Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, P Sara Oval, 1st day August 3, 2010

Law confident Sri Lanka can reach 450

Sri Lanka assistant coach Stuart Law has said he is confident his team can reach 450 and put themselves in a good position to win the third and final test against India.

"If you look at the averages and what has happened in the past, 350-400 is a pretty good score," Law said. "If we try and bat as long as we can tomorrow, the way we play, who knows, 450 might be. The closer we get 500; it sets up for a good victory.

"This pitch looks like a more even contest between bat and ball. If you bat well, you score runs, if you bowl well, we have already seen balls flying past the edge to both seamers and spinners. So for me, it's going to be a more of a test for the skills of the batsmen."

Law was disappointed that Sri Lanka gifted the wickets of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara, but otherwise he was happy with his side's performance.

"Sanga still fells hurt for getting out the way he did. He's in superb touch at the moment. He was destined for another hundred or so it seemed today, till he got out for 75. That happens. The guy has scored a hundred in the first Test, 200 and 40 odd not out in the second Test and 75 today. You can probably excuse him, a lapse of concentration if you like.

"Dilshan was unfortunate. He's that sort of cricketer who wants to keep the game moving forward always. He thought there was a single that wasn't there. You can also count Mahela [Jayawardene] unlucky as well for being adjudged lbw," Law said.

"Our guys are playing well. We are a good team and we are tough to beat in Sri Lanka. Once the confidence was high since winning the first Test, our batsmen have revelled in these conditions. With our spin attack, coming towards the end of the Test match in the fourth innings bowling on it, we know they are going to get lot of assistance."