Sri Lanka hoping for a miracle in Australia Test series
Sri Lanka have closely studied the way India defeated Australia in their recent Test series, but captain Dinesh Chandimal said Wednesday his side will still need a miracle to do the same.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Thursday’s opening Test at the Gabba, Chandimal was cautious when asked about Sri Lanka’s chances.
“It’s definitely a challenge for us, and if you can take this challenge — and as a batsman or as a bowler you give it your best shot and give 200 percent to the team — we can do a miracle here,” he said.
“That’s what we want to do as a team, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”
Chandimal said he had kept a close eye on the “outstanding cricket” played by India in their first Test series win in Australia, which wrapped up earlier this month.
“When India were bowling between 40 and 80 overs they didn’t give any runs away in that period. They kept it at under three an over. That’s the area where I think they won the series,” he said.
“If we want to win a game that is the area we’ll have to improve, and we’re aware of that.”
The Sri Lankan skipper said he wasn’t perturbed by the notoriously fast and bouncy Gabba wicket.
“When you look at the pitch you can see a lot of grass on the wicket,” he said.
“We have got really good fast bowlers — Suranga (Lakmal), Lahiru Kumara, (Dushmantha) Chameera. Kumar can bowl over 140 (kilometres per hour) — so that’s a real plus,” he added.
Chandimal said he wanted to make history and become the first Sri Lankan captain to win a Test series in Australia, but wouldn’t take his opponents lightly.
“We never underestimate the Australians,” he said.
“They have some really good players, but in their batting unit they are missing a lot of experienced players. So if we can get early wickets we can put them under pressure.”
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This is Gabba….Australia will score more than 600! SL will get out around 120 runs. Butter fingers will drop
catches. We lose by an innings! that is my prediction. Sorry guys. Sri Lankan team has to play Chuck Gudu first.
Everyhing is wrong with SL cricket.
The Coach Hathuru is earning a couple of million LKR’s per month does not have a clue how to improve performance.
The Minister, Google Balloon Fernando, does not know what he is doing. BTW he wanted to bring the Google Balloon to SL based on the advice of an SL IT Conman based in Silicon valley.
Google Balloon Fernando has also been the telecom Minister for long. But the King’s brother is the telecom boss selling Bandwidth to Kili M and Chathur** of Janadhipathi Appachchi fame.
Chandimal, friend, world cup is coming, can you survive round 1?
yes ,very good comments
first our tram should prove by beating
all women’s cricket teams
all non trust status nations
we,cannot reach moon but talking about reaching Pluto
Innings defeat in Gabba, 1st test, my dear Citizens,
Where is Hathurusighe, the brilliant coach? I s he writing Progress Report? because he is paid USD 10k for each Progress report !)
Where is the hon UNP Minister, Mr Google Balloon Fernando? is he at temple Trees? farting?
World cup is coming; we will be out in Round 1 losing to Bangladesh!!!
Innings defeat in Gabba in 1st test !!!
Where is the coach, Hathurusinghe and where is UNP Star Miniister, Harin ‘Google Balloon’ Fernando?
All earning billions of taxpayer funds mates, Google Ferdinand almost billionaire!
Guys see the first comment made by me. I predicted exactly what will happen. Please tie More Pirith Nools, draw more crosses on the chest.