GALLE: Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva will return to the staff after recovering from Covid-19, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne mentioned Friday forward of the primary Check in opposition to Pakistan.
The 2-match collection begins Saturday in Galle, the place the hosts first misplaced to after which hammered Australia in current weeks.
They are going to be bolstered by the return of de Silva, a batting all-rounder who was one in all 4 gamers to get the virus earlier than and throughout the second Check in opposition to Australia.
De Silva replaces Kamindu Mendis, who made a formidable 61 on debut within the earlier match.
“Oshada Fernando will open the innings with me. Dhananjaya De Silva takes his place again and we’ll need to look once more who’s batting at 5 and 6,” Karunaratne mentioned.
“I imply Dhananjaya or (Dinesh) Chandimal. As a result of Chandi is in good type after taking part in at quantity 5.”
Chandimal hit an unbeaten 206 earlier than left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya returned a match haul of 12 wickets on debut because the hosts beat Australia by an innings and 39 runs to finish the collection stage at 1-1.
Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, boast a harmful bowling assault led by ace fast Shaheen Shah Afridi and have introduced again veteran spinner Yasir Shah on tracks which might be anticipated to spin.
“They are a completely different staff. Good in opposition to spin as properly,” Karunaratne mentioned of his opposition.
“Beforehand, they’ve completed fairly good within the Check stage. We’ve to do our fundamentals properly if we need to preserve them restricted.”
Pakistan misplaced a house collection to Australia in March however edged out Sri Lanka in Exams of their final tour to the island nation in 2015.
Essential World Check Championship factors will likely be on supply within the collection, with Sri Lanka transferring to 3rd place after the Australia win and Pakistan at 4 within the present desk.
“It is good to see that we’re increased up after taking part in an excellent collection,” mentioned Karunaratne.
“If we will win each Check matches, now we have an excellent likelihood of taking part in within the WTC closing (subsequent 12 months). However I’m making an attempt to play one after the other.”
Azam mentioned he expects spin to dominate the matches.
“It’s a typical spinning wicket and that is what we noticed within the collection in opposition to Australia,” mentioned Azam.
“Any staff can be tough at house as they know the situations,” he added. “They’ve some skilled spinners of their facet, so we’re trying ahead to play good cricket in opposition to them.”
Azam praised the 36-year-old Yasir, who claimed 24 wickets within the staff’s earlier Check win in Sri Lanka seven years in the past, for making a comeback.
“Positively he has made an excellent comeback and the way in which he has ready and labored on his health,” mentioned Azam.
“The way in which he bowled in Rawalpindi after which within the follow recreation in Colombo was good. He’s an skilled bowler and will likely be powerful for the opposition.”
Sri Lanka’s 12: Oshada Fernando, Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Ramesh Mendis, Maheesh Theekshana, Prabath Jayasuriya, Kasun Rajitha, Asitha Fernando.