Kieswetter expects England riposte
England are writing off yesterday’s defeat against India as a blip which will have no bearing on their prospects at the "business" end of the World Twenty20.
The defending champions were not at their best during a 90-run defeat at the Premadasa Stadium.
The key consolation, however, was that their less-than-stellar showing did not come in a Super Eight, or knockout, match, but a final Group A fixture which counted for nothing between two teams who had already qualified for the next stage.
Craig Kieswetter, for one - a survivor of England's successful campaign in this same tournament in the West Indies two years ago - is confident he and his team-mates will bear no scars when they head east to Kandy tomorrow.
There, three Super Eight matches await them at Pallekele - starting on Thursday.
Opener Kieswetter concedes there were lessons to be learned from England's misadventure under lights in Colombo.
"You've got to be more streetwise, be prepared to score ugly runs," he said. "What's done is done; we did what we needed to do and qualified - and now we're through to the business part of the competition.
"Now you'll see the good teams put their hands up and actually put up performances that really matter."
England are hoping, of course, they are one of those with potential to do just that – though Stuart Broad's men will have to improve against spin, in particular.
"It was a disappointing performance - we're human enough to say that and realise that obvious fact,” he added.
"We've played spin well; we've beaten Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan in the sub-continent before. It was just a bad performance.
"We're not getting too down about it. Confidence is still high; we're still playing some great cricket and we're pretty glad we've got that game out of the way at the best time possible."
It was not prodigious turn which did for England as off-spinner Harbhajan Singh returned career-best figures; but his deception and skill, combined with a surface that did not allow reaction time after batting misjudgements, were too much for a succession of batsmen.
"It's probably a good learning curve to have," added Kieswetter.
"It was actually a pretty good wicket. It didn't turn as much and we probably expected, and we played for a bit too much turn.
"The ball's a bit more unpredictable here - it either spins or it doesn't - it's not as predictable as in England.
"We've got to be adaptable to the wickets. Last night didn't really turn much, and we played across the line a bit too much. We should have played a bit straighter.
"We realise that; we've highlighted it and we're obviously going to learn from that."