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Dilshan: It’s even at the moment

Mumbai: Tillekaratne Dilshan Wednesday wished that the referral system had been in place for the present series versus India. The Lanka opener was out to a dubious decision when he looked set for a bigger knock, on 109.

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The match…

It’s very even right now. The wicket is not easy to bat on… there is a lot of turn and bounce.

Sri Lankan game plan

First, we should pass the 400 mark. With Angelo (Mathews) in good nick, we can do that.

His two centuries in the series

Definitely this was the better knock. The wicket in the first Test was flat, but here it was challenging. I had to leave a lot of deliveries. They (India) bowled really well but after the first 10 overs I felt easy and started to play my strokes.

The referral system not being used

Definitely… Had the referral system been there, I would be still batting.

Opening the innings

In Tests, the captain and selectors wanted me to open to balance the side so that Angelo Mathews could come in at No.6 as an all-rounder. For the sake of the team, I agreed.

His form this year

I had a great start in Bangladesh (where he scored two hundreds in the Chittagong Test). I hope to carry on in the same way.

Muttiah Muralidharan…

He will enjoy the bounce and turn. He can do some damage in the next couple of days.

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