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Lankans mulling different combination for India challenge

by Saurabh Sharma Nov 09, 2017 • 21:39 PM

Kolkata, Nov 9 (Cricketnmore) Still looking for their first Test win on Indian soil even after 17 matches, the visiting Sri Lankan cricket team were mulling a four bowler plus and all rounder option in a possible change from the five bowler strategy that paid them handsome dividends in the recent engagements against Pakistan.

"Against Pakistan we played six batsmen and five bowlers. That played out very well specially in that heat (of UAE). Never is it easy to play four bowlers and win. That is the combination we are looking at.

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"But if you are playing against India, they have some great bowlers... so we have to think about some all rounder position. We haven't selected anything. After seeing the pitch, we will come up with our plans," Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal said at a press conference here on Thursday, a day after setting foot on Indian soil.

After a poor show against India earlier this year, the islanders had raised their game by several notches opposite Pakistan to win the Test series 2-0. However, Pakistan had come back hard to take the 50-over ODI series 5-0.

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Sri Lanka are scheduled to play three Test matches, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals over the next one and a half months in India.

Acknowledging that the India tour was a big challenge for his new-look side, Chandimal said the boys were confident after the good show against Pakistan and hope to execute their plans to put it across to their strong opponents.

However, he was not prepared to call it a revenge series.

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