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POST TIME: 10 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Chandika plans to grind down Tigers in T20 series
Sports Reporter

Chandika plans to grind down Tigers in T20 series

Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has shifted his focus on the next Twenty20 International series, the tour-ending series of the Sri Lanka, from Test series before the conclusion of the second and last Test of the two-Test series against the hosts Bangladesh.

The two-match T20I series, the first of which will be held at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur on February 15 and the second and last 20-over affair will be played at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS) in Sylhet on February 18.

Taking it in mind, the visiting coach thinks that the ongoing Test match will not be rolled onto the fifth and final day, even if, it may not go into the fourth day and that the tourists are going to surely win the Test series 1-0 against the home side.

And so, Hathurusingha is formulating his game plan for the next T20 International series how they could grind down the wounded Tigers at their home yard.

During the Sri Lanka’s second innings on the second day, Hathurusingha went at the BCB-National Academy Cricket (NCA) Ground with the available players of T20 squad including Upul Tharanga, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Amila Aponso, Jeevan Mendis and Asitha Fernando. He worked with them for a longer period at net session. Therefore, he briefed them by holding a discussion with coaching staffs including Thilan Samaraweera.

Sri Lanka had arrived here in Bangladesh to play Tri-nation series in January 13, two days before the team-team competition. Sri Lanka though made a calamitous start clinched trophy of the seven-match tournament beating Bangladesh in the lopsided final showdown.

Sri Lanka T20 squad: Dinesh Chandimal (c), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Janith Perera, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Madushanka, Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Jeevan Mendis and Asitha Fernando.