Thisara banking on familiar conditions

Thisara banking on familiar conditions

Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera  on Saturday  said they were well prepared for the ODI series decider against India and would look to do "something special" in conditions similar to those back home.

The three-match ODI series is tied 1-1.

"Definitely, Vizag is similar to Sri Lanka when it comes to weather and stuff. Mohali and Dharamsala were completely different. It was a total different story. We are well prepared. Here I hope we will be able to do something special as this is similar to what we find at home," he told reporters on the eve of the match.

"We had a good couple of training sessions. We are well prepared for the game ahead," he added.

Despite receiving a drubbing at the hand of the hosts in the previous ODI, Thirsara feels the pressure will be on India to win as they are the best team in the world.

"From our side we take it as just another game. Not thinking too much as to whether the series is at stake or whatever. We just want to play another game. India are the best team in the world and I am sure they will be under some sort of pressure," the Lanka skipper added.

Thisara  said the team management will take the final call on playing XI after looking at the wicket on Sunday.

"We will take a look at the wicket and stick to a 12-man squad and decide tomorrow," he said.

He played down the defeat in Mohali and the onslaught from India captain Rohit Sharma, backing his bowlers to bounce back.

"Our bowling didn't click and that was disappointing. But these things happen in cricket. We want to put that game aside and bounce back. We have some plans for Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan and now it is up to our bowlers to execute those plans. We will see what happens tomorrow," Perera said.

As for the pitch, Thisara said, it looked a bit dry and expected it to be on the slower side.

"The pitch looks a bit dry to me. There has been only one high scoring game in the past. Today and yesterday there's been good sunshine and I am sure there will be turn and the wicket will be slow," the Lanka captain said.

He said the plan was to take early wickets and  hit  the batting line-up that was without the inspirational Virat Kohli. The plan worked in Dharamsala but it backfired in Mohali. However,   he expects the bowlers to deliver the goods in Sunday's game.

"If you see we took two early wickets in Dharamsala and that enabled us to put more pressure on the Indian side. Their middle and lower order all of a sudden was under pressure. Our plan in to take early wickets in the first 20 overs and that will help us to put pressure on the opposition," Perera said.

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