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SL aim to sharpen skills in warm-up tie against Board President XI

by Sahir Usman Nov 10, 2017 • 15:28 PM

Kolkata, Nov 10 - Faced with the uphill task of scoring over a near-perfect India in their own lair, a young Sri Lanka side will look to sharpen their skills ahead of the opening Test here by playing a two-day warm-up tie against the Board President's XI at the Jadhavpur University 2nd campus ground here from Saturday.

Despite coming on the back of a surprise 2-0 Test series victory over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Dinesh Chandimal-led side will have to pull off a major heist if they want to get positives from the three-Test engagement on Indian soil.

Not long ago in August, Sri Lanka were blanked 0-9 across all-formats at home by a dominant India side.

From the Pakistan series, the visitors will miss the services of highly-rated top-order batsman Kusal Mendis, pacer Nuwan Pradeep and opener Kaushal Silva.

Pradeep is expected to be brought back for the limited overs clashes. All eyes will be on all-rounder Angelo Mathews, who is making a comeback to the Test team after being in and out of the side. 

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