Sri Lankan skipper Thisara Perera is confident that his side will bounce back in the three-match T20 International series in India, starting today at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack.
He also stressed the need to "flush out" the negativity following defeats in the preceding Test series and One Day International series at the hands of India.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference in Cuttack on Tuesday, Thisara Perera told reporters, “It was a bad ODI series but we have to take good things from the first match. There were a lot of positives. We have to flush out the negatives. It's a new series and we hope to start well.”
He further added, “We have good talents, death bowlers, and power hitters. We will do our best tomorrow. I've to give more confidence to the young players. I don't think they have pressure; they have to give 100 percent. Personally, I know they have a good mindset and they can come very strongly.”
Commenting on the ODI series decider, Perera said, “We got a good start but then we didn't execute our plans, that's the main reason why we lost. It won't happen again and again. It was a one-off game.”
In the morning session at the Barabati Stadium, Sri Lanka had a net session but the touring side thinktank sent a few players in the evening to check on dew. Although, Lankan skipper believes that both teams will have to deal with dew in Cuttack T20I on Wednesday.
Perera concluded by saying, “With a 7 pm start, both teams will have to deal with dew. We have to look for a good start and build pressure. The main target is to get 150-plus.”