Sitting on a 1-0 lead, Sri Lanka will start the day-night Test in the pink of health, with Dinesh Chandimal confident that the Dubai pitch would behave like the one in Abu Dhabi, thus bringing his match-winner Rangana Herath into the equation once more.
Although five Test matches have been played with the pink ball, this will be the first such experience for Sri Lanka. But Chandimal was confident his team would be able to adapt quickly.
“I have played one game in domestic cricket with the pink ball,” the Sri Lankan captain said on Thursday. “I feel in the first 20 to 25 overs, there will be a bit of seam and swing.
“It will be more helpful for the fast bowlers and specially when the ball gets old, there is a lot of reverse swing .There isn’t that much for the spinners.
“Actually we all are excited because this is our first pink-ball Test match. We played one match with the pink ball in domestic cricket, but it was a day game.
“This is the first day-night game we are playing with the pink ball. It will be a good challenge for the team but I am sure the guys will rise to the challenge very well. I am so looking forward to doing well.”
Despite the change of ball, Chandimal believed the pitch would assist the spinners.
“Actually myself, the coach (Nic Pothas) and the manager (Asanka Gurusinha) went to see the pitch. It is really dry, so I think it is more an Abu Dhabi kind of pitch. I am sure spinners will come into play in this game as well.”
Chandimal said he believed the Pakistani batsmen struggled against left-arm spinners.
“I have normally seen the Pakistan batters really struggle against left-arm spinners, that is what I have seen in the last seven-eight years,” said Chandimal.
“We all know Rangana is a legend and he is an outstanding bowler, so I am sure he will be a really good asset for this game as well. We are keep our fingers crossed,” said Chandimal of the veteran spinner, who took 11 wickets in Sri Lanka’s narrow 21-run win in the first Test.