Sri Lanka have learnt from India’s success – Chandimal

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Australian captain Tim Paine and Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal 



By Pathum Sri Wijeratne reporting from Australia 

Sri Lanka and Australia will play in the first day/night Test between the two teams when their series begins at the Gabba Stadium in Brisbane today (24).
The match would begin at 8.30 a.m. Sri Lanka time. 

This series is played for the Warne-Murali Trophy which celebrates the contribution of the two legendary spinners. 

Both teams are presently unbeaten in the day/night Tests they have played so far. Sri Lanka have won two day/night Tests and the Australian Team have won four. 

Sri Lanka beat the West Indies by four wickets and Pakistan by 68 runs, while Australia have won day/night Tests against New Zealand (by three wickets), South Africa (by seven wickets), Pakistan (by 39 runs) and England (by 120 runs). 

LATE-CITY-DM-16-28Sri Lanka have played 13 Tests in Australia and are yet to win a match, having also lost 11 of those encounters. The onus now lies on Captain Dinesh Chandimal to change this scenario. 

Speaking at a news briefing yesterday Chandimal said: “To win a Test series in Australia would be a great achievement and a dream come true.” 

Speaking further he said: “The final eleven had not been selected yet. We have not yet looked at the pitch. We have two options. One is to have seven batsmen with four pacemen and the other is to play seven batsmen with three pacemen and one spinner.” 

“We have one plus point in the absence of Shaun Marsh in the Australian Team, and another is our Coach Chandika Hathurusingha who has been staying in Australia for quite some time. He had coached the New South Wales Team and has a good overall knowledge of the ground situation here.” 

“Unlike in Hobart the pitch is different because there is a lot of swing in Brisbane. Our four pacemen Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Dushmantha Chameera and Kasun Rajitha are all bowling well. If we get the chance of capturing early wickets it will be very advantageous for us,” he said. 

Chandimal said they had taken some cues from India’s recent success in Australia. 

“We have observed certain tactics adopted by the Indian Team and we have taken a cue from them. To beat Australia we need to be at 200 percent. We have played two matches with the pink ball and won both. We are aware that the pitches in Australia are a challenge to us but we are getting a chance to excel in our performances,” he also said. 

A change at the top of order is on the cards, Chandimal said, with Dimuth Karunaratne opening with Lahiru Thirimanne. 

Australia had taken part in 59 Test matches in Brisbane and had won 38 matches, lost eight and drawn 13. 

The two teams first played a Test in 1982/83 and have played 29 in total. 17 of these matches had been won by Australian and four by Sri Lankan. 

Eight matches had ended without a result. The last Test played by Sri Lanka against Australia in Brisbane was in 2007 and Australia won this match by innings and 40 runs.