New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: Jeevan Mendis wants players to learn lesson from 1st ODI defeat

Shashi / 13 January 2015

On Sunday Sri Lanka all-rounder Jeevan Mendis has supported his team to learn lessions from their loss in the opening One Day International against New Zealand.

Sri Lankan cricketers would be back in just over a month’s time at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval when they face New Zealand in the opening match of the International Cricket Council World Cup on 14th February.

Jeevan Mendis feels that Sri Lanka could have got up to a sustainable total of 240 runs, if they had not lost 3 wickets in an over to New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan late in their innings.

Jeevan Mendis did a remarkable job as he teamed up with centurion Mahela Jayawardene to put on 45 for the 6th wicket. He went in to bat at 155-5 with 10 overs to go. He scored a 23 runs off 25 balls, but once he got out Sri Lanka lost flurry of wickets in the slog overs.

Jeevan Mendis said that it had given them with some intuition going into the World Cup opener. They would also consider what to hope from New Zealand wickets for the remainder of the 7 match One Day International series.

The all-rounder Jeevan Mendis claimed that the positive, aggressive thing is that Sri Lanka adjusted to the conditions and also added that they now know for the next match, the pitch was a bit soft when they started, but said that they thought if they got 240 runs on the score board it would be a good match.

Jeevan Mendis also claimed that it would take time to adjust to these pitches. He also stated that they are playing a 7 match series so it would help them to take the heat of World Cup.

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