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12-11-2009, 11:56 PM #1
Sri Lanka not to tinker with winning combination, hints Sangakkara
Sri Lanka's brilliant performance in the opening Twenty20 international is tempting the visitors to keep the same playing XI in tomorrow's match against India, captain Kumara Sangakkara said.
Sri Lanka registered a magnificent 29-run win in Nagpur and Sangakkara hinted that the team management would not like to change the winnings combination but added that the conditions will also be taken into account when the visitors decide on their playing squad tomorrow here.
''I am tempted to play the same playing XI which did a brilliant job in the last game. But we will take into account the conditions here before we finalise the playing XI for the match,'' Sangakkara told mediapersons today.
The Sri Lankan skipper was all praise for his teammates for the way they came back in the Twenty20 match after receiving a 0-2 drubbing at the hands of India in the three-Test series.
''The way the players regrouped was very impressive. The kind of enthusiasm they have shown is great and I always say that Twenty20 cricket should be enjoyed, whether you win or lose. It is with this attitude that we take the field,'' he added.
Sangakkara further asserted that in Twenty20 cricket, it is an even more difficult job to carry the momentum but he was sure that Sri Lanka would manage to do so when they take on India at the PCA stadium here tomorrw.
''It is more difficult to start afresh in T20 games. We will try to take the momentum into the next game. The bowlers come at you with a different plan. The batters also have a different plan to counter the bowlers. It is a question of coming up with new ideas, keep thinking and adjusting,'' he observed.
''We always have to come up with new ways to improve. Momentum is good as it gives us the confidence, self belief. It gives us the belief that we can repeat all the good things,'' he said.
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