India's Virat Kohli
Picture Credit - India Nets - The Oval - June 7, 2017 India's Virat Kohli during nets Action Images via Reuters / Peter Cziborra Livepic

India must tighten up their fielding and be “ruthless” when they face Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy at the Oval on Thursday, skipper Virat Kohli said.

The defending champions opened their Group B account with an emphatic 124-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday, but drew criticism for their lacklustre fielding performance.

“Sometimes, starting with the tournament, creating momentum as a team, you can misfield, you can get overexcited,” Kohli told a news conference on Wednesday.

Kohli also told his team mates not to get carried away by the praise that has come their way since they beat Pakistan. Despite the occasional fielding error, India dominated the rain-shortened match.

Both India and South Africa have two points apiece having won their opening encounters, but India top the group thanks to their superior run rate.

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