As Lahiru Thirimanne continues to suffer from back stiffness, Sadeera Samarawickrama will most likely get the opportunity to make his test debut in the day/night test later today.
Sri Lanka will feel confident after winning the first test at Abu Dhabi earlier this week.
However, the pink ball will test the visitors to some extent as they have never played an international day/night test before.
Moreover, Sadeera’s inclusion can be a blessing in disguise for Sri Lanka as Lahiru Thirimanne has not done so well in the recent past. Sri Lanka may also opt to go with middle-order batsman Roshen Silva.
“Thirimanne is having some back stiffness. We need to see him today and take a decision before the game starts tomorrow. Actually we are excited because this is our first pink ball Test match. We played last season with the pink ball in domestic cricket but not the day and night. So this is the first day and night we are playing and it will be a good challenge for the team but I am sure the guys will take this challenge very well,” said Dinesh Chandimal.
“I have played one game in domestic cricket with the pink ball and I feel the first 20 to 25 overs there will be a bit of seam movement.. more helpful for the fast bowlers and especially when the ball gets older there is a lot of reverse swing under lights. But will have to see in these conditions how the ball behaves as it is very hot out here. Traditionally in Dubai, there is a lot of help for spin,” he added.
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