The race for the best-of-three finals has got more interesting. Australia has 14 points from five matches and India, 10 from the same number of games. Sri Lanka, with seven from four, will be seeking to go past India when the two sides meet here on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was cautious with his words here despite India losing its captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the match.

“Dhoni is a match-winner and he has struck form. But we cannot be complacent because of his absence. India has some very big players and any of them could come good. We will have to play good cricket to win the match.”

Despite a sluggish start, Jayawardene felt his side had improved with every game. “The important thing now is to maintain that level of play and be more consistent. That's what we'll aim for in the next few games.”

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