in great nick. Sri Lanka seem to have their house in order a situation the Indians know they will have to disrupt.

"It's very important to not to let them make a good start. These are the kind of batsmen, who will take chances, so trying to restrict them will be a good option. Then they will commit mistakes," said Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

But India can't just be sitting, waiting for Lanka to make a mistake. They will have to improve on its previous mistakes at Dambulla, having lost to Sri Lanka in all the three games they've played and will have to ensure that their bowlers do better than during the Asia Cup.

India may have never won a game at Dambulla against Sri Lanka but past records are unlikely to bother Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

With a virtually new team, under a new captain, the Indian team will be looking to turn its fortunes around from the Test series and begin their campaign for the one-day series at this very picturesque stadium on a winning note.







Topics : Cricket India
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