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Sri Lanka One-Day International captain Upul Tharanga has stressed on the need to maintain the same intensity levels like the Test team in order to win the five-match series against Pakistan.

Sri Lanka overcame the hosts in the two-match Test series and hope to be consistent in the shorter format of the game as well with the first ODI starting in Dubai this evening.

Tharanga said “The test team had the hunger to perform well. The players who have come into the ODI side should have the same hunger to win. We didn’t win the Test series by planning for just one day. The plans were laid down days ahead and the players and support staff took a lot of pain to earn the success”.

Sri Lanka’s ODI form this year has been dismal having lost the last seven games; in 2017, after 21 games, Sri Lanka has won only four matches.

Meanwhile for Tharanga who has had issues with slow over-rates and suspended twice since June, another suspension before next June would mean that he will be banned for six games.

The ODI series will be followed by a three-match T20I series to conclude Sri Lanka’s assignment against Pakistan.

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