Kirsten eager to wrap up series

Updated: 02 February 2009 13:47 IST

India coach Gary Kirsten on Monday said they are keen to keep the momentum going as they look to clinch the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Kirsten eager to wrap up series

Colombo:

His boys are on a roll with seven consecutive victories and India coach Gary Kirsten on Monday said they are keen to keep the momentum going as they look to clinch the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, here on Tuesday.

India are up 2-0 in the series and victory in tomorrow's third match will round off things quickly.

"Yes, it would be nice if we could finish off the series as quickly as possible," Kirsten said.

"We know we have a lot of work to do but the momentum is with us at the moment. We just have to focus on what we have been doing and give us the best chance of winning the next match," he said at the pre-match press conference.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had also said after the second match that the visitors would love to wrap up the series and rest some of the key players.

Sri Lanka were found wanting in most departments of the game in the previous two matches but captain Mahela Jayawardene said his side was capable of raising their game.

"We have been in this situation before. We have to raise our performance. The boys understand the situation, the mistakes they had made," Jayawardene said.

"We have to be a bit more consistent and play an all-round game. You can't keep making mistakes especially when you are playing against a good team. We know tomorrow's match is very crucial," the Sri Lanka skipper said.

Jayawardene said his team needed to put more pressure on the visitors, who are on a roll after winning their last seven one-dayers, and to do that his openers will have to fire in the remaining three matches.

"Their confidence is pretty high because they have been consistent in the last six months. That's something probably what we lack. We have to put pressure on them.

" (Sanath)Jayasuriya and (Tillakaratne) Dilshan are capable of batting according to the situation. Dilshan went for a few shots which did not come off, but he can get a big hundred which he showed in Pakistan. We know the talent they have got," said the skipper.



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