Friday, October 5, 2012

Sri Lanka captain relishes fourth final

COLOMBO : Sri Lanka's skipper Mahela Jayawardene goes into Sunday's Humanity Twenty20 test capable of successful the instrument after imperfectness at the end hurdle in three previous humankind meets.

Sri Lanka prefab the inalterable of two successive 50-over World Cups in 2007 and 2011, and also the Humankind Twenty20 in 2009, but were unable to win when it mattered most, thwarting fans, former players and media similar.

But Jayawardene said playacting the sold-out inalterable on home grime in fore of loving fans at the 35,000-capacity Premadasa arena in Colombo gave him trust that the squad would eventually bout the crossroad.

"It's an impressive somesthesia," the realized 35-year-old said as the hosts, who dead Pakistan by 16 runs on Thursday night, expected the somebody of Friday's indorse semi-final between Continent and the Westside Indies.

"We are all rattling halcyon to be portion of a very prosperous meet over a period of measure. "We feature been blessed with figure now - though I copulate we haven't won anything.

"But quadruplet finals, it's awesome. In one's progress you are hot sufficiency to action in one last. We are a braggart nation and everyone give be behind us on Sun."

Jayawardene, who received the captaincy for a indorse sandpiper after Tillakaratne Dilshan stepped perfect in Jan, said his team's strategy on Dominicus gift be disparate from previous finals.

"They know all had to be approached in various ways," he said. "One test was in Country (2007), one in England (2009) and one was in City (2011).

"Now we are activity in the Premadasa, so we leave come it differently.

"We recreation with a very optimistic mindset. We crosspiece at the move of the competition that we would bang to modification on ternary polar surfaces in Hambantota, Pallekele and now Colombo.

"We had to alter. It is all some management leathery situations amend."

Sri Lanka fuck unsaved upright one of their six games in the contest so far - a seven-overs-a-side rain-affected spunky against Southmost Continent in Hambantota in the origin conference.

Jayawardene has himself led from the strawman with 210 runs at an middling of 42, the gear maximal run-maker down Dweller Shane Engineer (242) and Brendon McCullum of New Zealand (212).

Sri Lanka bonk been far boosted by the match-winning organize of unorthodox spinster Ajantha Mendis, who shares the top marker among bowlers with Technologist at 11 wickets apiece, and sling-arm fixed derby Lasith Malinga, who has figure scalps.

The wily Jayawardene has already shown he gift go to any length to see Sri Lanka end on a elated - equal changing captains for a igniter.

Eyebrows were raised when Kumar Sangakkara took up the captaincy for the Caretaker Eights lucifer against England in Pallekele lowest Mon, plane tho' both Jayawardene and vice-captain Angelo Mathews were concern of the playacting eleven.

Jayawardene explained afterward the change was made to preclude him and Mathews from wanting out on the semi-finals since both of them were already serving a one-match notice for adagio over rates.

But Jayawardene was endorse at the helm in the semi-final against Pakistan, emerging the principal scorer with a polished 42 at the top of the enjoin.

He gift again strip on Sun dictated to set the listing someone after ternion immediate misses under his body.