Mumbai: Sri Lankan team is oozing with confidence ahead of the World Cup final against India and middle-order batsman Mahela Jayawardene feels the win over New Zealand in the last-four stage was pivotal for the team.

"We are very confident going into the game on Saturday. The guys are really excited. We batted brilliantly and were positive in our approach (in the semi-final at Colombo on March 29), but we had wobbled in a couple of overs where they put some pressure on us," he said.

"The guys came out very well, but you need that kind of games under your belt going into the best part of the tournament," said the former Lanka skipper ahead of the first all-Asian final in the tournament''s 36-year-old history.

"We had a very good chat how we are going to approach the final. For a lot of players it was a dream to play for Sri Lanka and now they are on the verge of winning the World Cup," the 33-year-old stylish batsman remarked.

"We are quite happy overall if you take the tournament. We have handled situations very well, something spoken about. The bowlers, batsmen and everyone has risen to the occasion," said Jayawardene, who led the team to the final of the last edition in the West Indies, where they lost to Australia.

While Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a few other players, prior to the tournament, said that they would want to win the coveted title for the team''s elder statesman Sachin Tendulkar, Sri Lanka do not carry similar sentiments for their own iconic cricketer Mutthiah Muralitharan, Jayawardene said.

(Agencies)