India vs Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera says visitors under 'no pressure', will 'give 200 percent' to win series in Mohali

Perera said that there is no pressure on Sri Lanka after their win in Dharamsala in the first ODI.

PTI, December 12, 2017

Mohali: Sri Lanka produced a near flawless performance in Dharamsala and captain Thisara Perera is expecting an encore from his team in the second ODI to win their first series in India.

"It is a good opportunity to win the series. Not many teams have won series in India. We want to do something special like we did in Dharamsala," Perera said on the eve of the second match of the three-ODI series.

Mohali: Sri Lanka's captain Thisara Perera with team Manager Asanka Gurusinha during a practice session on the eve of the second ODI cricket match against India, in Mohali on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist (PTI12_12_2017_000122B)

Sri Lanka's captain Thisara Perera with team manager Asanka Gurusinha during a practice session. PTI

Adverse weather conditions in Dharamsala meant Sri Lanka had to spend an extra night in the hills and only arrived in Mohali in the morning. They arrived at the PCA Stadium late afternoon and practised amid cold and overcast conditions.

Asked if there is an added pressure on the Sri Lankan team, Perera replied in the negative.

"There is no pressure. It is another game for us. Everyone knows if we win tomorrow we will win the series. We will give our 200 percent," the all-rounder said before hinting that they would go with the same XI that beat India by seven wickets in the series opener.

The visitors are a confident lot, having ended their 12- match losing run in Dharamsala but they expect India to come back harder, just like they did against New Zealand last month after losing the opening game of the three-match series.

"Yes they can but we are focused on our job. It was good to win after 12 losses and we know if we can repeat that performance, we will win tomorrow," said Perera.

The Sri Lankan captain has the experience of playing at this ground, having represented Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

"It looks like a good batting track," he said referring to the surface, which was covered for major part of the day due to overnight rain.

Talking about the squad, Perera said only Dhananjaya de Silva has fitness issues.

"Only he is not fit out of the 15," said the skipper.

Asked about India not playing Ajinkya Rahane in Dharamsala on a pacer-friendly track, he said: "I am not an Indian selector, so I can't say why he did not play. Obviously, he is a good batsman. I can't say anything more than that.

Updated Date: Dec 12, 2017





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1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
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2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
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2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114