India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar, “The conditions were pretty tough for batting and what didn’t really help us was that we didn’t get an extended passage of play, wherein you had 15-20 overs bowled at a batsman in a particular fashion,” Bangar said on Thursday (November 16).
“So that didn’t allow the batsmen to get into any sort of rhythm. It was very similar to a day-night Test match. At times when you play under such circumstances [under lights], playing with the red ball becomes pretty tough, because it is more difficult to pick the red ball.”
In the 11.3 overs that were bowled by Sri Lanka, India saw three of their top four batsmen get dismissed and finished with just 17 runs in total score.
“As the game progresses into the fourth and fifth days, you’ll also find that because of the dampness, there would be dents on the wicket and variable bounce, which might come into play. So both the spinners are really vital to us,” he opined.