Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Colombo June 12, 2012

'Up to us to challenge ourselves' - Jayawardene

Sri Lanka may not have beaten Pakistan in the last five one-dayers the teams have played at the R Premadasa Stadium, but the hosts' captain, Mahela Jayawardene, is confident of his team doing well in Wednesday's ODI. The way Sri Lanka performed in the second match - winning by 76 runs - following the thumping they received in the first, he said, demonstrated the team's character.

"We haven't played that well against Pakistan [at the R Premadasa Stadium]. It's up to us to challenge ourselves," Jayawardene said. "Pakistan are a quality team. The bowling unit, with the variations they have, has the fire power to play in any conditions, that that is why they are successful in these conditions.

"But the way we played in the first ODI, I thought the guys showed lot of character in the second game when we bounced back. We need to make sure that we [continue to] play to our strength. Like in the last game, we will be challenged in certain situations and we need to handle those situations well. If we do that successfully, the results will be in our favour."

Jayawardene said he was pleased with Sri Lanka's all-round show in Saturday's game. "Against a quality bowling side, we had batting plans and that worked. I thought we put in a disciplined effort with the ball. If we can be aggressive, that's good.

Sri Lanka go into the next game with a tweaked squad; Rangana Herath has been rested for the final three ODIs, and uncapped left-arm spinner Sajeewa Weerakoon has been included in his place. However, Jayawardene said, they were yet to decide on the playing XI.

"We just have to assess the pitch. It looks good from outside. The two side wickets we played on were pretty good. The tracks that we played the last few games on favoured the quicks. You just need to work it out in the middle.

"[In the last match] we were very flexible. Upul [Tharanga] batted well and that set us a good solid platform. We don't want to change too many things quickly. With a right-hand/left-hand combination [opening the batting], we can change the [opposition bowlers'] line, which is good."

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  • Shaikh on June 13, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    Shoiab malik playing in Dlehi for Local Club. He deserve top play club matches not INT . Dont recall him .

  • sanath on June 13, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    There is very Simple pattern @ Premadasa. it is win the toss and win the match.Check all the four time sri lanka loss in last five matches , sri lanka lost the toss.

  • Saood on June 12, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Wow Shoaib Malik and Kamran akmal are about the worst players in the Pakistani side, Shoaib Malik cannot score even against Bangladesh and Kamran Akmal single handedly costs us matches and you want him in the team? Yunis needs to retire from ODIs i agree but we are not ready for life without Misbah yet, we have no anchor batsmen in this team that can stay at the wicket and let the game come to them except Misbah, till that happens, keep Misbah.

  • Omarr on June 12, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Kamran and Razzaq. These 2 are needed. Period.

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    pakistan should consider shoib malik and kamran akmal back in the team

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    hope the rain stay away................

  • Dummy4 on June 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Misbah and Younis are not suited for ODIs and T20s that's why Pakistan lose when they shouldn't.

  • Prashan on June 12, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Please play 2 spinners tomorrow as R Premadasa is a spinner's wicket. Play Sachithra Senanayake for Rangana Herath and play Sajeewa Weerakoon for Dinesh Chandimal.

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