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De Silva believes current coach Hathurusingha's ease of communication with players gives him an advantage over a foreign guy.
Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been banned for two matches following his team’s slow over-rate against Bangladesh.
The 28-year-old would temporarily take over the captaincy in the absence of Angelo Mathews owing to his hamstring injury.
After a dismal last few months, Sri Lanka appeared to have turned the tide by winning the recent tri-nation tournament with an emphatic 79-run victory against Bangladesh in the final one-dayer.
Sri Lanka ended their miserable run with the win against Zimbabwe, keeping their hopes alive of making the tri-series final.
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Chandimal and his team work masks to combat pollution on day two at the Feroze Shah Kotla with some of them falling sick.
De Silva, unbeaten on 72, added 84 runs for the fifth wicket with skipper Chandimal (27), on a day when Feroz Shah Kotla was bathed in bright sunshine, cutting through the haze.
Dinesh Chandimal was left out of the 16-member Sri Lankan one-day squad for the three-match series against India despite his face-saving century in the ongoing third Test.
Thisara Perera's team has been ratified by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera after an initial confusion that led to stopping of nine players departing for India.
All-rounder Asela Gunaratne and opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka return to the side that has lost 21 one-day games this year and won just four.
At Kotla, when he walked in late on Sunday evening, Chandimal knew there was no room for mistakes, particularly with his friend, the experienced Mathews, not in the best of form.
At the break, the visitors trailed by 266 runs with six first-innings wickets remaining.
Mathews has so far faced 194 balls, hitting 11 boundaries and two sixes. Chandimal has so far consumed 165 balls, hitting seven fours in the process.
India are currently 1-0 up in the three-match rubber and would aim to wrap up the third Test in style before engaging in a brief limited overs series with the Islanders.