August 3 marks the start of the second test between team India and Sri Lanka.
Team India, apparently, has already set its momentum as they walk into the match having a 304-run win over the hosts. The pitch, during the practice session, was same as the one for Galle.
Virat Kohli also praised the hard surface of the pitch. He stated that such kind of pitch is where India plays its best games. He further added that the significant chunk of success has come under such pitches. However, the pitch went through a transformation overnight, and it is now a paradise for spinners. The bowling department, of both the teams, looks equally strong. India, anyway, has an edge over Sri Lanka in batting and the fielding department.
Winning the toss will be crucial. The team, batting first, will have certain advantage over the other team. Winning the toss and capitalizing on it is the most important task at hand. The plus point for Sri Lanka, right before the test, is the fitness of Rangana Herath and Dinesh Chandimal. Rangana Herath will look forward to bowl on this surface.
Sri Lanka had some positives from the first test. Upul Tharanga, Dilruwan Perera, Niroshan Dickwella and Dimuth Karunaratne were among the run getters. Nuwan Pradeep would also enter with a boost after coming from a six-fer in the first test. Malinda Pushpakumara might make his debut tomorrow. Dinesh Chandimal will replace Asela Gunaratne and one of Lahiru Thirimanne and Dhananjaya De Silva might replace Danushka Gunathilaka.
India, on the other hand, would change their tactics after the turnaround in the pitch. However, this will not change their momentum and they will still look to defeat the already battered Lankans. India might bring in their third spinner, Kuldeep Yadav, on this wicket. He might come in for Hardik Pandya. Also, with KL Rahul fit, he will take up the opening of the slot ahead of Abhinav Mukund.
Stats And Trivia:
- Cheteshwar Pujara is going to be the 31st Indian to play 50 Test matches.
- Cheteshwar Pujara is just 34 runs away to reach 4000 test runs.
- Ravichandran Ashwin is just 50 runs away to become the fourth Indian to achieve a double of 2000 runs and 250 wickets.
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