Wednesday, 20 December 2017 - 10:25
“SL determined to do well in T20 series” – Thisara Perera


Sri Lanka skipper Thisara Perera is confident of a Sri Lanka comeback in the T20 series against India, insisting that his side would look to "flush out" the negativity following heavy defeats in the preceding Tests and ODIs.
From being ordinary in the Test series, Sri Lanka caught India unawares with a surprise bowling effort in the first One-day International, but could not capitalize on the momentum and lost the series 1-2.
"It was a bad ODI series but we have to take good things from the first match. There were a lot of positives. We have to flush out the negatives. It's a new series and we hope to start well," Perera said on the eve of the T20I series opener at the Barabati Stadium.
"We have good talents, death bowlers, and power hitters. We will do our best tomorrow. I've to give more confidence to the young players. I don't think they have pressure, they have to give 100 percent. Personally, I know they have a good mindset and they can come very strongly”, he added.
India has rested many of their main team players, including skipper Virat Kohli and Perera said: "We don't think about just one player. We are concentrating on playing our game. I want to play my natural game."
Tharanga attacked the Indian bowling en-route his 82-ball 95 and Perera gave credit to their batting coach Thilan Samaraweera.
"He made some technical changes which were the main reason for his success. I've to thank our batting coach."
This will be Sri Lanka’s 100th T20 international and so far they have won 51 matches. With this game, Sri Lanka will become the 4th international side to reach the 100-match milestone.
New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa are the other 3 nations who have played 100 T20I’s.
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