Ind v Sri Lanks: Team Sri Lanka warm up to Vizag after cold Mohali, Dharamsala

Updated: Dec 17, 2017, 11:12 IST | Harit N Joshi | Visakhapatnam

After battling the freezing cold in northern India for the first two ODIs, the Sri Lankan team welcomed the warmer weather here which is pretty much to what they are used to back home

After battling the freezing cold in northern India for the first two ODIs, the Sri Lankan team welcomed the warmer weather here which is pretty much to what they are used to back home. For Sri Lanka, a victory on Sunday against India in the final match of the three-match series here at the ACA-VDCA Dr YSR Stadium will snap their three-series losing streak.

Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera bats during a practice session in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Sri Lanka captain Thisara Perera bats during a practice session in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. Pic/AFP

Welcome change
"Definitely, Vizag is similar to Sri Lanka when it comes to the weather. Mohali and Dharamsala were completely different. It was a totally different story. I hope we will be able to do something special as this is something similar to what we find at home," said Sri Lankan skipper Thisara Perera. Sri Lanka desperately need to change their habit of losing. For that to happen, they need to instill the winning attitude. Going by Saturday's pre-match press conference, Sri Lankan skipper seemed to have already conceded defeat to superior India.

Just another game
"From our side we take it as just another game. We are not thinking too much as to whether the series is at stake or whatever. We want to play just another game. India are the best team in the world and I am sure they will be under some sort of pressure," said Thisara. Going into the final, the Sri Lankans may look to swap batting positions of No. 3 Lahiru Thirimanne and No. 5 Niroshan Dickwella. Thirimanne has a zero and 21 in two matches in the series, while Dickwella has scored 48 runs with the best average (48.00) among Lankan batsmen. Perera did not reveal much when it came to team changes and combination. "We will take a look at the wicket and decide tomorrow," he said.

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