Mahela Jayawardene is hungry for runs as the World Cup approaches the quarterfinal stage. "I got run out against Australia and scored two against Pakistan. I want to spend time in the middle and contribute with the bat," said the former Sri Lanka captain, about his personal target against New Zealand on Friday.
Three other Lankan games were against minnows, leaving an accomplished batsman with an incomplete feeling.
From the team perspective, he reasoned that victory will be the Lankan objective. "Winning is always a good habit to cultivate. The important thing is to concentrate against New Zealand and finish high up in our group and play whoever we have to play. Playing in a World Cup, you can’t pick and choose. I think we have prepared for this, knowing that we will go all the way and win it. For us to do that we have to play any team."