Dinesh Chandimal said Ravindra Jadeja's suspension has given Sri Lanka a lift and his side have "something up our sleeves" as they attempt to deny India a Test series whitewash. Sources have indicated that the think-tank of the Indian team is of the view that the performance in the "A" series should be rewarded. As the team left the coast and the plains for the elevation - at 500m above sea level it doesn't quite feel right to call the town at the foot of the Hunnasrigirya Range highlands - of the central part of the country, normal service resumed. This is gonna be a formal final test match. Virat Kohli raced against time to be fit, a race he would eventually lose. "We want to take advantage of the best batting conditions".
"I personally feel that it (thinking about 3-0) is just a distraction that causes people to be over-excited and that causes people to look too far ahead what might be the outcome of this particular game". "So it's probably a different kind of situation".
India's tour of Sri Lanka is scheduled to finish on September 6, meaning their players could potentially be available for the final three rounds of the County Championship season. The fact that India have been playing so much cricket of late means they can afford to take a day or two off when it comes to training.
On the other hand, the hosts made three changes by including Lakshan Sadakan, Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando in place of Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjaya de Silva. In the two Tests that they have played on pitches offering them any help, both Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami have struck crucial blows whenever they have been handed the red cherry. The Colombo Test was won by an even more comfortable margin of an innings and 53 runs.
As things stand, not Sri Lanka but rain stands in India's path as they seek history. Among overseas countries, India have better win-loss records only in Bangladesh (won 6, lost 0) and Zimbabwe (won 3, lost 2). Now, they appear to be pinning their hopes on fast bowling, with what appears to be a seam-friendly surface unveiled at Pallekele.
The weather might play spoilsport, with forecasts predicting scattered showers and thunderstorms across the country over the next five days.