Its time for second test as India won the first one brutally against Lanka.
Lanka are strengthened by the return of their captain Dinesh Chandimal, but the balance of the side has been compromised by Gunaratne’s absence.
There is another bad news for Lanka that India have a selection call to make at the top of their order now that KL Rahul is fit again.
India is not taking Lanka lightly. They will perform their best in the next match as well.
Kohli said that they need to stay composed and disciplined when the opposition puts together a partnership.
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The pitch seems like the ball will start turning from Day 2 only.
It is expected to be a low scoring match.
Both the teams will try to bat first and take advantage of plain surface on Day 1.
Isolated showers are forecast throughout the Test.
Sri Lanka : 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Rangana Herath, 10 Malinda Pushpakumara, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
India: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt.), Ajinkya Rahane, 6 R Ashwin, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Mohammed Shami
Watch Out For
He is the most experienced player in Lanka’s squad. His return will surely strengthen the team. The Captain is expected to better the conditions pf the team unlike the last match.
Dhawan is trying to be consistent. He is trying to continue his excellent form after the Champions Trophy. He scored 190 of just 168 balls in the last match. His form will help the team to snatch another victory from Lanka.
Stats and trivia
* This will be Cheteshwar Pujara’s 50th Test. He has scored hundreds in each of the two Tests he has played in Sri Lanka so far.
* R Ashwin needs 50 more runs to get to 2000 Test runs.
* Sri Lanka’s highest scorer from Galle – Dimuth Karunaratne – is also their highest scorer for the year so far.