India travel to Galle with little time to patch up their wounds after suffering their heaviest ever innings defeat to Sri Lanka in the first Test at Colombo.
The tourists collapsed twice in the opening match of the three-Test series before eventually going down by an innings and 239 runs on Saturday.
And if Anil Kumble and his men are hoping for an easier ride at the International Stadium they are likely to be disappointed - the hosts have lost just one of their last nine Tests at Galle since July 2000.
Sri Lankan spinners Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mandis did the damage in Colombo, sharing 19 wickets during devastating individual spells.
Muralithan's wizardry has always shone especially bright at the Galle International Stadium, where he has taken 91 of his world-record 746 wickets in 12 Tests.
This time out there will be no respite for the visitors as he has found an able partner in unorthodox spinner Mendis.
Mendis' match bag of 8-132 at the SSC was the best ever by a Sri Lankan debutant and the conditions suggest he and Murali may be in for plenty more success when the second Test begins on Thursday.
"The pitch here is basically spin-friendly," said curator and former Sri Lankan bowler Jayananda Warnaweera.
"Murali has always bowled well here and I think Mendis will also succeed because he has variations. It has always been a lucky ground for Sri Lanka."
While India have world class batsmen in Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Venkatsai Laxman, all failed to match Sri Lanka's batting prowess in the first match.
Four Sri Lankan batsmen - skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Malinda Warnapura, Thilan Samaraweera and Tillakaratne Dilshan - scored centuries, while Laxman was India's top-scorer with 56.
Opener Gautam Gambhir said India were confident of putting in an improved batting performance in the second Test.
"We will look to be more positive against Mendis and Murali as both of them are quality spinners. But we are going to put up a much better show as the guys are really positive," he said.
Muralitharan troubled the Indian batsmen in the lone Test played between the two countries at Galle, taking eight wickets to inspire Sri Lanka to a 10-wicket win in 2001.
Sri Lanka have called up pace bowler Dammika Prasad into the 15-man squad for the second Test.
However, it is expected that rival fast bowler Thilan Thushara will be selected ahead the 25-year-old should any changes to the opening bowling attack be made.
Sri Lanka squad: Mahela Jayawardene (capt), Michael Vandort, Malinda Warnapura, Kumar Sangakkara, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Prasanna Jayawardene, Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Thushara, Nuwan Kulasekera, Chamara Kapugedera, Dammika Prasad.
India squad: Anil Kumble (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Parthiv Patel, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha.