The first test of the 3 match test series between India and hosts Sri Lanka begins on Wednesday 26th July 2017 at Galle International Stadium in Galle.
These two Asian giants will be taking on each other in the longest format of this gentlemen’s game of cricket.
Hosts Sri Lanka will be relived after their record chase against Zimbabwe and India has done well in the tests matches over the years. India won the series against West Indies at their home; they defeated New Zealand, England Bangladesh and Australia comprehensively and crowned the number 1 side in the test format.
From their last tour to Sri Lanka in 2015, India has lost just 2 test matches under Virat Kohli’s leadership.
On this tour the visitors will look to dominate in this test series as well.
On the other hand Sri Lanka will look to upset the number ranked test team. Sri Lanka recent achievement in test matches is that they chased down a sniff target to win the lone test match against Zimbabwe.
Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews recently step down from his captaincy after the loss to Zimbabwe in the ODI series. Mathews was one of the greatest captains for Sri Lanka. He is the first captain to win the test series against Australia at home.
The Aussies were whitewashed by the Lankans when they toured Sri Lanka last year.
Dinesh Chandimal has been named the captain for the test matches; unfortunately he won’t be available for the 1st two test matches. In his absence senior Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath will captain the test team.
This test match will witness the battle between number 1, 2 and 3 bowlers of the ICC test rankings. The battle is between number 1 bowler Ravindra Jadeja, number 2 bowler and stand in skipper Rangana Herath and number 3 bowler Ravichandran Ashwin.
The contest between these 3 spin bowling legends will add more flavour in this test series. It will be very interesting to see that who will emerge the number 1 bowler in the tests after this series.
Stat between India and Sri Lanka in Test Matches –
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Sri Lanka should remember their bowling heroics at Galle International Stadium in 2015. At that time also the first test was held at this particular stadium. It was an awesome spell of spin bowling by Rangana Herath which made Sri Lanka to win that 1st test match. But Herath failed to deliver in next two matches and so Sri Lanka lost the series 2-1.
On the other hand India has to be careful of Sri Lanka’s weapon Rangana Herath. Kohli and his men can’t take this spin legend lightly. India can’t afford to give wickets to Herath. They should learn from the mistake that they did in the first test at Galle in 2015.
Opening the batting is also concern for India in the first test match. KL Rahul is out of the squad for this opening test match. The question arises that who will open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan? Will Kohli open the innings as he did in 2015 test tour? Or India will go with Abhinav Mukund?
These are the tough questions that Virat Kohli and Head Coach Ravi Shastri have to answer.
For Sri Lanka Nuwan Pradeep and Dhananjeya are back in the test squad, having Nuwan Pradeep is a great asset for the Sri Lankan team. His skill with the new ball is simply outstanding.
The predicted playing 11 for India –
in absence of KL Rahul, Virat Kohli might open the innings or India will shuffle with Ajinkya Rahane in the batting order.
Kohli (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane, Saha, Jadeja, Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohd Shami, Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The predicted playing eleven for Sri Lanka –
Rangana Herath (C), Upul Tharanga, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Suranga Lakmal, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep