Brisbane - Sri Lanka have closely studied the way India
defeated Australia in their recent Test series, but captain Dinesh Chandimal
said on Wednesday his side will still need a miracle to do the same.
Speaking to reporters ahead of Thursday's opening Test at
the Gabba, Chandimal was cautious when asked about Sri Lanka's chances.
"It's definitely a challenge for us, and if you can
take this challenge - and as a batsman or as a bowler you give it your best
shot and give 200 percent to the team - we can do a miracle here," he
"That's what we want to do as a team, and we'll keep
our fingers crossed."
Chandimal said he had kept a close eye on the
"outstanding cricket" played by India in their first Test series win
in Australia, which wrapped up earlier this month.
"When India were bowling between 40 and 80 overs they
didn't give any runs away in that period. They kept it at under three an over.
That's the area where I think they won the series," he said.
"If we want to win a game that is the area we'll have to
improve, and we're aware of that."
The Sri Lankan skipper said he wasn't perturbed by the
notoriously fast and bouncy Gabba wicket.
"When you look at the pitch you can see a lot of grass
on the wicket," he said.
"We have got really good fast bowlers - Suranga
(Lakmal), Lahiru Kumara, (Dushmantha) Chameera. Kumar can bowl over 140
(kilometres per hour) - so that's a real plus," he added.
Chandimal said he wanted to make history and become the
first Sri Lankan captain to win a Test series in Australia, but wouldn't take
his opponents lightly.
"We never underestimate the Australians," he said.
"They have some really good players, but in their
batting unit they are missing a lot of experienced players. So if we can get
early wickets we can put them under pressure."