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Lankans are tricky opponents: Dhoni

Hobart, Feb 25 (UNI) Ahead of their vital CB Series tie against Sri Lanka here tomorrow, a cautious Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has alerted his troops about the task, terming Sri Lanka ''very tricky'' opponents.

''We wouldn't like to wait for the result on February 29,'' Dhoni said. ''We would like to seal the match against Sri Lanka and not leave it to the last game between Australia and Sri Lanka.

This game is very important for us.'' It will be the final encounter between the South Asian opponents in the ongoing CB Series. While a defeat would knock the Lankans out of the tournament, a loss for India would mean they will have to wait for the result of Sri Lanka's next match against Australia.

Dhoni has to plug a few loopholes in his team, one of which is the failure of his opening pair, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag.

The other matter is that of fatigue. Some of the Indian players have been playing non-stop from the start of the Test series against Australia and India's inability to qualify for the finals means they have had no time to rest.

When asked whether a 36-hour break was enough for the team to bounce back after yesterday's game against Australia, Dhoni said, ''It's tough on guys like Ishant and Gautam, but we have some time to recover and we need them.'' Meanwhile, Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene was in a positive mood ahead of tomorrow's match.

''We have to win both the games. If we get our batting sorted out, we have a very good chance,'' he said. ''We need to concentrate first on getting the victory on Tuesday.'' UNI XC AB RKM RK1838

Story first published: Monday, February 25, 2008, 19:09 [IST]
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