Eurosport – Angelo Mathews is determined to guide Sri Lanka into the Champions Trophy final
Sri Lanka were denied the global 50-over title in 2011 when India claimed a six-wicket victory in Mumbai, and have lost seven of the 10 one-day internationals the teams have played since.
But Mathews said: “There’s no room for revenge in sport, but if we can beat the Indians, I think it’ll be a great achievement for the whole team,”
He added: “We still have thoughts about the World Cup final, and the recent history against them is not very good for Sri Lanka.
“But I think the past is the past and we need to move on with the present situation.
“The past history has not been very good for Sri Lanka, but hopefully once again we are in very good mental and physical condition for tomorrow’s game, so hopefully we can beat India.
“We don’t need to sort of have any special chat about tomorrow’s game. But we need to do our thing right and our basics the way we do it.
“India is a very strong team to beat and they’ve got a good batting line-up. They are a good balanced team, and I think we need to play positive cricket.
“The weather is not in our control, but apparently it’s going to rain quite a bit, but we need to try and control the things that we can control – batting, bowling and fielding.
“We will try and do our best in that and try and win.”