India Look to Bounce Back in the Epic Test

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India vs Srilanka 2015 2nd Test

India vs Srilanka Test Match 2 Preview

Thursday, August 20th will mark an important day in the history of cricket as two of the modern day greats, Kumar Sangakkara and Michael Clarke, will bid adieu to the international cricket. Talking about the former, he has been one of the great batsman modern cricket has seen, adding to that the additional Wicket keeper role he managed for a considerable time, he no less than a cricketing great.

Amongst the Test batsmen who have played a minimum of hundred Tests, Sangakkara has the highest average (57.71) and is expected to finish as the batsman with the highest average. While in the all time average he is second in the list.

Talking about the Test match on our hands after being at the top for three days in the Test match, India lost the whole Test match on the fourth day on a pitch which seemed devoid of any extraordinary spin. As Kohli admitted there were not any horrors in the pitch as the Indian batsmen succumbed to the pressure.

Chasing a target of 176, India needed one good partnership to ensure a win but that did not happen for the visitors as they were out done by some excellent bowling on the fourth day by Rangana Herath as he managed to take seven Indian wickets.

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India is already without their run scoring opener Shikhar Dhawan as he is out of the series due to an injury. With Stuart Binny included in the side India is half backtracking on the five-bowler plan as Binny is neither a full time bowler nor is he an established test batsman. The inclusion of Binny in the Test squad indicates the jitters in the Indian camp as they look to save the series starting Monday.

In the spin department Mishra and Ashwin looked impressive but third spinner, Harbhajan Singh has looked out of form and failed to impress where all the other spinners were able to price out some wickets.

Sri Lanka on the other hand were saved by the match winning knock by Dinesh Chandimal in the 3rd innings as he scored 169 runs to ensure a fighting total for his team. Though they won the match Lankan camp will be far from satisfied with their batting and they all the more reason to worry as after this Test they will be without the world’s best number three.

Both the teams were far from their best and it will be imperative for both of them to perform better in the second test.

India vs Srilanka Test Match 2 Team News

The inclusion of Stuart Binny has complicated the team combination and it will be either Harbhajan Singh or Varun Aaron who may have to sit out. But given a dry pitch at Colombo Bhajji is expected to be in the XI which means Varun Aaron may have to sit out. While Shikhar Dhawan will miss rest of the series India will be looking at Murali Vijay’s fitness and will hope he gets fit in time for the match.

India (probable XI): 1. Murali Vijay 2. KL Rahul 3. Rohit Sharma 4. Virat Kohli 5. Ajinkya Rahane 6. Wridhiman Saha 7. Stuart Binny 8. R Ashwin 9. Harbhajan Singh 10. Amit Mishra 11. Ishant Sharma

Sri Lanka too has injury concerns as Nuwan Pradeep is expected to miss the second Test which means Dushmantha Chameera, whomade his debut against Pakistan, may get a game.

Sri Lanka (probable XI): 1. Dimuth Karunaratne 2. Kaushal Silva 3. Kumar Sangakkara 4. Lahiru Thirimane 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Jehan Mubarak 7. Dinesh Chandimal 8. Dhamika Prasad 9. T Kausal 10. Rangana Herath 11. D Chameera

India vs Srilanka Test Match 1 Pitch Report

Match is to be played at P Sara Oval and the pitch is believed to be a hard and dry one. Spinners will extract some bounce along with the spin which is the weapon for Harbhajan Singh.

Good news is of the last ten matches played here nine of them have produced results. Last match played here between these two teams was won by India by 5 wickets as VVS Laxman notched up a century in the fourth innings to give India a comfortable win by five wickets.

Rangana Herath has 25 wickets at this venue in the five matches he has played here which includes three five-wicket haul.

India vs Srilanka Test Match 2 Odds and Prediction

Sri Lanka is 2.80 to win this match while India and Draw is 3.25 and 2.50 respectively. Given how India is panicking and responding to the situation rather sticking to their plan we are backing Sri Lanka and Draw throughout the course of the match.

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