For the hosts, the task ahead is as onerous as it was in the first Test. He is a really good batsman. "It's something that we can still identify and work on in the next two games as well". To make the day even more special for his better half, Dhawan took to Instagram and shared a attractive picture. "You can see a big difference". "Sri Lanka will have to do things out of the box and see if they can compete with India", he said. The skipper said his side is prepared to tackle the high-quality Indian spinners.
Kohli's decision to not enforce the follow on after Sri Lanka collapsed for 291 in the first innings worked out well for him.
At times you need to just fine-tune the players because the amount of cricket that's being played, they might get into the odd bad habit without realising it.
"We've been doing all the tough work". It's been hard for him, we all know that, because he was batting so well and then he was out because of this. Parthiv Patel scored important runs against England, even opened the innings when other openers were not available, but had to relinquish his slot as soon as Wriddhiman Saha was fit. We have a team meeting later on, after practice.
"To be honest, I don't have much to say on this". The home side will also hope veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who looked pedestrian in the first match, will deliver against a strong Indian line-up. Lahiru Thirimanne has been recalled to the squad as a replacement for the injured Asela Gunaratne while Suranga Lakmal has been ruled out owing to back spasms. Talking about Herath and Thirimanne, Chandimal said: "Rangana is a legend".
When KL Rahul last came to Sri Lanka, he was a century or nothing batsman, hitting 7, 5, 108, 2, 2 and 2 across his six innings here in 2015. "That's where the experience of having played the game and watched it for so long comes in handy", he added.
"The amount of cricket that's played, you can fall into a bad habit". We have already discussed them. Looking at the conditions, we could go with anyone.
India: Kohli's side had a big opening combination conundrum to solve, but it looks as if they've made up their mind.
"Last time around as well we thought it was a great wicket for Test cricket". We want to go and win. I think from that point of view, it was good to get back into the groove and do things that are supposed to be done to win a Test match.