Thisara Perera-led Sri Lanka could win their maiden series in India    Getty Images
Thisara Perera-led Sri Lanka could win their maiden series in India Getty Images

Post their 7-wicket victory at Dharamsala, Sri Lanka have a massive opportunity to clinch their maiden series on Indian soil. Newly-appointed skipper Thisara Perera is on the verge of scripting history. He will certainly hold onto the captaincy slot (till 2019 World Cup) if Sri Lanka defeat India at Mohali (or 3rd ODI at Visakhapatnam). The all-rounder is aware of what awaits his side, and is focused on the job in hand.

Sri Lanka won a quadrangular series (1997) in India, but defeated Pakistan in the best of three finals (2-0). Since then, their best effort was a 1-1 drawn ODI series in India later in that same year.

“This is a fine opportunity for us to win a series. No Sri Lankan team has beaten India in India. We are leading the series. We are keen to win here and settle the series 2-0. We need to put the first game away from our thoughts, focus and move forward”, stated Perera.

Sri Lanka lost a day of preparation, at Mohali, as they were stuck in Dharamsala due to bad weather. Nonetheless, the skipper sounded upbeat.

“I know the conditions here. I have been part of the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) team for a few years and as usual, it looks a very good batting wicket. It will be a high scoring game. We have to handle situations well.”

Hinting at playing the same XI

“There’s no pressure on us for this game. Everyone knows that if we win tomorrow, we will win the series. We will give our best shot. Generally, I would like to stick to the winning team, but we will take a look at the combination, talk to the curator and then take a call”, concluded Perera.