Sri Lanka might have surrendered the five-match ODI series against India in the third game itself but former captain Mahela Jayawardene on Wednesday said that there was nothing to worry about their World Cup preparation as things are on track.
They may not have of an ideal preparation for the stop-gap five-ODI series against India but Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews on Saturday said that the short tournament would give the team's think-tank an opportunity to assess the bench strength ahead of next year's World Cup.
Sri Lankan players were working on their fitness during a break from international cricket when the Sri Lankan cricket board gave BCCI a nod to play a hastily scheduled five-match ODI series against India.
Dashing all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been named the captain of the Mumbai Indians after shoulder injury and fractured finger forced regular captain Rohit Sharma to pull-out of the upcoming Champions League T20, starting here from Saturday.
Mahela Jayawardene closed the curtain on an illustrious test career on Monday, leaving a huge gap in the Sri Lanka batting order as well as the dressing room, which the island country will find difficult to bridge.
The victory against Kings XI Punjab has brought them back in the play-offs mix but Mumbai Indians have no time to relax as they take on struggling Delhi Daredevils in another must-win IPL clash, here on Friday.
World champions Sri Lanka held off an England fightback to win by nine runs in a Twenty20 international at the Oval on Tuesday helped by an explosive innings from Thisara Perera and superb bowling from Lasith Malinga.
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey on Saturday praised Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Lasith Malinga and said the two overs from the Sri Lankan towards the end played a crucial part in stopping their winning wheel.