Sri Lanka will face its first real test of the World Cup on Saturday when the tournament co-host takes on Pakistan in Group A.
The two former World Cup winners have started their campaigns with thumping wins, trouncing Canada and Kenya respectively in their opening matches in the southern town of Hambantota.
For Saturday, the statistics will be on Pakistan’s side, after winning all six previous World Cup matches against Sri Lanka, although the teams have not met since the 1992 edition when Pakistan went on to defeat England in the final.
A crowd of 35,000 is expected to get behind Sri Lanka on Saturday, a factor Afridi which feared could be a threat to his team.
Kapugedera meanwhile dismissed any idea that the home supporters could add to the expectations on his side and create unwanted pressure on the players.
“It’s a big advantage,” he said. “They support us even when we don’t do well.”