Dimuth Karunaratne, the captain of Sri Lanka, says that his team wants to win the series and that the pitch is not as they expected. ''We always play a game to win," Karunaratne said on the eve of the second Test, as quoted by cricbuzz "So we all plan to do our best to win the game and win a series.
We did not get what we expected from the previous pitch. The bowlers did not have enough support to take 20 wickets and win." "It is very difficult to set the wicket to suit fast bowlers most of the time. Because most of the time the wickets contribute to the batsmen."
"Our batsmen are in good spirits because they were among the scorers. So we back the spinners and we try to win the match. Unfortunately the turf disrupted their game, but this time it could have been different ''In the first match we all know that we got the right pitch for the batsmen.
But we wanted a different kind of turf. But unfortunately it took a different turn." "But in this match we hope to give a 50-50 wicket most of the time because it will be a wicket that will suit the batsmen in the first few days and contribute to spin most of the next three days.
" "That is what is expected. I don't think fast bowlers like spinners can make a big contribution to this wicket. So we expect to have three spinners and two fast bowlers."
It looks like Sri Lanka will try with two off-spinners, so they would wait for Iqbal to turn the match around.
''We might have both Dhananjaya de Silva and Ramesh Mendis in the team, so we'd have two offspinners, and in the last few series Tamim hasn't played offspinners that well." "The first five or ten overs, Suranga Lakmal also has a good chance of getting him out.
The way Tamim plays, there are lbw opportunities. So we've got plans like that. If that doesn't work, we'll try to get him into a defensive mode,'' said Karunaratne. Tamim Iqbal should have a more defensive role in his team this time "Tamim scores quickly and really tries to unsettle the bowlers and put them under pressure.
It's possible that if we try to reduce his rate of scoring, the chances of him making a mistake are higher." "In the first Test we tried very hard to get him out, and what happened was that we leaked a lot of runs.
In this match we're planning to close up his big scoring areas and get him to play more defensively." "When he attacks more, we do give away a lot of runs, and it's hard for us to recover,'' he added.