Today is the first match for India with new coach. Currently India holds 1st position in the ICC test rankings whereas Lanka is at 7th position.
Sri Lanka has won five of their six most recent Tests.
India will obviously be favourites for today’s match.
Still, strange things happen on the island. No one expected a 3-0 thrashing of Australia last year.
The pitch is expected to be hard and covered with grass. The pitch will be batsman-friendly. The ball is expected to come on the bat easily.
Afternoon showers are always a matter of concern in this weather.
Last 5 Completed Matches:
Sri Lanka WLWLL
Sri Lanka 1 Upul Tharanga, 2 Dimuth Karunaratne, 3 Kusal Mendis, 4 Danushka Gunathilaka, 5 Angelo Mathews, 6 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 7 Asela Gunaratne, 8 Dilruwan Perera, 9 Rangana Herath (capt), 10 Lahiru Kumara, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
India 1 Abhinav Mukund, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Rohit Sharma/Hardik Pandya, 7 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Ravindra Jadeja, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Mohammed Shami
Stats and trivia:
* This will be R Ashwin’s 50th Test match.
* Rangana Herath will be leading Sri Lanka for fifth time. He has three wins and a loss on his record.
* There has not been a drawn Test in Sri Lanka for three years. 16 most-recent matches have yielded results.