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Dinesh Chandimal (right) has backed veteran spinner Rangana Herath to be effective on Nagpur track AFP (File Photo)

The opening Test at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata saw a fair amount of green grass top, with the seamers getting a lot of assistance. Moving on to the second test at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur, more or less a same track is expected to welcome the both sides. However, the assistance for pacers is expected to be slightly less in compared to that of Eden Gardens. Meanwhile, Dinesh Chandimal has backed veteran spinner Rangana Herath to be effective on this track, after he failed to make an impact in the opening Test. Chandimal also termed the Nagpur track as “good Test match wicket”. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 2nd Test at Nagpur

On Herath

“Rangana Herath is a wily old fox. On this wicket, he can be handy. On a green top at the Eden, he wasn’t as effective. There isn’t much much grass like Kolkata. We saw so much of grass [covering on the pitch] at the Eden Gardens. This looks much lesser compared to Kolkata. This looks like a good Test pitch. It’s a challenge for us as a team. We are looking forward for the game. The first few days will be good for batters. Then it might turn. That’s the kind of wickets I can think this one is,” said Chandimal during the pre-match press conference.

On the 2nd Test

“If you take the Indian team, they are a very good side. It is a big challenge for us as a team to come here and win a game or a series. But I am sure we can do some miracle here. We have to do our basics right, stick to our game plans. In the middle, we have to execute our game plans. If we can do that we can put the Indians under pressure. We are looking at that as a team.” Shankar hopeful of cementing a place in India’s starting XI

On the learning from the previous series

“We learned a lot from the last Indian series in Sri Lanka. The most important thing is we came here to win the series. Our attitude has changed. Our fielding also has made a huge difference. There is a lot of energy. We have looked at a six five combination or six four plus all-rounder. That’s the combination we are looking at. Most importantly, we have come here with a mindset to win a Test match.”

On Lahiru Gamage

“We have not decided on anything with regard to the side. Kolkata was his second game. His first Test was in Dubai and he did well against Pakistan. You can have a bad game. He is a good player. He has lots of experience having played quite a bit of domestic cricket. I am sure he will be a good asset especially when bowling on a wicket like this.”