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Well prepared to tackle Ashwin, Jadeja: Karunaratne

Sunday, 12 November 2017 13:08
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KOLKATA, November 11: Sri Lanka's left-handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne is willing to think out of the box in an attempt to counter spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the upcoming three-match Test series against India.

Karunaratne was the leading scorer with 285 runs in their 0-3 loss to India in September, including a valiant 141 in the second innings of the first Test.

"I know Jadeja and Ashwin are both hungry for wickets. Every time they bowl it's about sticking to the basics. If I don't give them any chance, they will try to do something else. If we need them to change the field you have to do something extra.

"That's my gameplan... I wait for the loose ones and I will stick to that. If it does not work I will think out of the box and give some extra pressure to the bowlers," Karunaratne told reporters after day one of their tour match against Board President's XI.

Fresh from a career-best 196 that came against Pakistan in the second Test in Dubai last month, Karunaratne said the 141 in the second innings against India was confidence- boosting. (PTI)

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