Chandimal: 'If we play well against India, the results should come our way'

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said he wanted to take the confidence from the triumph over Pakistan into the Test series against India.

Dinesh Chandimal addresses the media in Kolkata on Wednesday.   -  PTI

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said he wanted to take the confidence from the triumph over Pakistan into the Test series against India.

He said here on Wednesday, “We are looking at taking the positives from that series into the matches here. We know India is the No. 1 Test side in the world. They are a very strong opposition. But if we play well, the results should come our way.”

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The Lankans played five bowlers in the Test series win over Pakistan in the UAE. Chandimal indicated his side would continue to feature five bowlers. “We realised that if we wanted to win Test matches, take 20 wickets, we needed to pick five bowlers.”

Although Angelo Mathews would, owing to fitness issues, no longer bowl his seamers in Tests, Chandimal welcomed the former Sri Lankan captain back the side. “He has done so well for us in the past. He brings a lot to the table as a specialist batsman.”

Talking about the rain here, Chandimal said, “You cannot control the weather. But once we get on the field, we want to be at our best.”

There have been occasions in the past when Sri Lanka has put down what eventually turned out to be critical catches. In this context, Chandimal said, “We want to field and catch well, maintain our energy levels over five days.”

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