India bats first at Galle for winning advantages

 . Last updated on July 26, 2017, 12:58 PM
India bats first at Galle for winning advantages
Allrounder Hardik Pandya will debut Test in the first match of the series.


India opted to bat winning the toss. This has been the best course so far in Galle. The team has advantages not only with its form but also at ground conditions now. In last 10 years, the team electing to bat first has won 12 times in 18, while the number of loss was 3. This has been the trend in the overall history of Galle. It has hosted 29 Tests so far, of which, the team batting first won 24. However, for India it has been different. India has lost three of four test matches they played on the pitch. In the match India won, the team also won the toss and elected to bat first.

Sri Lanka has been quite upbeat in their recent test record. The team won five matches of six they played recently. Before a year Sri Lanka even whitewashed Australia. India, currently, has a formidable test form. The team is at the top of ICC Test Ranking. India won the previous test series against West Indies. In the tournament, the team lost only a single match. Sri Lanka won their last fixture against Zimbabwe. It was only a single test series.

In terms of players, Sri Lanka has been through massive change. The return of players like Upul Tharanga has been phenomenal to the team. Tharanga came back to the team from being dropped a year ago. He is now the captain of the side. Another player in spot light is Rangana Herath, who is on top of his form. He climbed to second Test bowler position pushing R Ashwin to third in ICC bowlers ranking. His strong stance against Zimbabwe was the key to Sri Lanka’s victory in the previous tussle.

India introduced Hardik Pandya in the team. The all-rounder might debut in place of Rohit Sharma in the team at number 6. Virat Kohli is careful not to mess up with the top batting order keep it to Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara. Sri Lanka selected Dinesh Chandimal as the stand in captain for the match. The team came up with a strong bowling force to counter India.

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