Karunaratne and Co. aim to 'reverse a little pressure', play risk-free cricket

Karunaratne and Co. aim to ‘reverse a little pressure’, play risk-free cricket

The second test between India and Sri Lanka is a pink-ball contest, set to begin tomorrow. But this time around, the visitors’ have more of a chance than they had in Mohali. After all, the Chinnaswamy stadium has a very dry surface, making it spin-friendly, and Sri Lanka are known are for their spinners. It must be noted that they would enter the second test without the services of Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera. Also, their star batsman Pathum Nissanka is out owing to a back injury. Despite that, captain Karunaratne remains confident.

But he has a plan that backs up his confidence. Sri Lankans now know that they must have a stronger spin attack than they had in Mohali. They had just Lasith Embuldeniya as the frontline spin option, but Praveen Jayawickrama will now feature in the second test. Karunaratne hopes that even if India bat first, the pitch will offer enough assistance to the spinners that the kind of huge first-innings score that India put up in Mohali won’t be replicated.

Karunaratne believes the second test will turn out to be ‘quite different’

“We’ll have to play two spinners,” Karunaratne said. “In Bangalore you’ve got this black soil, and most likely it will turn a lot. It’s very dry. They’ve cut most of the grass off. Although it’s a pink-ball Test, we’ll probably go with two frontline spinners and Dhananjaya de Silva.”

“In the first match, we saw lots of turn from Ravindra Jadeja but didn’t see a lot of turn from R Ashwin, or Jayant Yadav. Because they had a huge total in the first innings, they put a lot of catching fielders in and attacked us. They didn’t use in-out fields. They wanted us to defend as much as possible. We wanted to try and spread the field by attacking.

“This match will be quite different. If we can reverse a little pressure and get an in-out field, we can play some more risk-free cricket and rotate the singles. We tried that in the past game, but because they were so far ahead in the game, it didn’t work.”

“This match will be quite different. If we can reverse a little pressure and get an in-out field, we can play some more risk-free cricket and rotate the singles. We tried that in the past game, but because they were so far ahead in the game, it didn’t work.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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