Mathews: We're good in pressure situations

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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is not overly worried about the pressure to win the ODI series against South Africa on Saturday, saying he and his players have dealt with worse and come out on top in the past six months.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is not overly worried about the pressure to win the ODI series against South Africa on Saturday, saying he and his players have dealt with worse and come out on top in the past six months.

The Asia Cup, World T20 and England tour victors pulled many a rabbit out of the baggy hat this year, and with the series level at one all going into the third ODI, Mathews was sure they can come up trumps again.

The Proteas won the first ODI by 75 runs, and then Sri Lanka drew level in the second, winning by 85 runs despite another Hashim Amla century. Mathews felt the momentum was with his side going to Hambantota.

Mathews said: "I think we don't have to do anything special. The way we handled their fast bowlers in the last two games was good. Their strength is pace but they have a couple of good spinners as well.

"In the last match, we played a good style of cricket, so we'll hope to do that again and win this match.

"We've been in this situation more often than not – to lose the first game and be under pressure to perform in the second and third games. We've been there so many times and we've overcome those situations as well.

"We normally do perform well under pressure. It's just a matter of absorbing it. We've done pretty well in the past six months and I hope the team will continue to do so.

"Our batting clicked in the last match, even though no one got a hundred, I thought everyone contributed in their own way."

Mathews also pondered the conditions in Hambantota, which is predicted to be windy on the day and both sides are inexperienced at playing night games at the ground. Mathews said they would be wary and alert.

He added: "The wind is quite strong, so you never really know how the wicket plays. It's the first time we're playing a day match here as well, and we have to adapt to that as cricketers.

"The pitch looks like it might play slow. No matter what the conditions are, we still have to play well."

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