COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said Sunday that spinner Ajantha Mendis would come back strongly after getting just two wickets in as many matches against India in the ongoing one-day series. "We cannot ask a 23-year-old to pick four wickets in every game. I am sure Ajantha will bounce back. It is not a huge concern for me," said the Sri Lankan skipper, whose team trail 2-0 in the five-match series. The unorthodox spinner grabbed 19 wickets in his first six matches against India, including a 6-13 performance in his team's victory in the Asia Cup final in Karachi in July 2008. But he went wicketless for the first time against India in the opening game in Dambulla and took two in the second match here on Saturday, having so far conceded 91 runs in 20 overs. "Right now, they are playing him well. Let him learn. The batsmen also adjust themselves and then the bowlers try to change what they want to do and that's how they learn," said Jayawardene. "He is still bowling well and creating opportunities. He is probably not picking wickets because the batsmen are not taking too many risks against him." Mendis played a key role in his team's Test series victory against India at home last year when he captured 26 wickets - the best by any bowler in a debut three-match series. He also became the fastest to complete 50 one-day wickets recently, achieving the feat in 19 matches. He has so far bagged 61 wickets in 26 games. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said he was happy his team had not given too many wickets to Sri Lankan spinners Mendis and Muttiah Muralitharan in the first two one-dayers. "I won't say that our batsmen have got the better of the Sri Lankan spinners. There are still three more games to go. They are not getting wickets, but at the same time they are not giving away too many runs," said Dhoni. "We are cautious and targeting other bowlers. We are happy that we are not giving wickets to the spinners." Veteran off-spinner Muralitharan has taken just one wicket in two games and still needs two more to surpass former Pakistani fast bowler Wasim Akram's one-day record of 502. The Sri Lankan is also the world's leading bowler in Test cricket with 769 wickets in 125 matches. Muralitharan did not allow the Indian batsmen to score freely in the second match, giving away only 32 runs in 10 overs to help his team restrict the tourists to 256-9. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 241 despite Thilina Kandamby's unbeaten 93. "We made a few mistakes (on Saturday). But it's good that we never gave up and took the match into the last over after losing three early wickets (for 36 runs)," said Jayawardene. "I should have stayed a bit longer. It was a bit too much for Kandamby in the end." Jayawardene regained form with a solid 52 - his first half-century in 14 one-dayers. He kept his team's hopes alive with a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket with Kandamby. "I am feeling confident now after spending more time in the middle, but I am disappointed that I didn't finish the job for my team," said Jayawardene. The third one-dayer starts here on Tuesday.