Sri Lanka are eyeing a complete whitewash against Bangladesh in a bid to reclaim some pride when they will turn up for the T20 International series after defeating the hosts in both the Test and tri-nation series recently.
On Wednesday (February 14), Sri Lanka’s T20 skipper –Upul Tharanga said that the Islanders are looking forward to carrying the confidence after winning the two series forward into the two-match T20I series, starting with the first match on 15 February at Mirpur with the final game to be played at Sylhet on 15 February.
According to a report in Cricbuzz, Upul Tharanga said, “We have done well so far in the one-day tournament and the Test series also, so we have confidence. We've got new faces for the T20. We've got good momentum. We want to carry that forward. Everyone is looking forward to it.”
He further added, “This series is also very important for us as a team. We haven't been consistent in the last one-and-a-half to two years. We've hopes of finishing the series very well.”
Commenting on Mirpur wicket, Tharanga is hoping of getting a good wicket for the T20I series as questions were raised over the quality of pitches served for both tri-nation and the Test series.
The skipper further said, “We can't be sure of it [wicket] until tomorrow. Hopefully, it will be a good wicket. In the one-day series also we got different wickets. In the first two games, the wicket was good, then in the later part of the series, wickets are getting really slow. In the Test match also, we got a bowling track. We hope for a really good wicket tomorrow.”
The 33-year-old also said that they are aware of Bangladesh's strengths and weaknesses while playing with them in the Bangladesh Premier League. He added, “If you take our team, a few of the players have been playing BPL. We've got an idea of how they are doing. They are new to the side and have done well during the BPL.”
Tharanga signed off by saying, “We have seen a few videos about them. We've got an idea about them. The main thing is about wicket and conditions. We've played with a few Bangladeshi players, so we know what they are capable of. It's going to help both sides. They also know what we can do.”