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                                           Sri Lanka keen on cricket than mathematics

Lanka have not delved into complex arithmetic but have chosen to keep things simple and clean as they hope to make it into the finals of the Commonwealth Bank series Tri-Nation cricket tournament with a clear-cut victory over India today in Hobart rather than having to pursue hair splitting equations to seek the ways of moving forward.
“We're just going to take it as a normal game and try and win the game, that's our attitude” Jayawardane said on the eve of the crucial match in which Sri Lanka has a great chance to advance unless they lose by a huge margin that would offer a bonus point to the opponents.
There is a minor concern in the Sri Lanka camp over opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan who injured his finger at the nets yesterday but Jayawardane said he is likely to be fit to play today. The ex-skipper was sent for treatment from training last morning but returned later with a swelling which is expected to be healed by Tuesday. India must secure the four victory points and must get the bonus point as well if they are to keep any chances of making it to the best-of-three match finals alive.
Jayawardane obviously did not want to give away what had been planned by the Sri Lankan think-tank and claimed that they haven’t considered whether to go on the defensive yet, when he was asked if Sri Lanka would ask India to bat first in case of winning the toss to make it difficult for the opponents to secure the bonus point.
“I haven't thought that far ahead,” he said.
“We'll have a look at the wicket tomorrow, make a tactical call what we need to do” he added.
Indian skipper Mahender Singh Dhoni was happy that there was still a tiny chance for his team to hang onto, but said realistically it seemed a very slim opportunity.
"That would be saying I am very optimistic, seeing that we have not consistently done well with the bat, which means whatever the opposition scores we will have to score in 40 overs, which will be a very difficult task, but I am happy that at least there is a chance subject to some other game, but I would love to take it" Dhoni said yesterday.
However Jayawardene admitted that the world champions had the potential to be lethal and could rise to the occasion as something special was required of them today.
“They're a good side so you have to expect something different from them I'm sure because they need a big win” Jayawardane said.
Indian team has been embroiled in a few controversies to add to their poor showing during the tournament and the latest incidents came in their crucial loss to Australia on Sunday in Sydney.
Sri Lanka were also involved in a run-out controversy with India in a previous match when Lahiru Thirimanne was backing up too far before bowler Ravichandran Ashwin removed the bails at the non-striker’s end on his delivery stride and appealed. Indians subsequently withdrew the appeal and let Thrimanne continue but the incident later took controversial proportions after Indians lost the match. Jayawardane made it clear yesterday that he was no fan of controversies.
“A lot of things have been happening so hopefully the next few games we have, let's hope that there are no unwanted incidents” he said.
However Jayawardane was sympathetic towards Indians for what they enduring.
“I have to feel for them. It's been a long tour, especially when you're not winning it becomes a much longer tour” Jayawardane said.
Jayawardane also felt India had some genuine grievances regarding some on-field controversies.
“Some of the incidents have to be fair on the Indians” he said.
He particularly felt the not out decision David Hussey received when he handed the ball off to avoid being run out was a dicey one.
 “Hussey's incident, it could have gone either way” said Jayawardane diplomatically possibly with the ICC ruling that prohibits players to criticize umpire decisions in the back of his mind.
Hussey went onto make a crucial half century just as Thirimanne did for Sri Lanka after the incident. Sachin Tendulkar’s run out when bowler Brett Lee seemed to have obstructed the batsman’s path was also criticized by Dhoni after the Sydney match. Tendulkar had been waiting for his would be epic achievement of 100 international centuries for long time and Jayawardane did not rule out the possibility of the legend reaching the mark today.
”You never know, I've played against him on so many occasions, he's produced some brilliant individual performances” he said.