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Dinesh Chandimal (left) and Angelo Mathews Getty Images (File Photo)

Sri Lanka are already under pressure after India annihilated them 9-0 during their tour in Lanka a few months back. However, they want to brush memories of that debacle aside and make a fresh start to their return campaign against India at the first of the three-Test series at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday. Sri Lanka feel they need to deliver with the bat, while skipper Dinesh Chandimal has claimed they are backing themselves on the experience of Angelo Mathews to turn things around. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Sri Lanka 2017-18, 1st Test at Eden Gardens

On Mathews experience

He gives us confidence as a batting unit. He will bat at number four. He has all the experience and at the top of the order and we will get maximum out of it … He was unbelievable in 2013-14. Hope he will put his hands up and do best. We will miss Mathews as a bowler as he gives us more confidence and can balance the side really well. Unfortunately with his injury he can t bowl in Tests, said Chandimal during the pre-match press conference at Kolkata on Wednesday.

On Eden Gardens conditions

In our last series here, we played really good against their seamers. We are confident to play on the grassy conditions and bouncy pitches. We are more than capable of playing in this kind of conditions. We need to get a good start, especially the top four and then we can continue. IND vs SL: Kohli talks about balancing fans engagement and keeping players fresh

On the 0-9 annihilation

They have been outstanding. They have done a lot of hard work on and off the field. They are really good as a team in every format. They look really balanced. We all know India are the number one side at the moment in Tests. They have played some really good cricket last two years. It was a tough series in Sri Lanka and as a team we have learnt a lot from that time.

On Test series win against Pakistan in UAE

We just need to get positives of the last series. We are more confident after winning against Pakistan. We just tried to play five bowlers, as a good team you need 20 wickets to win a match. Then fielding is one area we are looking at and keep our energies up for five days. The weather was really hot in UAE, we used five bowlers … Here we saw the pitch yesterday, it looked green and hard. Maybe, the seamers will come into play in this game.

On the weather in Kolkata

You can t control the weather. As a team we have a good game plan. We have something up our sleeves. We are coming tomorrow here to play the game without thinking about the weather. If it rains we will change the game plan and go forward.