India in Sri Lanka 2017

‘We can pull off one win’: Stand-in captain Kapugedera upbeat about ending India’s dominance

The 30-year-old denied that the Sri Lankans were low on confidence.

Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Chamara Kapugedera, on Tuesday, said the fighting effort in a losing cause in the second One-day International against India here has given them the belief that they can still win a game in the ongoing series, reported PTI.

Kapugedera denied that the team was low on confidence. Instead, he said Sri Lanka finally have found some momentum for the first time in the ongoing series, what if they are yet to taste a victory against the Indians.

“I don’t think we are struggling. I think there is a good atmosphere in the team. The way we played we are having lot of confidence. Everyone is together and hopefully we can pull off one win. After the last game we believe that we can win. We played really well,” Kapugedera said on the eve of the third ODI here.

Unheralded mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya, who scalped six wickets on Thursday, infused life into the series, which has been panned by all and sundry for the lopsided contests starting with the Test matches to take Sri Lanka tantalisingly close to a victory.

MS Dhoni’s experience in pressure situations came in handy as he successfully anchored a tricky chase, guiding India to a three-wicket victory in the second ODI. “It was a fine effort by Akila Dhanajanya,” the Lanka stand-in skipper said. “

One hurdle we have to overcome and things will fall in line. We are disappointed to lose the last game. But we need to take all the positives from it as well. We don’t want to take any negatives. We need to take positives. Hopefully the guys will come up and do the job,” Kapugedera added.

Kapugedera will lead Sri Lanka for the first time in his career after Upul Tharanga has been banned for two matches following a repeat slow over rate offence.“I have captained my school teams and I have captained Provincial and club teams.

‘Captaincy a challenge’

I have captained at every domestic competition. It is a huge honour for me to captain my country. I am really happy to get this opportunity,” Kapugedera said. “It’s a challenge for me. Every game is a challenge and I am ready for that challenge. As a team we discussed a lot of things. Whatever we spoke we need to put them into practice,” he added.

Kapugedera will lead Sri Lanka in the next two ODIs, a surprising move considering that Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal is also in the squad.

Chandimal had not been picked initially and overlooking him could mean that he is not a hundred per cent sure to feature in the game on Sunday. Kapugedera, however, denied any such talks.

“We haven’t actually gone through the team or finalised the team. We are still looking around for options. It is hard to say now as to who will open or who will play in the middle order. The selectors will take this call,” he said.

“Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne came into the squad due to injury to Danushka Gunathilaka and ban of Upul. In the last game, whatever the changes we did that was based on our plans. We are not looking at all the remaining three games, but our main focus is winning the next game and to find a winning combination for the next game,” the 30-year-old said.

With three matches remaining, the hosts still need to win two ODIs to mathematically seal their spot in the 2019 ODI World Cup in England.

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