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We have to forget the Test series: Tharanga

Sri Lanka captain, Upul Tharanga was suspended for two ODIs after his side was ruled to be four overs short of its target against South Africa on Saturday.

Sri Lanka captain, Upul Tharanga was suspended for two ODIs after his side was ruled to be four overs short of its target against South Africa on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: AFP

Sri Lanka ODI skipper Upul Tharanga on Saturday said that they will have to quickly forget the 0-3 drubbing in the Test series and draw confidence from their win over India in the Champions Trophy.

“We have got to forget the Test series and the mistakes we made. We are heading for a new format and are looking forward to it. That’s the most important thing,” Tharanga said on the eve of the first ODI of the five-match series.

“India have been very consistent in the last three-four years. In comparison, we lack consistency and that has been a big drawback. Our fielding has been terrible. We have dropped catches.

“But we have the confidence having beaten India in the Champions Trophy (in June). No one thought that we would beat them. If you take the last series, our batting was also good,” the captain insisted.

India has rested their Test bowling line-up of Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav from the ODI squad. But, even with the less-experienced attack, India would start as the outright favourite.

“In their ODI side, Bhuvneshwar (Kumar) is their No. 1 bowler. They are without a few bowlers but it doesn’t make their attack any weaker. We cannot under-rate their attack.

They have done well in tournaments like IPL. We have to work hard and play well,” Tharanga said.

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