Have to stop run-machine Kohli: Jayawardene

Jul 24, 2012, 07:24 IST | A Correspondent

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene said yesterday his team must devise as well as execute a gameplan to stop India vice-captain Virat Kohli from amassing more runs.

Kohli scored a century in the first ODI to help India put a mammoth score of 314-6 against Sri Lanka. Jayawardene said it is important to dismiss Kohli early. “Initially we picked his wicket early.

Mahela Jayawardene

But like any good player, he has come up with a gameplan and is executing that pretty well. He has got more confident against our bowling attack,” Jayawardene told reporters on the eve of the second ODI here. 

“The challenge is now for our bowlers to execute a gameplan against him,” he said. India opener Virender Sehwag was full praise of first match centurion Kohli. “He is a very talented player and has a bright future.

The last laugh: Vice-captain Virat Kohli and skipper MS Dhoni (right) share a light moment during a training session yesterday. Pic/AFP

The best thing about his batting is that he plays every delivery on its merit,” said Sehwag complimenting his Delhi teammate. Meanwhile, Sehwag, who made an impressive return to international cricket after shoulder injury lay-off, was not too concerned about missing his ton in the first ODI but would like to score one in today’s game.

“It’s not important whether I get a big score or not but if I can give a good start and add around 50 to 100 runs for the first wicket, it helps the team. As far as my individual performance is concerned, I hope that I will score one in the next match,” said the explosive right-hander on the eve of the game. Nuwan Pradeep was included as a replacement for injured fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera. 

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