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Jayawardene turns sight on India series

After the 2-1 one-day series win over Pakistan,Sri Lanka skipper Jayawardene has now turned his sight on India.

After the 2-1 one-day series win over Pakistan,Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene has now turned his sight on India and said his side was keen to avenge their home loss against Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men last year.

The Sri Lankans went down 2-3 to India in the one-day series and Jayawardene didn’t mince words when he said they were looking to turn things around when Dhoni’s team tours the island nation for a five-match series starting Wednesday.

“The defeat to India hurt us badly and we are now looking forward to turning things around this time,” Jayawardene said on Sunday before leaving Pakistan.

The captain though cautioned his players that India would be a tougher opponent than Pakistan.

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“India is shaping up well in both forms of the game. We beat them in Tests but lost the one-day matches,so it would be a good series and we would try to keep the momentum going,” he said.

Jayawardene was happy with the way his team performed against Pakistan.

“It has been a good series for us in Pakistan and the players showed lot of character coming back from defeat in the first match.

“The batting has also started to click so it’s a good sign and progress before we take on India,” he said.

The skipper agreed that if Sri Lanka have to beat India their batting will have to be consistent throughout the series.

“We have had problem with consistency with our batting in recent series being bowled out for low totals. But the good thing is we still managed to win and that shows the character in the team,” Jayawardene said.

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