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Chandimal hopes for 'miracles' in second Test

by Sahir Usman Nov 23, 2017 • 19:32 PM

Nagpur, Nov 23 - Buoyed by their draw at the Eden Gardens in the first match, Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on Thursday expressed confidence that they can do some "miracles" to win their first ever Test in India.

"If you take the Indian team, they are a very good side. It is a big challenge for us as a team to come here and win a game or a series. But I am sure we can do some miracle here," Chandimal told reporters ahead of the second rubber here.

"We have to do our basics right, stick to our game plans. In the middle, we have to execute our game plans. If we can do that we can put the Indians under pressure. We are looking at that as a team," he added.

Chandimal hoped veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath would come good on a turning VCA Stadium track which has less grass as compared to the Eden Gardens which was a green top.

Herath could bowl only eight overs across two innings in the first Test at Kolkata.

"On this wicket, (Rangana) Herath can be handy. On a green top at the Eden, he wasn't as effective," Chandimal said.

"There isn't much much grass like Kolkata. We saw so much of grass (covering on the pitch) at the Eden Gardens. This looks much lesser compared to Kolkata. 

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