Good that we do not depend on favours: Mahela

Melbourne: His team`s prospects of reaching the tri-series final have been dented after the massive loss to India but Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene today said he is glad that at least the islanders` fortunes are still in their own hands unlike their sub-continental neighbours.

"Going in to the last game it`s in our control, what we need to do. It`s a good position for us to be, rather than depending on someone else to do some favours for us," Jayawardene said.

If Australia beat Sri Lanka in tomorrow`s last league match, India will be through to the best-of-three finals.

Sri Lanka were on course of a final berth before India left them demoralised by chasing 321 in less than 40 overs in their previous match.

"From where we started on this tour, I think we`ve improved as a team and maintained a consistency. That`s very important for us going forward," Jayawardene said.

"Whatever happens tomorrow we will definitely get a lot of positives out of this. Our challenge will be to try and keep this consistency going, because if we play the way we`re playing now … we`ll win more matches than we lose. We`re quite happy with that," he added.

Jayawardene said his team has good all-rounders which wouldbe crucial."Going forward we`ve always wanted to have two or three allrounders in a team. These guys are taking responsibility."

Angelo (Mathews) in the long run will probably be more of a batting allrounder than a bowling allrounder.

"Plus (Farveez) Maharoof is a guy who can bat as well and he`s bowling pretty well, he just needs to have a bit more confidence in his batting. All these three guys will be good options for us going forward. We just need a couple of spinning allrounders to come through and we`ll have a really good balanced team," he said.

Maharoof, however, won`t be available for tomorrow`s game due to lower back pain.
Talking about the match against India on Tuesday, Jayawardene said his bowlers erred in just going with the flow instead of experimenting.

"The (fast-bowling) guys did go to their strength, which is yorkers and stuff like that, but I think they (Indian batsmen) handled that pretty well," he said.

"We didn`t try too many things, that was probably due to the way the Indians were batting as well … we probably just went with the momentum rather than trying to change it in the middle.

"Those are areas in which we can improve as a team bowlers taking a bit more time and maybe having a bit more of a plan about what they want to do. Even if it`s something out of the box, something totally different, there`s no harm in trying something like that – which we didn`t do," he added.

"That`s something we`ve spoken about with the bowlers because you have to expect these kind of situations in the future, we have to be prepared. Every game is a learning curve for everyone."