Aussies won't be derailed by loss to Lanka: Ponting

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Melbourne, Mar 1 (UNI) Putting up a brave face despite the loss to Sri Lanka, Australian captain Ricky Ponting said his team was totally focussed on the finals of Commonwealth Bank Series against India starting tomorrow.

''We are focussed on Sunday's game. If we had won today, there would have been more momentum in our favour. But we would be sharp and switched on for Sunday,'' Ponting told mediapersons after the defeat to Sri Lanka here yesterday.

The 33-year-old praised the Lankans, who notched up their first victory against the hosts in the ongoing tri-series.

''220 was a challenging target. Sri Lanka bowled well and took their chances,'' he said.

The Aussie captain also complimented retiring wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist for his quick-fire 83 off 78 balls which, at one point, seemed to take Australia to an easy victory.

''There was a little bit on the surface. While chasing runs, you cannot afford to lose wickets. But Gilly played really well. He struck the ball beautifully and it is good for him to be in great form going into the finals,'' he said.

Ponting said the toss will be crucial in the best of three finals against India who he felt had an advantage due to the additional few days of practice which they have got.

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