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Angelo Mathews wants positive approach from Sri Lanka

Angelo Mathews wants positive approach from Sri Lanka
Angelo Mathews will be desperate to win his first Test as Sri Lankan skipper against New Zealand.
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Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews stressed on the importance to play positive cricket when they take the field for the second Test against New Zealand on Friday.

Sri Lanka are currently 1-0 down in the series, having lost the first game to New Zealand in Dunedin by 122 runs and now they are facing a must-win situation in the second Test to level the series.

Earlier, interim coach of Sri Lanka Jerome Jayaratne revealed that the pitch for the second Test has been doctored with grass to favour New Zealand.

Stating he is not surprised to see the grass on the pitch, Mathews urged the team to go all out for a win in Hamilton, even if it means to go 2-0 down in the series.

"It's just a matter of getting our mindset right," Mathews said.

"It doesn't matter if we lose 2-0 by trying to win this game.

"Our seamers will also get some assistance.

"We have a very good chance. It's just a matter of applying ourselves."

In the first Test in Dunedin, Sri Lanka opted to field first on winning the toss while allowing New Zealand to post 431 in the first innings.

Not ruing his decision to field first, the Sri Lankan captain blamed on the lack of consistency from the bowlers which let the New Zealand batsmen off the hook.

"We let them off the hook and once they got to 400, it was really tough for us to get back into the game.

"As I keep saying, we've got to be positive from the word go, not look to be too cautious, and just go out there and enjoy and play positive cricket."

Barring Dimuth Karunratne, Dinesh Chandimal and Nuwan Pradeep there were not many positives for Sri Lanka in the first game.

Karunaratne scored 88 in the first innings while Chandimal notched up twin half-centuries in the game. Pradeep was impressive with the ball with his four-wicket haul restricting New Zealand to 431 in the first innings after they were 334 for three at one stage.

The positions of Kusal Mendis and Udara Jayasundera might be in danger with the experienced Kaushal Silva waiting on the bench.

Despite the failures, Mathews backed the youngsters to come out good with more experience under their belt.

"We're trying to settle in as a team.

"I know we have so many younger players, but we just can't throw them out after one game.

"We have to show faith in them.

We might lose the odd Test on the way, but it's just a matter of having patience and trusting them." 

Sri Lanka under Mathews have lost all the three Tests they played against New Zealand previously. 

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